1972 marked the end of one of Guild's great thinline electrics in the T-100, with this near mint bookend Blonde showing us just how cool these guitars are and have always been.
Why We Love This
The Guild T-100 entered the NJ-based guitar outfit's lineup in 1958, offering players a "thinline" version of the CE-100. With very little evolution beyond the addition of a second pickup (T-100D), the "Slim Jim" electric hollowbody was akin to the affordability and spec of Gibson's ES-125T model made during the mid/late 60s.
This 1972 Guild T-100 in original and rare Blonde finish could pass as lightly shopworn or even ANOS (almost New Old Stock) in certain arenas. Its laminated Maple body remains incredibly vibrant with loads of rift-sawn grain combining with dashes of flamed figuring throughout. The Mahogany neck and Rosewood fingerboard remain in equally excellent condition with little to show for play wear, frets included.
At a bit under 6lbs, this T-100 is very light and has a surprising amount of acoustic volume for a thinline. We hear this sometimes in a really great Epiphone Casino or Gibson ES-330; the acoustic volume acts as the perfect springboard for the single-coil neck pickup, adding lots of dynamic and touch sensitivity to the equation. It's frankly just as enjoyable to play unplugged as it is plugged in!
With only a handful of string changes and a replaced Rosewood adjustable bridge to disqualify it from being a true time capsule piece, you'd have a hard time finding one cleaner that this.
Price includes new Guild T-100 hardshell case.