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FACTOIDS & TRIVIA

The X-50 was Guild's entry level electric archtop. It was aimed squarely at the immensely popular Gibson ES-125 which it emulated quite closely. As with all Guilds, the X-50 is highly underrated and it's every bit the equal of the Gibson. In 1959, the neck construction was changed from 3-piece mahogany to 1-piece mahogany, and by late 1961 the model was renamed the Cordoba. The X-50 was discontinued in 1970. This particular guitar was made shortly after the company moved its facility from New York City to Hoboken, New Jersey and is equipped with "stove" knobs. These knobs were used on the X-50, X-150 and X-175 in the late 1950s. It's interesting to note that during the 1950s Guild guitars were finished by part-time employees who were primarily finishers for a furniture company and a small guitar company in New Jersey. Hence, the quality of these finishes are quite good, but the sunburst patterns are not consistent from guitar to guitar. It wasn't until the early 1960s that Guild hired an experienced guitar finisher and it is at that point that the sunbursting became more consistent.

GUILD X-50 GRANADA (1957)


Body:  Hollow; laminated 1-piece maple top, laminated 1-piece maple back, and laminated maple sides; single bound top and back

Finish:  Sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  3-piece Honduran mahogany/maple, set-in; lacquered maple headstock overlay with decal logo

Fingerboard:  Brazilian rosewood; pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets:  20

Pickguard:  Black backed Lucite

Bridge:  Rosewood on rosewood base with Waverly nickel trapeze tailpiece

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:  Waverly, open, nickel

Pickups:  One, Guild single coil with adjustable pole pieces

Controls:  Master tone, master volume

Scale Length:  24 3/4 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  16 3/8 inches

Body Depth:  3 1/8 inches

Weight:  5.7 lbs.







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