Up for sale, a 1958 Guild M-75 Aristocrat in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and polish cloth. This very well-kept and early Aristocrat has all the hallmarks of a '50s Guild including a pair of Franz single coils, transparent speed knobs, G harp tailpiece, and a chambered mahogany body with a spruce top.
In step with the Gibson Les Paul and Gretsch Duo Jet, the M-75 Aristocrat was unveiled with a similar single cutaway body design, although the chambered nature of the Aristocrat gives it a certain airy quality, coupled with the note attack and detail of the spruce top. While similar visually to a P-90, the Franz single coils aren't as hotly wound as their Gibson brethren, and thus have a particularly present top end and smooth EQ curve without too much of a midrange hump. Both pickups have a dry percussive cut, and the bridge pickup is sparkling and crisp, quite sensitive to pick attack. The neck pickup is extremely bold, fat, and a bit angry. It’s a thick, growly sound that retains enough clarity for complex chording and smooth lead work. The guitar weighs only 4lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium depth soft V-shaped profile carve at the nut, transitioning to a rounder C carve with plenty of shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. On the dark bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard the guitar features pearl block inlay, professionally refretted with flawless slender fretwire that plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale. The neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The carved bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock retains the stock near mint Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines with pearloid buttons.
The electronics are 100% original, and the gold plating on the G harp tailpiece and pickup poles has plenty of shine. Plastics include the original pickguard and quartet of transparent speed knobs, while the amber switch tip is a modern replacement. The original height adjustable Brazilian rosewood floating bridge rounds out the hardware.
The original warm Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish has been retained, framed by nigh flawless multi-ply body binding. The guitar exhibits one repaired split in the spruce laminate between the pickups on the bass side, a couple similar repairs beneath the pickguard, and one small shallow chip in the wood beneath the forward pickguard mounting hole. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a couple small dings on top, and a few light finish scratches and marks largely central to the back and at the bass-side waist. The neck binding has some stabilized binding wear near the nut and on the treble side of the neck in the higher registers (no loose or deteriorating binding), and the smooth gloss nitro is retained on the profile, free of palm wear with just a few small, shallow marks.
The original hardshell case is included and extremely clean, featuring a brown textured exterior, functional latches, original handle, and metal Guild badge, The original Guild polish cloth is also present.