Up for sale, a 1992 Guild Manhattan X-170 archtop electric guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. First introduced in 1985 as a thinline iteration of Guild's X-175 archtop, the Manhattan X-170 was produced in particularly small quantities, with Blonde-finished examples narrowing that field significantly, as the model ceased production in 2003. Crafted in Guild's Westerly, RI factory, this USA-made premium hollowbody features curly maple figuring extending across the body, delivering a clear, articulate voice that benefits from the warmth of the body construction and also the 11-50 flatwound strings currently on the instrument.
The guitar is loaded with the original pair of HB-1 humbuckers, and these are some of the very last of the original Guild HB-1s, among Guild's most celebrated pickups in use since the 1970s (by the mid-90s these would be supplanted by the less revered Seymour Duncan-made examples). The HB-1s are lively, articulate, and warm, with just enough bite in the bridge position and ideal breadth and warmth at the neck, while retaining the detail needed for complex chord work. This Guild weighs 7lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and accurate intonation.
The two-piece maple neck has straight flame figuring extending along the profile which has a quintessential medium C-shaped carved with nicely rounded shoulders and just a hair more depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard retains the original slender fretwire which shows just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending beneath the plain strings until fret 5. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock retains the original Grover Imperial tuning machines with clean gold plating and superior tuning stability. The headstock face retains the original X-170 truss rod cover and Guild Chesterfield inlay.
All of the electronics function as intended, and both pickups feature the telltale terminal strips and Guild USA markings on the pickup baseplates denoting genuine HB-1 humbuckers. Hardware includes a floating rosewood bridge and aftermarket (yet decidedly vintage) Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece which works well for subtle atmospheric warbles and shimmies. There is patina across the gold plating on the hardware, particularly on the Bigsby, and a bit of requisite pick scuffing across the Art Deco-style stair stepped pickguard. The Blonde nitro lacquer finish highlights the curly flame figuring extending across the entire body, and cosmetic wear is limited to just a couple small spots with localized finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss central to the back, shy of “buckle rash,” and only a couple additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is flawless and free of palm wear.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included.