Up for sale, a 1997 Guild Manhattan X-170 archtop in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. First introduced in 1985 as a thinline version (relatively speaking at 2 1/2" deep) of Guild's X-175 archtop, the Manhattan X-170 was produced in particularly small quantities, as the model ceased production in 2003. Crafted in Guild's Westerly, RI factory, this USA-made premium hollowbody has a Blonde gloss nitro lacquer finish, with curly maple figuring extending liberally across the body. Tonewoods include a fully hollow all maple body, maple neck, and bound rosewood fingerboard, delivering a warm, articulate natural acoustic voice that befits the body construction and sound post bracing.
The guitar is loaded with the original pair of Seymour Duncan-made HB-1 humbuckers. The HB-1s are lively, articulate, and warm, with just enough bite in the bridge position and ideal breadth and thickness at the neck, while retaining the detail needed for complex chord work. This Guild weighs 7lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation, and 11-49 flatwound strings.
The two-piece maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a very elegant, easy-playing feel, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which have flawless, well-rounded crowns. 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 11/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Grover Rotomatic 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 Guild-embossed baseplates and Seymour Duncan two-letter stickers. Hardware includes a floating rosewood bridge which has a compensated saddle with room for adjustment at both bridge thumbwheels to set the action to taste. The gold hardware is positively gleaming save for a touch of patina on the pickup covers. Plastics include the Art Deco stair-stepped pickguard, which exhibits light pick scuffing, and the quartet of black DeArmond-style knobs.
The Blonde nitro lacquer finish is exceedingly clean, with just a few extremely faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is flawless, highlighting broad flame figuring along the profile length.
The original black tolex hardshell case with gold Guild silkscreen on the exterior is included, along with the original hangtags.