Vintage 1964 Guild Artist Award Archtop Hollow-Body Electric Guitar Sunburst
This vintage 1964 (SN: 28268) Guild Artist Award Archtop is mojo-packed and a drop dead gorgeous instrument. Inspired by the original Johnny Smith Award model released in 1956, which Johnny never used, the newly named Artist Award was introduced as the top-of-the-line Guild archtop in 1961.
Built in Hoboken NJ, this 17" archtop guitar boasts a fully carved tight-grained spruce top with triple bound f-holes, and a stunning book-matched flamed maple back, with a nicely aged sunburst finish. It also features a figured flame maple neck, an ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl/abalone split-block inlays, the original floating gold DeArmond Model 1100 Rhythm Chief pickup, ornate "Artist Award" pearl headstock inlay, 7-ply body and headstock binding, compensated ebony bridge, engraved Guild Harp tailpiece, gold hardware and gold Grover Imperial tuners.
This guitar is in good condition for it's age. As seen in the pictures, it's been used but not abused. There're some normal scattered finish dings and scuffs over the top, and finish wear in several areas on the guitar, including the neck, neck joint, and f-holes. There's a small crack in the pickguard, as pictured, and a few dings on the headstock. There is also some finish checking near the edge and some light buckle worming on the back. The gold hardware is faded slightly but still in good shape considering it's age.. The neck is perfect and all angles are great. Only minor fretwear. The guitar plays and sounds great and includes original hardshell case.