1990 Guild Songbird Acoustic/Electric
Very good condition featuring single cutaway routed mahogany body with white finish (heavily yellowed with age), solid Sitka spruce X braced top, multiple bindings on the top edge of the body, decorative soundhole rosette, single ply black pickguard, rosewood bridge with bone saddle and six white plastic bridge pins, Fishman pickup system with one volume control and one concentric tone control with black plastic knobs mounted to the bass side of the body, set mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with small pearl dot inlays starting at the 3rd fret, Guild peghead shape with black peghead face and pearl inlaid Guild logo and decorative Chesterfield inlay, single ply black plastic truss rod cover, three per side Grover gold plated Rotomatic tuning machines, serial number and Made in USA impressed into the back of the peghead, single ply black plastic electronics control cover plate, two metal strap buttons and original Guild branded black hard shell case (one bad latch - see photos). The original warranty booklet is included.
This 1990 Westerly, Rhode Island, built Guild Songbird is in very good cosmetic condition showing some dings, scratches and signs of play wear throughout (see photos). There is some discoloration on the bass side of the top (arm wear) and some belt buckle wear on the back (see photos). The neck profile is a very comfortable “C” shape with a 1 11/16" nut width and it feels great in hand. The frets are in great shape and have a lifetime of use left in them. The guitar plays great with low action up and down the fingerboard. The saddle is medium height and the top is very flat. This guitar has a very unique acoustic sound that is very pleasant and is not overly loud unplugged. The thin body is super comfortable to sit with and it basically plays like an electric guitar. I find these Guild models to be a very useful songwriting companion because the 'electric guitar' playability and size make it easy to write electric riffs on and not have to be plugged in. Because it is an X braced Sitka top, though, you can also coax some really great sounding acoustic sounds as well. It’s kind of the best of both worlds! The size of this guitar also makes it perfect for travel and because of the Fishman electronics, it would be very suitable for stage use as well. The Songbird was designed for Guild guitars by George Gruhn (my old boss!). This guitar is interesting, quirky and useful! A gem of a guitar shipped out safely and promptly from our little shop here in Clarksville, Tennessee.