1992 Guild Songbird Acoustic/Electric
Good condition featuring single cutaway routed mahogany body with dark stain finish, solid Sitka spruce X braced top, multiple bindings on the top edge of the body, decorative soundhole rosette, single ply tortoiseshell grain 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 and two metal strap buttons.
This 1992 Westerly, Rhode Island, built Guild Songbird is in good cosmetic condition showing multiple dings, scratches and signs of play wear throughout (see photos). This guitar has been played extensively and it definitely shows! The neck profile is a very comfortable “C” shape with a 1 11/16" nut width and it feels great in hand. The frets show quite a bit of use and play wear, but the guitar plays great with low action up and down the fingerboard. The second fret on the high E string has a slight buzz which could be resolved with a fret dress. The saddle is medium height and the top is very flat. The strap button has been moved to the back of the body (see photos). 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.