Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Guild Bluesbird Electric in Burlington VT for $500

It seems just about every Les Paul looking solid body guitar Guild ever sold was christened as a "Bluesbird."  My personal favorite version is the early 1970's partially hollow version with the more rounded cutaway horn.  This one is quite different than that model.   Very much a product of the mid-1980's with it's EMG pickups and divebomb locking vibrato tailpiece. 

The seller of this guitar basically does my job for me by telling you everything you need to know.  But he doesn't mention that this model was originally sold in 1985 as the Guild "Setzer" Bluesbird.  He is not lying about the limited run on these. Most people think of this as a "prototype" guitar because it had such a short production run.  Of course the aesthetics are a matter of taste.  Strangely enough, this model Bluesbird is probably more suitable as a Prog Rock electric guitar than the retro blues machine its namesake implies.


1986 Guild Bluesbird- Rare - $500 (Brattleboro)

Date: 2012-09-09, 5:15PM EDT [Errors when replying to ads?]

Here's something you don't see every day! A 1986 Guild Bluesbird made in USA, with EMG pickups, Kahler Locking Tremolo (bar not included), and a beautiful amber finish on what looks to be a gorgeous flame maple body. No case. As far as I can tell, only 216 of these were made, between 85-87. This one is #157. Great sustain. All electronics seem to be in working order. A previous owner seems to have installed a boost knob, which works just fine. Plenty of light scratches throughout, but just one major ding (a chip in the finish on the back near the lower bout strap button, see picture), and the finish has chipped a little along the side of the fretboard. I have it strung with 11's because that's what I like, but it could easily accomodate 10's, 9's, or even 8's! This guitar came to me recently and I sadly can't justify having two electrics, so its got to go. More pictures are available upon request. Vintage Guitar Guide says these are worth approximately between $750-825, so get yourself a good deal here!

$500, cash only!

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