Guild T-100 Blonde Archtop 1959 Reviews
I had avoided the Web for almost three years. I just knew it was gonna be sponge for time. But about a year ago I logged on.and I was right. Have you ever seen how many guitars are on the web? Heck, on ebay alone there must be thousands.
So how do you pick the one that's right for you! Well, I've always had my heart on a Gibson Les Paul Custom. The first one I fell in love with was in a music store, in a small open-aired mall in El Paso, Texas, back in 1968. It was black and it was a beauty. But I never had the money for one back then, and I still don't have the money to buy that old '68 Les Paul today (jeezz do you know how much that guitar cost now?!).
Buy now I've spent about a month hunting guitars on the web, realizing that Gibson is too rich for my blood, I decide to check out the Gretch guitars, hoping for better prices.ha ha. Sitting amongst the auction items was this Gretch/Guild/Gibson guitar. I thought, this has to be something special to have been made by all of those great guitar makers combined. It turned out to be an ugly photo of a Guild guitar. The guitar had some red nail polish smeared right where your arm couldn't ever cover it, smack there on the face. The descriptions said '52 Guild T-100, appears all original except for the bridge, the trim is pealing back some on the cutaway, case is not original but functions. The fellow had a starting price of $850 for it.
I placed it in my items to watch file and started to research Guild guitars. The more I looked, the less I found. Man, you can find vintage information on Fenders, Gretch, Gibson and may others, up the gazoo, but not for Guild. I found some vintage guys, that had good information on collecting guitars, but they did not collect Guilds. All the while, this orangy Guild is on my mind.
In the mean time I had corresponded with the seller of this guitar to find out if there was a serial number on the guitar, and to ask why he advertised it as a Guild/Gretch/Gibson. His email said that he labled the guitar, in that manner, hoping it would draw more visitors to his auction, and he also sent me the number, and I was back on the Web trying to find out how old this guitar was. I finally got some help from the Guild Guy, a really nice fellow, who told me it was a '59.
Buy now it was 6 days into the auction, and I can't get this guitar out of my mind, with one more day left. I had noticed that no one was bidding on this guitar. I sent him an emai stating that I would offer him $600.00 for the guitar, if it did not sell at auction. The auction closed with no bidders. About three days passed, and I assumed that I had insulted the seller, and my hopes of getting this guitar was long gone. To my suprise, I get this email saying that he's willing but wants more than my offer. I am not a collector, nor am I a connoisseur of guitars, I needed help so I turned to my luthier and said here's the deal.what should I do. He assured me that any guitar, new or old, is gonna need some work, and that an older guitar is better 'cause once you get the neck straight, it'll stay there. Taking his advice, I go back to the barganing table and we settle on $725 plus shipping.
I have had the guitar only a couple of weeks, but it seems like we are old friends. I want to take it to my luthier, for repairs, but I can't bear the thought of letting her get out of my hands. I was skeptical about buying and old guitar, that I could not touch or play, from someone I new nothing about, but I took a gamble. I have never been so satisfied with a musical instrument (ssshhh.don't tell my wife).Fred Alvarez rated this unit on 2001-06-27.
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