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Thread: Winter NAMM 2020: X-350 Stratford in Scarlet Red

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    Winter NAMM 2020: X-350 Stratford in Scarlet Red

    I thought this guitar justifies its own thread now.






    Release: https://guildguitars.com/a-fresh-tak...350-stratford/

    Guild model page: https://guildguitars.com/g/x-350-stratford/


    A few specs:

    Body Type Hollowbody
    Body Shape Like Guild X-175
    Body Top Arched Spruce
    Top Bracing Pattern Parallel Tone Bars
    Body Sides Maple
    Body Back Arched Maple

    Neck Material Mahogany with a Maple Center Strip
    Scale Length 24 3/4" (629mm)
    Neck Shape Vintage Soft "U"
    Nut Width 1 11/16" (43mm)
    Nut Material Bone
    Truss Rod Dual Action
    Truss Rod Wrench 7mm Socket Wrench
    Fingerboard Material Ebony
    Fingerboard Radius 9 1/2" (240mm)
    Fret Type Narrow Jumbo

    Finish Gloss Polyurethane
    Bridge Guild Tune-O-Matic with Pinned Ebony Bridge
    Tuning Machines Grover Sta-Tote Open-Gear 18:1 - Nickel
    Strings D'Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound, Medium (.011 - .049)

    Upper Bout Width 12 1/2" (318mm)
    Lower Bout Width 17" (432mm)
    Body Depth 3" (76mm)
    Body Length 21" (533mm)
    Overall Length 42" (1067mm)

    $1,499 Street • $2,100 MSRP


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    Last edited by SFIV1967; 01-16-2020 at 03:32 PM.

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    Its the 'X-350 that never was', but looks appealing!

    Glad they went for the ebony fretboard (but would have liked the longer 25.5" scale). Switching scheme sounds sensible. Should make it a blast to get your T-Bone (or Rockabilly) on!

    I wonder if they will offer more colors later - Natural would be nice.
    Guild X-170
    Guild X-700
    Guild Nightbird GG
    a few other guitars :>)

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-170AB View Post
    Its the 'X-350 that never was', but looks appealing!
    That was explained by Fender's Mike Lewis (who was in charge at that time for the line) already back in 2013 that Guild did not intend to correct copy vintage instruments for the Newark St. collection but to offer a modern version of them. So this is CMG's 2020 version of a X-350 (or X-375). Nothing short of what other manufacturers do in re-releasing new versions of old designs.

    By the way, even Guitar Center offers it now! https://www.guitarcenter.com/Guild/X...tric-Guitar.gc

    Ralf
    Last edited by SFIV1967; 01-16-2020 at 10:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-170AB View Post
    Its the 'X-350 that never was', but looks appealing!

    Glad they went for the ebony fretboard (but would have liked the longer 25.5" scale). Switching scheme sounds sensible. Should make it a blast to get your T-Bone (or Rockabilly) on!

    I wonder if they will offer more colors later - Natural would be nice.
    Me too, 25.5 scale, Ebony board. maybe a touch less thick.

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    Wonder if it would look better with back pu covers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-170AB View Post

    . Switching scheme sounds sensible. Should make it a blast to get your T-Bone (or Rockabilly) on!

    I wonder if they will offer more colors later - Natural would be nice.
    Re: T-Bone : On a Gibson ES-5 like he played, the lead pickup was wired out of phase, and that's a big part of the sound of those guitars - with the three pickups on full, you get an interesting mix of in- and out of phase pickups.

    Agreed about the colors, this guitar and the new X175 in "metallic smurf" - natural or sunburst would be nice. I'm not a fan of the Brian-Setzer-alike metallic car colors on guitars like these.

    -1960 CE100D
    -1961 Starfire III Special
    -1962 X175
    -1963X175
    -2011 F47R
    -2015 Newark Street X175 BLK

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    I am very interested in this or the Manhattan special. I am not sure about the Ps versus the DeArmonds.

    Does anyone have an opinion on the build and finish quality? Are the pots and the parts decent or are they cheap pot metal and low grade? I have owned 5 Guilds over the years including an X-500 and an X175 so I have a reference. I would hope to get an opportunity to play one before buying but may need to depend on reviews and order one.

    I like the Blue X-175 as well (maybe better).

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    I have a 1999 FMIC X-170 and a 2017 NS X-175B. I'd say the build quality on the X-170 is superior. It's heavier wood, better tuners, better pots. The X-175 plays and sounds great, but the volume pots go from zero to full around 7.

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    The pots & other parts on my two NS guitars are fine: not high end but hardly junk.

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    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    1999 X-170T
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 T-bird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    I played both of the new models at NAMM…..cant decide which one I like better. I am leaning toward the Red 350.

    They were bother very well made and played well. I didn't like the matt blue finish as much as the shinny red one. They are nice guitars. A birdy told me that they may.. (might or might not), eventually come in a cornucopia of colors - of which some looked amazing - allegedly.

    I also like the D'Angelo's that were in a similar price point.

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