From NAMM 2013: Guild Unveils “Newark St. Collection”

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Guild S-100 Polara

“Newark St. models are handcrafted instruments with authentic Guild electric tone and superior feel.”Guild Guitars website

If you are looking for a contemporary axe with vintage vibe, then consider the Guild Guitars “Newark St. ™ Collection.” Guild, which is also known for making legendary acoustics, revealed its latest line of electrics at Winter NAMM 2013.

Revival of some famous models

The “Newark St. ™ Collection” marks the return of seven Guild oldies but goodies from the 50s and 60s. Note that there are actually eight models in the “Newark St. ™” series; however, one of them is a bass, so we left it out of this review. By the way, “Newark Street” in New Jersey was the location of Guild during its former heyday.
Though they are gathered under a specific banner, each “Newark St. ™” guitar possesses its own style and character.

What makes this round of Guild electrics so appealing?

According to Guild, “Premium features include authentic Guild body shapes, arch radii and neck profiles; authentically vintage-style pickups and hardware; improved playing action ideal for today’s alternative styles; and more.”

Another aspect of the “Newark St. ™ Collection” to consider is cost. Though the newest Guilds fall into the $1,650 or lower category, it’s still a bit steep for most pickers to pay. Nevertheless, based on today’s prices, Guild does not appear to be out of line.

Comparison

Here it is, the “Newark St. ™ Collection,” presented for your review. Take a look below and see what you think. Send us your thoughts about Guild™’s latest creations.

A-150 Savoy™

X-175B Manhattan™ w/Bigsby®

Starfire III ™w/ Bigsby®

Starfire ™ IV

M-75 Aristocrat™

X-175 Manhattan™

S-100 Polara™

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Body/Tone-

wood:

Hollow, solid spruce top with laminated flame maple back and sides

Body/Tone- wood:

Hollow, laminated spruce top with laminated maple back and sides

 

Body/Tone-wood:

Extra-thin hollow, laminated mahogany all the way around

Body/Tone-wood:

Semi-hollow, laminated mahogany all the way around

Body/Tone-wood:

Hollow, laminated spruce top with solid mahogany back and laminated mahogany sides

Body/Tone-wood:

Hollow, laminated spruce top with laminated maple back and sides

Body/Tone-wood:

Solid mahogany

Scale Length:

24.75″

Scale Length:

24.75″

Scale Length:

25.75″

Scale Length:

24.75″

Scale Length:

24.5″

(the shortest in the collection)

Scale Length:

24.75″

Scale Length:

24.75″

Neck:

3-piece Mahogany/

Maple/

Mahogany

Neck:

3-Piece Mahogany/

Maple/

Mahogany

Neck:

1-Piece Mahogany

Neck:

3-Piece Mahogany/

Maple/

Mahogany

Neck:

3-Piece Mahogany/

Maple/

Mahogany

Neck:

3-Piece Mahogany/

Maple/

Mahogany

Neck:

1-Piece Mahogany

Electronics:

DeArmond® 1000 “Rhythm Chief” Floating Archtop

pick-up

Electronics:

2 Guild® “Frequency Tested” Single-Coils, at neck and bridge

Electronics:

2 Guild® “Anti-Hum” Dual-Coils, at neck and bridge

Electronics:

2 Guild® “Anti-Hum” Dual-Coils, at neck and bridge

Electronics:

2 Guild® “Frequency Tested” Single-Coils, neck and bridge

Electronics:

2 Guild® “Frequency Tested” Single-Coils, at neck and bridge

Electronics:

2 Guild®

“Anti-Hum” Dual-Coils, neck and bridge

Vibe:

Classic Jazz

Vibe:

Blues, Rock

Vibe:

Vintage Rocker, Rockabilly

Vibe:

Rock, Blues

Vibe:

Jazz, Rock, Blues

 

Vibe:

Jazz, Blues, Big Band

Vibe:

Rocker, metal or just about anything else

$1,649.99

$1,599.99

$1,599.99

$1,549.99

$1,499.99

$1,449.99

$1,299.99

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Paul Wolfle

As a vintage and contemporary music enthusiast, guitars dominate Paul’s life. He plays slide in open tunings on a National Steel Tricone resonator and electric blues, in standard tuning, on an assortment of other instruments including his white Fender Stratocaster.

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