1957 Guild M75 Aristocrat

This is a vintage 1957 Guild M75 Aristocrat semi-hollowbody electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 4365, is in excellent 100% all original condition, and features a unique script Guild logo specific to only a small batch made in ’57 only. While the aesthetic design of the “œBluesbird,” as it would later become known, was clearly inspired by Gibson’s Les Paul, the construction approach was significantly different, and this set it apart from it’s famous rival. With subtle playing wear, yet tons of vibe, this is the perfect specimen for players looking for a rock solid investment.

This Guild M-75 features; a carved Spruce top, a hollow/chambered body construction, super efficient single-coil P-90 style pickups, a height adjustable rosewood bridge, the rare pearl script Guild logo on the headstock (only available in ’57) above the Chesterfield inlay, gold Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with oval Keystone buttons, a traditional “harp-shaped” Guild tailpiece, transparent “ice cube” gold-painted knobs with grub screws, 4-ply pickguard, and other refined appointments.

Famously appropriate for jazz, blues or rock, the “Bluesbird” has a unique tone all it™s own; vibrant, warm, rich, and pronounced. Of course, the body construction seemingly complements the fantastic P-90 style pickups perfectly. The guitar is incredibly light, weighing 4 pounds and 15 ounces… less than most acoustic guitars! The pickups are surprisingly loud, comparable to most humbucking pickups with respect to volume output.

This Guild M75 is in nice original condition, and while it displays typical evidence of playing wear, there are no significant condition or structural issues. The are no cracks, no breaks, and no repairs. The original nitrocellulose sunburst finish is nice with minimal arm wear and some storage wear on the back. There is some pick wear above the P-90 pickups, but do not go through the finish. The original hardware is worn and rubbed, although it is obvious it resembles gold-plating. The original “ice cube” knobs are intact and beautiful. All of the hardware is in excellent functional condition. The neck’s profile and texture feels incredible. It really does sound incredible, much better than the last example I sold, and it weighs under 5 pounds!

Both pickups are highly efficient and all (3) positions sound incredible. The neck is straight, the truss rod works, and the action is low. The original small frets are quite minimal, but somehow still render the guitar very enjoyable to play. Don’t let the fancy aesthetic fool you, this guitar is authentically organic and rich with vibe. When it came to performance, the Aristocrat’s body construction and pickups produced a thicker, stronger sound, with more personality – Guild’s catalog called it “a magnificence of tone never before achieved in a guitar of this size.” And for the most part, Guild really did create a very amazing sounding instrument with the better natural acoustics and resonance than any other solid rival. Large block fingerboard inlays (pearloid, though, rather than mother-of-pearl) and gold-plated hardware had nothing to do with the Aristocrat’s sound, of course, but the ornamentation nevertheless gave it a more sophisticated look. Guild dropped the Aristocrat in ’63, but it returned in ’67 under a new name – the BluesBird – still with the routed mahogany body with spruce top. Humbucking pickups replaced the soapbar single-coils, but otherwise, changes were cosmetic. As mentioned, the guitar is clearly patterned after the Les Paul, but it is a vastly different instrument. The semi-solid construction gives the Aristocrat the tonal warmth of a hollow body while allowing the volume that the new music demanded. It also is much lighter than a Les Paul (half the weight), an important feature for long gigs. It is equipped with Guild “Frequency Tested” soapbar single coil pickups, tone and volume controls for each pickup, and a “lightning flip” pickup selector switch.

The guitar has Honduras mahogany back and sides and a spruce top. It measures 13 1/2″ x 17 1/4″ x 2″ with a 23 1/4″ scale that 1950s Guild literature designates the “new popular short-action professional scale.” Gold hardware and block inlays on a rosewood board appoint the Aristocrat. These guitars have become quite popular in the last several years. They play like butter and are tone monsters. The guitar can go from a rather subtle jazz style tonality to a “cuts like a knife” rockabilly with–dare we say, just a flip of the aforementioned lightening flipper. Once again, the guitar weighs an incredibly light 4 lbs 15 oz., and includes a non-original hard case.