Here is a vintage 1985 Guild Flying Star “X 88” electric guitar. This particular example, serial number HF100337, is in very excellent all original condition and includes the original hard shell case. Played by Mick Mars in the video “Too Young to Fall in Love”, this incredibly rare guitar features: a contoured mahogany body with the original hot pink finish, a rare black maple neck, an ebonized rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl “Star” inlays, (1) California Pickup Co. humbucking pickup, a two-piece Schaller wrap-around bridge, an arrowhead headstock profile with a Guild veneer and mother of pearl inlay, Guild stamped Schaller tuning machines, (1) Tele style barrel knob, a graphite nut, all flat black hardware, and the original hard shell case.
This example is in excellent cosmetic condition, exhibiting only a few paint chips around the pointed edges. The neck is straight and plays extremely fast. The original California Pickup Co humbucker sounds absolutely amazing. The original hard shell case includes the original handle with the mountings screws and brackets.
Of all the extreme Jackson, Charvel, and BC Rich guitars that influenced ’80s metal music and the associated aesthetic, it would be hard to imagine a guitar that better represents all of the ’80s sensibilities rolled up into one incredible guitar; with it’s hot pink body, it’s flat black neck and parts, it’s multiple star inlays, and the single humbucker and control knob; this could easily be the archetype for all ’80s rock guitars in both design and approach. Even the Nagel-inspired graphics on both Jackson and Charvel guitars do little to mask the generally derivative design, whereas the Guild Flying Star is absolutely extreme and original in every way. With around 500 total X 88 guitars manufactured, this already rare guitar is the only model we have seen with a Hot Pink body and Flat Black neck.