SOLD 1978 Westerly Guild Artist Award Archtop Electric Guitar DeArmond
Here we have a lovely Guild Artist Award Model guitar, made right down the road from our shop in Westerly Rhode Island. This is as good as it gets for Guild arch tops, with just a handful of these made every year they were in production. There are estimated to be no more than 1600 artist awards in existence. Only hand selected veteran craftsman were commissioned to work on Artist Awards.
It features a carved spruce top, flame maple back and sides, five piece maple neck, ebony fingerboard and abalone and mother of pear appointments. This features a de-armond floating pickup mounted to the guard with a single volume control. The pickup sounds wonderful and does not interfere with the magnificent acoustic tone of this instrument. Seriously it is an experience hearing these guitars unplugged. There is a nice video D'Addario made where Mary Halvorson shows off her artist award, def. worth checking out (its apart of a series called guitar power).
Condition wise it has general wear throughout. The photos outline the smaller marks on the body as well as some wear through the finish on the neck. There is a large area on the back of the neck where the finish was worn through and sprayed over. Appears that the gent who played it had a ring that marked it up. There is a photo to show this. It was sprayed over so the wood is not bare but the spray over and original finish are not even and can be felt.
All of the binding is intact but there is one small area on the neck, about 1 inch in length where it is beginning to come loose. An easy fix and pretty common with older instruments.
The pickup is quite and operate as intended. The neck is straight and the truss rod works. It comes in the original hardshell case. The frets are in good shape although many older Guilds do come with pretty low frets.