Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Griz, Sep 2, 2008.
Remember these from the early 90's?
Lets hear the scoop. The good, the bad, the ugly.
Nothing bad or ugly about em!
Yeah, I always thought they looked like an interesting axe. You just don't hear people say much about them here on TGP.
They were a chambered design, weren't they? Sort of like a chambered LP?
There were several generations of Bluesbirds. The first were the M-75 Aristocrats introduced in 1954, which were actually fully hollow archtops with no f-holes. They were discontinued in 1963 only to be brought back in 1967 as the Bluesbird. In 1970 a solidbody version debuted, and although the hollow model was discontinued in 1972, the solid version still ran until 1978.
In the '80s and '90s Guild created a variety of single-cut guitars with names ending in "bird", none of which were really identical to the original. The '90s Bluesbird models did indeed have tone chambers. Some '80s models such as the Nightbird had a U-shaped rout around the edge of the body. These generally make the guitars much lighter than a Les Paul.
It should be noted that the '90s Bluesbirds do not have quite the same body shape as the original M-75 design. Personally I prefer the aesthetics of the earlier model, though they're both attractive instruments.
I had a cool Gold Top a few years back. I personally liked it better than any Gibson I had ever played. It was light, had a great tone, stayed in tune well and got looks as they are not real popular and are no longer available new. I think for the money you cannot beat them.
I have a Bluesbird as well as a Les Paul 57 RI. I find that I play the LP a little more because I like the fretboard a bit more. The BB has a slightly thinner neck that feels great and I have to admit that I like the overall proportions of the BB more than the LP. It's definitely on of the better looking single cuts out there in my opinion. And for the price that these can sell for it's hard to ignore.
Guild electrics have never been appreciated for what they are; good, solid workmanlike guitars, and the Bluesbird, in all its incarnations, was no exception. I personally like the earlier models. I'd love to have an original M-75 Aristocrat, but those Franz pickups can be inconsistent. It's a good guitar for rockabilly, country and roots rock n' roll. Brian Setzer plays one occasionally.
I would like a Guild M-75 from the early seventies.
Thanks nmiller for that summary of Bluesbird evolution. Cheers.
I loved those. You could buy a P90 and a humbucker for half the price of one gibson. They had nice fat necks and were comfortable. Those would be great gig guitars.
Slight correction. From what I've read: In 1967 they came back as the Aristocrat. They had a 1/8" body width enlargment, but otherwise were the same guitar. In 1968, they changed the name to Bluesbird.
I like mine. Lightweight, great neck, and I like the '59 pickups.
I like 'em. Here's an old scan of Jason Smith (now "Master Builder") back in the Guild days:
great guitars really. I love mine and have never even thought of selling it.
I had a beautiful sunburst one about 10 years ago. It had a great neck pickup tone with the Duncan '59, actually quite bright. It was chambered to the point of being more hollow than an ES-335.
About the only thing I didn't like was the small frets.
buddy guy played one for a while. sounded good on him.
Just got one...so far, I'm lovin' it!
Will there ever be Guild electrics (USA) again?
My Favorite guitars , love the Guild Bluesbirds