I looked or played Gibson, Epiphone, Heritage, Ibanez archtops before buying the Guild. Overall, it was the best buy for the quality and playabilty. But please consider that I'm not a collector or a guitar maven by any stretch of the imagination. I just wanted a quality instrument that sounded good and seemed to be built well.
Model Year: 1988
Where Obtained: private seller
It was made in the Westerly, RI Guild factory of laminated maple.
It has 20 frets and comes with 2 Guild humbuckers.
Mine is a dark, honey hued blond with a rosewood fret board.
The action is low without causing any fret buzz.
I play it through a Fender Blues Jr. and get a beautiful full, rich jazz tone. I love it for comping behind vocals.
For a guitar with such a delicate sound it is extremely robust. Its intonation is average for my standards.