Overall...I love this guitar. If this were lost or stolen, I would buy another. Problem is, this model was discontinued once Fender aquired Dearmond. Word is Guild felt that this guitar was offering too compelling of an alternative for their higher priced version of the Starfire Special
Model Year: 2000
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Retailer
This guitar is assembled in Korea and believe was a joint venture between Guild and Dearmond. Assembly and quality verified by Guild prior to shipping to retailers. Pickups are American-made Dearmond dual humbuckers. Guitar has two volume and two tone controls with a Bigsby style tremelo.
After tweaking the truss rod a bit after shipping and setting intonation...action is a quite good for this type of guitar. Overall playablility is great.
I play this guitar on a 2 year old Peavy Delta-Blues tube amp. Guitar sounds the best on the clean channel and offers up some great mellow tunes, and can crunch up quite well as well. I play mostly blues, dead, and classic rock on this...and it works well for all.
Not a great guitar for metal or heavy rock due to the inaccessability of the upper frets due to the body size, and cut away style. But this is not the guitar you would play for that type of music anyway. I have an old Ibenez ST-55 I use for that.
If I had to pigeon hole the guitar - I would say it's a great blues/jazz guitar. And is quite able to handle Trower/Vaughn type blues-rock as well.
And - the Bigsby Tremolo is sweet.
I only had to tweak the truss rod and intonation - but this is primarily just because I wanted to get a good feel for the guitar..and not as much out of neccessity.
I don't currently gig, but play frequently w/friends...and it is great for that.