1 Proteus 2 weeks ago It's a looker, eh?Review here: https://www.premierguitar.c...John Bollinger's "Sandman" (in the video clip) probably doesn't make the best possible first impression for this guitar. I hope (and expect) the guitar sounds richer than he has it set up (and that it can be tuned.) To his credit, he recognizes that he hacked his way through the tune. (And I'm really not picking on him. I like John. He's just out of his comfort zone here.)The guitar is a spruce-over-maple 3" hollerbody with Dynasonics, so it ought to sound much like a Country Club. (The difference is that it's a 24.75" scale, rather than the Club's 25.5.) Somehow, here, it doesn't. Can't tell if that's John or the guitar.It's always so cute to see otherwise very experienced players discover hollowbodies: Solidbodies rule the electric guitar market. Geez. They DO? So it’s easy to forget what a presence hollowbody electrics once were, and how profoundly different they are as instruments. Hollowbodies feel, resonate, and sustain differently. They also invite different techniques and playing approaches—particularly when you add the mechanical miracle that is a Bigsby vibrato to the mix. It's like a miracle or something. Big revelations! Golly!Then Bollinger confirms over and over that his hollowbody touch is rusty at best: in both clean and highest-gain settings, it sounds like he's struggling, or the guitar isn't responding as he's used to. In medium gain, and with slide, he sounds more comfortable and natural. The Manhattan Special is special, in part, for its Dynasonic pickups, an evolution of a DeArmond design that was common on Guild’s ’60s thinline offerings like the Starfire. Oh gosh, who knew! It was also a common sight in Gretsch hollowbodies of the era, which makes the Manhattan a cool alternative for players that want a touch of ’60s Gretsch tone magic in a guitar with less iconic baggage. Now there's a perspective I've never thought of: Gretsch's iconic status is "baggage," and some don't want it? That's interesting - and maybe a clue to the success of the Streamliner line and some Electromatics, with their less-overtly-Gretsch appointments. (Though their prices and impressive value for the price are enough to explain that.)ANYway, since the Guild Newark St series was introduced by FMIC (under Mike Lewis's masterful stewardship) at NAMM 2013 I've thought of the Aristocrat, the Savoy, and a Manhattan as the trifecta. I have the other two but so far hadn't felt a compulsion to commit to the X-175.This version, in the satin blue, might get me there. Durn handsome.