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NGD- Guild M75 Aristocrat

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Purchased this from Street Sounds a couple of weeks ago and just got around to adding the Bigsby and Tru-Arc over the weekend. After some minor tweaks I'm really pleased with all aspects of this guitar. I highly recommend trying one should you get the opportunity.

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congrats..beauty..i really like these new guilds..and it seems cordoba is doing a great job with what fmic brought back

great lookin..even the amber switch tip is cool touch...what strings you using??..some vintagey ie pure nickels or flats be perfectly right

cheers

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Thanks fellas! I've got a few boxes of Fender nickel plated steel 10's I'm trying to burn through so that's what's on there now.

I should also mention that I, like many other reviews I read, found these pickups to be a tad too hot. I dropped the pole screws as low as I could get them and seemed to clean it up just enough. It really has a great sound to it.

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Thanks fellas! I've got a few boxes of Fender nickel plated steel 10's I'm trying to burn through so that's what's on there now.

I should also mention that I, like many other reviews I read, found these pickups to be a tad too hot. I dropped the pole screws as low as I could get them and seemed to clean it up just enough. It really has a great sound to it.

– dmanlow

thats why pure nickel strings be perfect..tad less magnetic oomph than nps or ss…take some edge off

next time

looks killer…enjoy

cheers

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The M75 is a great instrument, I've got 3 of them. Congrats on yours!

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What is the Bigsby anchored to? Did you have an extra block of wood added inside the body? I've thought about a Bigsby on my M-75, but worry about damage to the body.

I'm going to try lowering the polepieces on the pickups on mine as well.

Cool little guitars; fun stuff.

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The Bigsby is anchored straight to the body with no additional wood added for support. It had lots of meat to bite in to so I wouldn't worry about that.

If you're going to add a Bigsby be sure to get a B7. I first tried a B3 thinking I could get away without having to mark up the top but the break angle was too shallow. I saw a gold M75 with B3 that led me to be deceived into thinking I could get away with it.

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Hey Derek - nicely done, congrats. I've always liked the Aristocrats being partial to Guilds as well.

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Oooo, That's nice. SCORE!

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That's a stunner! Congrats!

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Nice man! I've been eying a Starfire III, but I need another guitar like I need another hole in my head. Glad to hear you like yours.

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That's a beauty. I have a Guild NS X175B and love it. Those Franz pu's sound great, especially in a hollowbody. Is that Tru Arc a 9.5" radius Low Rider? Still have the original TOM style bridge on my 175....seems to work well enough with a bit of clear nail polish on the saddle retainer wire. The Newark St. Guilds are some major bang for the buck.

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Someplace on this site Bill Light did a shoot out with a new M75 and his 50's M75.

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Is that Tru Arc a 9.5" radius Low Rider? >

It's the standard Tru-Arc with 9.5" radius.

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I'm a huge Neil Giraldo fan; love his tone.

He plays Guild mostly

That green Guild is a stunner!

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It's sparkly (+1) and it owns that galloping rhythm at the end of the song + Tremolo (pretty sure it's a Bigsby?)

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I don't think that's a Guild Giraldo is playing in the video....it might be a GMP.

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Congrats, dmanlow. That's a beauty!

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I got one of the reissues as one of my white whales has been an original Aristocrat, but it do it for me for some reason. YMMV. I don't think they've sold very well surprisingly, a lot of them on eBay for good prices used.

But a looker in the black with gold. Great sound in the vid, enjoy.

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That looks so cool in black! congratulations! I briefly owned a new Korean X175, ended up selling it to a student because I had a little financial setback, and recently got another one - they came out with a black one, and I just couldn't resist.

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Very cool WB! I considered that one as well. How do you like it compared to vintage examples?

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Well, you know....unfair comparison, but considering the price, it's awful nice. Like you said, the pickups are a little hot (I have a pair of old ones in it now, much better).

It's impressive how they really must have blueprinted an actual old one, because size-shape-arch-neck-etc... wise, it really is almost exactly like a '59 I used to have, neck set is a little taller, otherwise almost exact copy.

It's brighter and a little harsher sounding than my oldies, and lacks the sweet midrange those have. But I think a guitar with 50 years on it will probably always have sweeter trebles and mids.


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