1 ThePolecats 3 months ago Yesterday I took delivery of a Guild X-175 Manhattan. It's the sunburst finished, no Bigsby. We are talking the Korean ones, not vintage.The decision to get this was not quite impulsive, but yet not planned. I was aware of these guitars since Guild released these but never tried one. Saw them at Sam Ash in Hollywood but they were way up on the wall so I didn't bother asking an associate to take one down to play. I've read so much about these and thought they looked great but wasn't in the market for one but I was browsing eBay after putting in the keyword search "hollow body guitar". I saw this one listed and if you are interested in knowing, it was $525 including shipping. It came with the factory hard shell case. After I saw it for that price, I decided to do research and read many threads here on this guitar and I read the Guild forums and Walter's great write up on these Korean made models. I checked the Jazz guitar forums too but not much on these there. These guitars got so much good reviews that I thought for the price I should give it a go so I pulled the trigger. Let me just say it's awesome. Okay I'll try to elaborate. Much to my surprise it came fitted with flatwound strings. Either a Jazzer or a Rockabilly guy owned it before me but I tend to think Rockabilly. Not Thomastik or Pyramid so I think they are Chromes since Chromes are common. I expected rounds on them and was going to keep the rounds and eventually put on some flats. Now I don't have to. Not sure if I'll put rounds on because flats feel great on this guitar and sound excellent. Thomastik or Pyramid next time.Walter is a big proponent of Guilds and Franz pickups. I only tried a vintage Guild once and that was at West LA Music in Santa Monica about 20 years ago and only for a few minutes, so I forgot how they sound. I don't have anything to compare these too since I lack experience in Franz pickups but let's just say they sound really good. I read they sound a bit Dyna and a bit P90. I'd say so too. Walter from what I read had his rewound and they sounded like vintage Franz but for me I think I will leave them as is since I like them and don't recall how vintage Franz sound like. The finish is excellent. I think Walter in a post said it's poly but not too thick. I see what he means. Spruce has grain that runs up and down for lack of better terms. You can recognize spruce by it's grain and in many guitars you can see the grain but you can't feel it. With this guitar it's finish is so thin you not only can see the grain but you can see the ridges thru the paint. I mean you can feel the ridges and see them push thru the paint. This is a good sign.I first played it acoustically after I tuned it up then plugged in. Acoustically it's very resonant and you can feel the whole guitar vibrate. I have a Chinese made hollow body with P90s and it's nice but the finish isn't as thin as this and definitely not resonant like this. I feel it's important for a guitar to sound good unplugged even if it's electric because the sound or tone will come thru plugged in. This is a good example here. A guy I used to correspond to about guitar is named Itchy over at the Fender Forum, real name Rob. He loves jump blues and T-Bone Walker. He got a Fatdawg Gene (ES-350 like guitar) about year 2000 but about 10 years ago he saved up and got a vintage ES-350 with P90s. He described the difference between the two. He liked the Fatdawg but the Gibson of course was much better. He said the Fatdawg was like an electric guitar that was hollow but the Gibson was like an acoustic guitar that was electrified. If you can understand that you can understand how this Guild is. Even tho Korean and not vintage but sounds like an acoustic that was electrified. Now that's a good thing. When you hear those videos on YouTube of people playing say ES-150s or ES-300s with P90s and you can hear the guitars acoustic roots playing thru the electronics. Well, this Guild has that going for it. Strum a chord and you can feel the whole guitar's vibration throughout the body. Makes me appreciate this guitar so much and makes me turn away from my other hollowbody with P90s. I've always wanted an electric archtop that has a good acoustic sound to it even thru the amp like those old Gibsons. This has it. I've read in the jazz forums that the post 50s ES-175s don't have that acoustic quality and is more like an electric that is hollow rather than an acoustic that has been electrified like the '50s ES-175s with P90s. I have no plan on putting on a Bigsby. I like Bigsby but I don't need it on this one. I have one on my 1965 Gretsch Country Club.I didn't post pictures because I think you all have seen this model online but if you want pics I will post pictures, just ask.