First of all, kudos to Dan Robinson of Sweetwater for his valuable input and help. I remember when I was very young (a long time ago!), before I knew anything at all about guitars, I would see Chet Atkins playing his Gretches, a few others playing Gibsons, and several playing Guilds. For some reason, I got warm fuzzies about the Guilds more than any other. Maybe it was the name, I don't know. It would be years before I got into guitars and started leaning about them.
I'm so glad Guild is back making guitars under their own moniker. I just can't say enough about this guitar! It arrived to me flawless. It really must be seen to be appreciated. It is a joy just to look at! With the intonation right on and the action set to the way I like it, this baby is such a joy to play, making the sounds that only a semi-hollow or hollow body can make! The P/U's are fantastic, the dirty sings, and the clean is creme! The double-cut is gorgeous and I love the 9 1/2" radius neck so much more than the flatter radius' on so many guitars these days.
Trust me, the ES-335's have nothing on this guitar, and at a third of the price! I did contemplate on spending this much on a guitar, but now I'm so glad I bit the bullet and did it! It will now be added to my PRS and Strat guitars to make a full arsenal of sounds and playing enjoyment! If you're thinking about a semi-hollow body guitar, you really owe it to yourself to include this baby in your selection list... you will not be disappointed!