This is my first hollow body guitar - I've played a good number over the years, but never was able to get one. I don't have a Guild dealer anywhere near me, nor do I have a guitar shop with a decent stock of HBs to try out. The one shop about 40 minutes from me only stocks Eastmans, which seem OK but I don't like the necks - too shallow for my taste.
So, I've had this guitar for a few months now and I feel I can give an accurate review. I play in a duo where I was playing only acoustic guitar, but I've always wanted to add a HB to add a different texture to our performances. A few gigs in, and I'm loving the sound of the HB on about half our set - some blues, some indie folk, some alt-country.
Fit and finish: excellent, and almost flawless. No issues with the finish, the large frets are dressed perfectly, no sharp fret ends, etc. Everything looks and feels great. The ONLY issue I have with this guitar is that it has a couple of buzzy frets high up on the neck - not an entire fret, just the 3rd string at the 12th fret and the 4th string at the 14th - not unplayable, but buzzy. I haven't had the guitar professionally set up yet, but I assume this issue can be fixed pretty easily.
The neck is what I would call a moderate C - maybe similar to a modern Fender neck. I like a big neck, but even though this neck is smaller than I prefer, it's still very comfortable and I've grown to love it. I like the 9.5" radius and the larger frets. Great playability. The pickups sound fantastic - part of why I wanted this guitar was due to the single coils. It's very easy to get a great, clear, woody hollow body tone from this guitar. I don't go for a bassy, rolled-off jazz tone at all. The tone and volume between the three positions is now very balanced, after I adjusted the individual pole pieces on the pickups. The middle position sounds great, and the bridge pickup can easily give either a bright rockabilly tone, or takes to dirt pedals very well. I haven't tried it with any kind of high gain. We played some blues tunes at out last gig and for the heck of it I used my EH East River Drive on low gain into a reverb pedal, through a Tech 21 direct box into the PA and I was able to control my tone very well by varying how hard I was picking. It sounded fantastic and was a joy to play.
Other than the two buzzy locations on the neck (which I can deal with) this guitar is amazing. It's so much fun to play and the tone I get is everything I wanted.
I put .12 flatwounds on it. This is my first guitar with a floating bridge, and frankly I didn't have any issues getting the intonation right.