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Beaautiful Guild Nightbird Custom 1990 Lava Burst OHSC Original except a few screws I believe

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Port Townsend, WA, United States
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So the back story on this beautiful guitar is reasonably complex and lengthy and i apologize in advance--

I bought it from a Japanese Blues player who bought it new in the states in 1990 and played it professionally until i bought it about 5 years ago--the serial number is BL100564--I believe there were less that 300 of these made in all but at any rate they are scarce

It unbelievably has no odor whatsoever--no smoke or bar or club smells--it smells fresh as does the case--

The lava burst is very rare and the same burst is featured on a number of websites talking about Guilds and Nightbirds in particular--I don't know how many they made in this finish but i've only seen this one and one other online--maybe even the same guitar although for reasons mentioned below i doubt it.

The guitar is in beautiful shape--it has one blemish/chip below the bridge pickup which is small and shown in the scans--it plays like a dream as all Nightbirds do--it's acoustically resonant and light and plays well in all genres including metal although as a blues guitar it has no equal in my opinion

I've owned about 12 of these over the years and i always hate to sell them--they are so difficult to find to begin with and such a joy to play--

Here's the complex part of the story--I bought a Guild X2000 which is essentially a no f-hole Nightingale --it had SD pups in it that i was told were original by it's first and only owner--my luthier confirmed the solder was untouched and in his opinion the pickups were original even though Guild--which barely exists anymore for electrics-- could not confirm this--but i was then told by a very respected voice in the field that the x2000 would have come either with EMGs or HB1s not SDs and acting on that I took the HB1s out of this Custom and put them in the X2000 only they didn't fit--they were a bit too big and in the pocket of the X2000 in pencil someone when it was made wrote "small"-- 

So I put the SDs back in the X2000 and returned the HB1s original to this Custom back to where they belonged--my intention at the time was to keep the X2000 with its original configuration which i'd still like to do but more and more I'm convinced the SDs were original to it--they fit perfectly.

Okay--so this Custom is now back to its original configuration with the HB1s re-installed--other than a few screws on the pickup surround i believe the guitar is all original--i was told this by the original owner but this is such an arcane field of study that i no longer feel comfortable saying anything declarative about Nightbirds which is why i've offered this lengthy narrative

Please if you have wisdom or information to share let me know--I love these guitars and they fascinate me as well so the more I know about them the better equipped I'll be when i go to buy more.

the guitar is as mentioned in perfect playing condition and is freshly luthiered pre-sale with a set up for my preferences and all electronics checked--the action and the pickup height optimized again for my preferences and the guitar is ready to go to work right out of the case.

thanks for looking

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Listed2 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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