One of the questions I see on the guitar forums quite a bit is, “What kind of pickups does this Guild guitar have?” Since I’ve posted i many of these threads, I seem to get a lot of emails with the same question. I thought that I might write up a quick summary of the differences as I know them.
First, let me say that I am by no means the expert on Guild guitars. That honor goes to Hans Moust, author of the excellent book entitled The Guild Guitar Book. Most of what I’ve learned about Guild pickups, I attribute to Hans helping me via email and through forum posts. If you’d like to learn more about Guild guitars, I heartily recommend that you pick up a copy of his book.
I have been a psuedo-collector of Guild guitars since I bought my first real guitar – a Guild S300A-D in 1979. I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune to be able to own many Guild electrics since then, some of which are included on this page. Enough about me though, let’s take a lot at some Guid pickups, starting with the vintage HB1. read more »