The body is dated March 1956, has a very deep contour which makes it light and comfortable.
The neck, dated May '56, still has the "clubby" pre-V shape typical of '55; it has some wear and original nut and frets. but, compared to the '55 "no-lines" they have again the single-line stamped Kluson Deluxe words. The black-bottom pickups fixed to the single-ply pickguard have the original bakelite covers, two of which are broken from playing wear.The Spaghetti logo on the headstock is in great shape, and next to the original round string-retainer there is another hole, professionally plugged and touched-up, from some mysterious "thing" once screwed to the headstock; whatever it was, it's out of the strings line, in a position which makes meaningless another string-retainer, so I have no explaination for it. Also the tone and volume knobs and the trem-arm and switch tips are made of bakelite.Perfect Spaghetti logo, small headstock with a very beautiful figured wood, Kluson Deluxe "double line" tuners, "L" serial number.Neck date is September 1964, pots date is 28th week of '64.Light alder body, three-bolt and 'tilt-neck adjustment' maple neck, large headstock with black logo.
Black is one of the most sought-after custom colors, since Jimi Hendrix often used black Strats with large headstocks.
This model was conceived as a reply to the ES 175, but its early Guild humbuckers give a strong and distinctive personality.
Great jazz and blues guitar, all original including the frets. Figured ash body, two-tone sunburst finish, maple neck and bakelite parts.
This guitar, besides its striking beauty and great sound, has some transitional peculiarities: its three pickups are all dated Oct 15th '64, but one is an old-style black-bottom with yellow stamped date, the middle one is an early grey-bottom with the same yellow stamp (and that's the first time I see a grey-bottom pickup with the yellow stamped date), and the third one is a grey-bottom with the same date, but penciled instead... Another almost-transitional feature is the pickguard, one of the earliest white guards introduced in late '64, instead of the green one more commonly associated with Spaghetti Logo and clay dots.
This white plastic guard is surely original and a bit warped but still in good shape, with the usual crack next to the neck pickup screws.
The original circuitry shows potentiometers date February '56, paper capacitor, intact solder-joints, three way CRL selector switch and Switchcraft jack-socket.