Guild T-100 Guitars
The Guild T-100 Guitar is a popular and collectible model of guitar produced by the Guild Guitar Company.
Brief history and description
The Guild Guitar Company was founded by guitarist Alfred Dronge, and was later purchased by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Already the owner of a music shop, Dronge formed The Guild Guitar Company with former Epiphone Guitar Company executive George Mann in New York in 1952.
Throughout the 1950s, Guild built its reputation upon its archtop guitars, and began to produce flattop guitars in 1954; by the 1960s, Guild built fewer and fewer of its archtop guitars and focused more on the flattop variations. In addition to guitars, the company also produced electric instruments.
The Guild T-100, an archtop guitar, is one of the best known of Guild’s product line. There were seven variations on the design, as well as a bass, production of which began in the late 1950s.
The first Guild T-100 was intended as an entry-level guitar of sorts, with one single-coil pickup, and a laminated body constructed from maple. The guitars were also completely hollow, which created numerous feedback problems.
The early 1960’s saw the introduction of a newly revamped variation of the Guild T-100, entitled the Guild Starfire T-100, intended as a competitor to Gibson’s ES guitars. The guitar is essentially an updated version of the original Guild T-100 with a glossy finish and slightly differing hardware included.
Many of the Guild T-100 guitars which are currently available on the market may have been altered so as to improve the lasting feedback problems which haunted the model. However, this has not affected their collectability, perhaps out of a nostalgic yearning for many collectors to own a piece of 1950s or 1960’s nostalgia.
Guide for collectors
Guild T-100 guitars have become a desirable useable antique, and have fetched high prices at auction. As with many items of this nature, the price available is largely dependent upon the guitars maintaining their practical usage, and equally, not suffering extensive external damage.
The guitars have appeared at conventional auctions, though rarely. A collector’s best option is to first seek specialist auctions, and to survey their options for purchasing a Guild T-100 online, where they may find additional bargains.
eBay sometimes lists them, though primarily with the proviso that they are collected by a prospective buyer, which is an additional cost which anyone considering taking this route should consider before finalizing a purchase.
In addition to their aesthetic and historical value, the guitars have a certain degree of rarity, which adds to their ultimate resale value. Websites such as CollectorsWeekly.com list additional information for anyone considering adding a Guild T-100 to their collection.
Notable auction sales
The highest price paid for a Guild T-100 guitar is $950, for a 1967 Guild T-100 blonde semi-hollow electric guitar, sold from Heritage Auctions on 4th February 2012.
In the middling price range, a 1966 Guild T-100 Sunburst archtop electric guitar sold for $750 from Heritage Auctions on 22nd October 2011.
The most inexpensive Guild T-100 guitar to sell at auction was sold for $425 from Heritage Auctions on 17th December 2011, for a 1967 Guild T-100 Sunburst semi-hollow body elect guitar.