1962 Guild "DE-500 Duane Eddy"

The Guild Duane Eddy Deluxe signature model DE-500 (which I do no longer own) basically was a thinline version of their top-of-the-line electric X-500 Stuart. Still it also shares multiple design characteristics with the Gretsch Chet Atkins (eg. DeArmond pickups, Bigsby, location of the knobs and switch); which is totally explainable by the fact that Duane's first guitar was a 1957 Model 6120. The instrument is from the first year of regular production for this model, and just 8 serial numbers later than Duane's own example.

The pickguard and trussrod cover on this guitar are original, yet a previous owner chose to remove Duane's signature now rendering them wholly black. In spite of the instruments namesake reputation as a twang machine, I have set it up with some fat gauge flatwounds. In that way it is capable of delivereing some very thick and full sounding single note lines as well, which are more my personal thing than the Rebel Rouser. Call me a blasphemist but for all intents and purpose it now is a great feeling and super easy playing jazzbox. And such a smart looker....

original hangtag with serial number

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