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This 1969 Guild Duane Eddy 400— made during the initial run’s final year—is a semi-hollowbody with a bound, arched spruce top, maple back and sides, mahogany neck, and a 20-fret bound rosewood fretboard. To accommodate Eddy’s penchant for right-hand note bends, the 400 has a Bigsby vibrato—stamped with the Guild logo and “G” rather than the standard Bigsby branding. Additional points of interest are the bound headstock with the Chesterfield-style Guild logo, Eddy’s signature on the pickguard (rather than the more typical headstock or truss-rod cover), and the dual humbuckers that have been described as having a crisp, midrange bark.
A special thanks to Jeff Sadler of Rock N Roll Vintage Guitars (http://www.rocknrollvintage.com) in Chicago for the opportunity to feature this fine instrument and its story.
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