I love this guitar. I mainly use it for single note groove stuff to get that James Brown feel, but it’s also great for chunky comping. A funny story involving this guitar happened on a Dave Sanborn session for the record “Songs From The Night Before”. I had borrowed an X-170 for the session from my friend, and great guitarist, Mike Barnett, who owns a music store in Freeport, LI and deals in high quality, vintage instruments. We did a nice track at Electric Ladyland and I figured I was done using the guitar, so I brought it back to Mike. A few days later, we were recording another tune and we were listening down to the track that was recorded earlier. I happened to notice that the guitar dropped out about half way through the take. I asked, “where is the guitar?” and the engineer replied, “what guitar?” At that moment we both realized that half the track had gotten erased. I figured, “no problem, I’ll just call Mike and get the guitar again”. “Hey, Mike. Can I borrow that Guild again?” “Sorry, Dean. I sold it! … but.. I have a black one that’s pretty nice”. I went to Mike’s and checked out the black one. Even though it made me feel like Johnny Cash when I saw myself in the mirror with it, the guitar sounded and felt great. I bought it, and used it on the track. All’s well that ends well.