NAMM 2022: Guild Surfliner quirky retro style at a low price


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The new Guild Surfliner is a quirky retro design. With a distinctly Southern California vibe and seven pickup combinations, will this wallet-friendly model take off?


This guild surfer available in three colors Sunset Orange, Catalina Blueand white sage, each inspired by the company’s Southern California surroundings. The guitar features an offset double cutaway body shape and is crafted from poplar and is paired with a satin finished 25.5 inch bolt-on ladder length maple neck.

Elsewhere you get a chain through the body design paired with a Tune-o-Matic style bridge, as well as a set of medium jumbo frets and a flattish 10″ radius. All of this should, in theory, add up to a solid instrument with good playability. I think the most interesting aspect might be the pickups.

guild surfer

Oddball shift? Or retro style?

7 pickup combinations

Each guitar has a single Little Chainsaw Guild LB-1 in bridge position, paired with two new DeArmond Aerosonic single coils in the middle and neck positions. Where it gets interesting is that each pickup has its own on/off rocker switch located on the upper half of the three-ply pickguard.

This gives players a total of 7 pickup combinations play with. Which, for a guitar with an MSRP of $449.99is quite decent.

Individual pickup switches give players tons of tones

retro styling

I’m not a huge fan of the general design myself, although I can see it’s popular with gamers who want something retro in style. It has that almost pawnshop look and hints of decades past. If you like retro oddball then this is the one for you. There are some neat touches to the design, including the stencil cutout guild logo on the neck plate and the ’80s Guild logo on this massive oversized headstock. Not the prettiest design I’ve seen in years. However, I still think the Guild Surfliner is a huge hit, as it offers a lot for your money.

MSRP – 395 GBP / 449 USD *

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