The BT-258E Deluxe 8-string Baritone offers a melodic layering of low-end harmony for enchanting , harp like sound. Combining Guild's historically large jumbo body shape and their legacy of pressed back construction, the BT-258E Deluxe boasts a deep, full-frequency baritone voice complemented by two octave strings for added sparkle. the arched rosewood back projects whole low-frequencies, while the solid spruce top ensures the high-frequency octave strings blend in gorgeously for a symphonic tone. The low end is great for playing in an ensemble or for playing standalone. This 8-string baritone is tuned B-E-a-A-d-D-F#-B, five steps down from a standard guitar. Deluxe appointments include rosewood back and sides, bound neck and body, Fishman GT-1 pickup system, and a perfectly glossed polyurethane finish.
BT-258E DLX 8-String Baritone:
- Style: Baritone Jumbo Acoustic Steel with an Arched Back and Pickup
- Top Wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides Wood: Rosewood
- Electronics: Fishman Sonitone
- Gig Bag: Guild Deluxe Gig Bag
- Tuning: B-E-a-A-d-D-F#-B
Westerly Collection: Archbacks
|Body Shape||F - Jumbo|
|Body Top||Solid Sitka Spruce|
|Top Bracing Pattern||Scalloped X|
|Soundhole Diameter||3 7/8" (98mm)|
|Rosette||Mother-Of-Pearl / ABS|
|Top Purfling Inlay||Black / White / Black / White ABS|
|Body Back||Arched Rosewood|
|Body Binding||White ABS|
|Scale Length||27" (686mm)|
|Neck Shape||C Shape|
|Nut Width||1 3/4" (44.5mm)|
|Neck Thickness 1st Fret||20mm|
|Neck Thickness 9th Fret||24mm|
|Truss Rod||Dual Action|
|Truss Rod Wrench||4mm Allen Key|
|Fingerboard Material||Pau Ferro|
|Fingerboard Radius||16" (406mm)|
|Fingerboard Inlays||5mm Dots - Mother-Of-Pearl|
|Fingerboard Binding||1.5 mm White ABS|
|Bridge Material||Pau Ferro|
|Bridge String Spacing||2 1/4" (56mm)|
|Bridge Pins||Ivory Colored Plastic with Black Dot|
|Saddle Material||Compensated Bone|
|Hardware Finish / Plating||Nickel|
|Tuning Machines||Guild GBB1 Butterbean Tuning Machines 16:1 Nickel|
|Endpin||Strap Button - Nickel|
|Electronics||Guild/Fishman Sonitone GT-1 with Volume and Tone controls|
|Strings||D'Addario EXP23 - Coated Phosphor Bronze (.016-.070) & Octave Strings (.012 & .014)|
|Upper Bout Width||12 1/2" (318mm)|
|Lower Bout Width||17" (432mm)|
|Body Depth Upper Bout||4" (101mm)|
|Body Depth Lower Bout||4 3/4" (121mm)|
|Body Length||20 3/4" (527mm)|
|Overall Length||43 3/4" (1111mm)|
Due to ongoing product development efforts, specifications are subject to change without notice.
The Westerly Collection pays homage to an important period in Guild’s early history, when Guild outgrew the beloved Hoboken, New Jersey factory, and moved production to Westerly, Rhode Island in 1967. Finding a home in a former furniture manufacturing building, Guild took advantage of the additional space the new location had to offer, and improved upon the production layout left behind in Hoboken.
With a fresh start, highly skilled employees, and plenty of room to grow, Guild flourished. It was not long before the Westerlyfactory became renowned for exceptional craftsmanship, quality, and the introduction of many beloved Guild acoustics. The dedication to innovation was apparent, with meticulous attention to detail. Inspired by this golden era, the Guild Westerly Collection carries on the tradition of impeccable workmanship and unwavering excellence by incorporating high-quality materials and classic Guild designs into each instrument.
History of Guild Archbacks
Guild began its legacy in 1953 by producing archtop electric guitars for the Jazz market in New York city; these guitars were built with arched backs made from pressed laminate maple, a low-cost alternative to hand-carved maple backs typical in Jazz guitar construction. As the company grew and began offering flat-top acoustics in 1954, the first models such as the F-30, F-40 and F-50 shared this pressed laminate arched back construction, which became a Guild trademark. Other classic Guilds like the D-25 and F-412, icons of the brand’s history to this day, represent this unique combination of acoustic flat top and arched back guitar construction.
In addition to its classic look and ergonomic comfort, an arched back design prevents the need for the added support of back braces, reducing weight while increasing projection and volume, contributing to the revered Guild sound for which these historic models are so well loved. We’ve paid homage to this classic Guild design trademark with a full line of affordable Archback models, available now from the Westerly Collection in sizes ranging from Concert to Jumbo.