Guild Surfliner review

While Guild’s Newark St Collection features numerous repros of past models, the latest bolt-on Surfliner is an all-new creation. What’s going on?

Guild Surfliner
(Image: © Olly Curtis / Future)

Guitar World Verdict

This is a very affordable, lightweight and stable new solidbody design, and we have to say we’re swayed by the sounds.


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    Acceptable build quality.

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    Lightweight, stable and resonant with some retro-y voices, notably the LB-1 bridge ’bucker.


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    The on/off rocker switches aren’t as fast to use as a standard five-way selector, which could produce the same seven selections with a simple pull-switch.

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    Our sample needed a little basic setup attention.

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Presumably named after the Pacific Surfliner train service that runs down the California coast from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, this new electric is quite a departure for Guild.

First off, it undercuts the previous Newark St start-up model, the Jetstar, and is nearly half the price of the long-running S-100 Polara. It shares the Jetstar’s longer 648mm (25.5-inch) scale length but is the only bolt-on in the current range.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.