Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic Review & Prices

Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic Review
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  • From Guild's 2023 Newark St. Collection series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 10" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: (/)
  • Neck pickup: DeArmond Aerosonic Single Coil Pickup Neck Nickel/Black (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Guild Newark St. Collection Bolt-On neck
  • 23 Jumbo frets
  • Guild Modern Style Closed-Gear Locking tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 73
Sound 69
Build quality 59
Value for money 72
Overall Score 67
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $850, which means that the Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic is around 18% cheaper than the competition. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Indonesia.

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Is it Easy to Play?

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

New Player Friendliness

Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Tall frets
  • Narrow nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Short scale

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic Scale Length Comparison
Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the same scale length used in Stratocaster guitars, and it's one of the main reasons they have such a bright sound. It's considered a long scale when compared to most non-baritone guitars.

Since the distance between bridge and nut is relatively long, you'll need to give the strings more tension to get them in tune. This higher tension will allow for a couple of things. First, you can get a lower action (get the strings closer to the fretboard) because the strings won't 'wiggle' too much when pluck and won't cause fret buzz. This can allow you to use lower tunings without increasing your string gauge, and it will make it easier to press down the strings fast.

However, the frets will also have a wider separation between each other, which can make it harder to play, especially if you got small hands. The higher tension will also make the strings feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength.

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Neck Profile

Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic Neck Profile
Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic's neck thickness is approximately 0.827'' (21mm) at the first fret, and 0.925'' (23.5mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Guild website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic has a 10" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic's fretboard radius compared to others

This is slightly flatter than the typical modern Stratocaster, but not by a lot. This radius will make it comfortable to play chords without muting strings accidentally. However, when compared to Strats, the extra .5 inches radius will make it slightly more comfortable to play solos without sacrificing too much chord playability.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.687'' Nut Width
10'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.65'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
Wizard Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
15.75'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic Nut Width
Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic Nut Width

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic has a nut width of 42.8mm (1.687''). This is considered a narrow width for a 6-string guitar. This means that this guitar will have a narrower string separation at the nut, which will affect your fretting hand.

If you are a player with big hands, you might find it difficult to play chords without muting strings. However, this is good for players who have smaller hands, as it will allow them to reach each string more easily at the nut.

Frets

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic has 23 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

Fret Size

Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic Fret Size Comparison
Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 65
Solo Playability 75
Playability 73

Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar or bass. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood

Poplar wood pattern used for guitar building
Poplar Body
Roasted Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Roasted Maple Neck
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood Fretboard

Poplar Body: It's similar to Alder in terms of tone as it has a fat low-end with strong mids, but it's a lot cheaper and softer. It's a bit heavier so it's mostly used for tops.

Roasted Maple Neck: Similar to simple Maple, but even stronger, darker, and more stable to temperature changes. This is thanks to the treatment process that consists in using high temperatures to drain the water, sugar, and resins from the wood.

Rosewood Fretboard: Since the ban of Brazillian Rosewood, this has become a rare and expensive wood. It's not usually used for guitar bodies because of this, and also because it's heavy. Instead, it's used mainly for fretboards. Sometimes it's also used for necks because it's an extremely hard wood (even harder than maple). Its tonality tends to favor warm tones.

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Pickups

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with pickups from one of the top brands. This doesn't mean you will get bad pickups, but you might want to consider a pickup upgrade after some time.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a rounder sound and a moderade level of output.

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic's configuration is HSS. If you play a lot with humbuckers in the bridge position, but would also love to have pristine cleans, this is a great configuration to have. The bridge humbucker will give you tons of output for playing distorted rhythm parts, while the single coils will give you a lot of tone options.

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23 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Bridge Bridge Pickup
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22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Bridge Bridge Pickup
Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Neck Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Bridge Bridge Pickup
Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Neck Neck Pickup
20 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Bridge Bridge Pickup
Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Neck Neck Pickup
23 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Bridge Bridge Pickup
Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Neck Neck Pickup

Versatility

It gives you a good amount of tone options with its 5-way switch. You can use it to choose at least 5 different pickup combinations.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

What music genre is it good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HSS configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Country or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this particular one.

Sound Score

Pickups 60
Sustain 80
Versatility 60
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 69

Build Quality Analysis

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive instruments are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic is made in Indonesia. Many people prefer the quality of an Indonesian guitar over a Chinese. Respectable brands like Epiphone, Ibanez and Schecter are building in this country because of the great quality and lower price. Some people like to compare them to the ones built in Japan during the 80s, when Japanese guitar makers made a name for themselves.

Bridge

Tune-O-Matic: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

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Tuners

The Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic comes with locking tuners, which helps with tuning stability and makes changing strings a lot faster and easier. As long as they're high quality, these are the best tuning machines you can have. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit heavier than normal tuners.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic has a Other nut. It's an uncommon material that lacks more information.

Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Bolt-On neck joint. Even though this type of neck was looked down upon for a long time, nowadays bolt-on necks are well built and provide just as much sustain as any other join method. First of all, it's cheap to make because it consists of simply 4 bolts that attach the neck to the body. And you can travel with the guitar more easily, swap out the neck if you damage it, or upgrade to a more comfortable neck later on.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 46
Features 60
Quality Control 70
Build Quality 59

All Specs

Guild Surfliner Deluxe Rose Quartz Metallic
General
Brand: Guild
Year: 2023
Configuration: HSS
Strings: 6
Made in: Indonesia
Series: Newark St. Collection
Colors: Black, Green, Pink
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Poplar
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Guild Modern Style Closed-Gear Locking
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
Neck Material: Roasted Maple
Decoration: Blocks - Pearloid
Scale Size: 25.5"
Shape: Guild Newark St. Collection
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.827'' (21mm) - 12th Fret: 0.925'' (23.5mm)
Frets: 23 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 10"
Nut: Other
Nut Width: 42.8mm (1.687'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way
Knobs: Bell
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Bridge (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: DeArmond Aerosonic Single Coil Pickup Neck Nickel/Black (Single Coil / Passive)

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