SOLD - Vintage Guild S-100 Solid Body – USA 1973

by Guild

$2,295.00 21059


One of Guild's more well-known solid body guitars, the S-100 premiered in 1970 after the discontinuation of the Polara, which also used the S-100 model number. The S-100 is shaped very similar to the Gibson SG, but with asymmetrical horns and in many players’ opinions, a more sophisticated, more comfortable and stronger neck joint.

Its pickups are large humbuckers with a distinctive sound – not quite as dark as many Gibson humbuckers but rich and full sounding. A phase switch was added to the model in 1972. 

Years of Production: 1970 - 1978, 1994 - 2001

Body Style: Dual cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Two humbuckers, four control knobs, bound fingerboard, slanted stopbar tailpiece, Adjustomatic bridge, phase switch

Notable Players: Kim Thayil
 - Soundgarden

This vintage Guild was bought new by its one owner from Barry Farrell Music in 1974. It has been well played because it deserves to be played. So it shows its marks of distinction with pride. Some dings, dents and scratches but nothing unexpected in a guitar that is almost 50 years old. And nothing offensive.

This one is supremely resonant and lively, with a medium sized C shaped neck, and a classic look that will never go out of style. 

It has had a pro refret in 2010 and is showing little fret wear. This one is finished in its original cherry lacquer which has faded naturally to walnut over time. This is very common in cherry finished guitars of the era, including probably 90% of Gibson SGs from this time. It has not been refinished.

This S100 has been given a recent workover by Luke Parry of Northern Beaches Guitar Repairs which has really brought this guitar to life. Luke did a great overall setup with a neck tweak & fret dress so it now plays with a super clean, low action.

The 12” fingerboard radius allows for super comfortable playing with easy string bendability & absolutely no fret buzz all the way up the neck.

Finish Colour: Vintage Cherry, now Walnut

Body Wood: Solid Mahogany

Neck Wood: 1-Piece Mahogany

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Fingerboard Radius: 12"

Fingerboard Inlays: Aged Pearloid Blocks

Scale Length: 24.75"

Width at Nut: 1.65"

Nut Material: Bone

Frets: 22 medium jumbo

Headstock: Pearloid Guild logo with crown inlay

Pickups: Guild Humbuckers

Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-Way

Hardware : Nickel

Bridge: Guild Adjusto-Matic bridge

Weight: 6.98 lbs

Tuners: Grover open back

This guitar would appeal to fans of Gibson SGs from the era, with the same light weight and comfortable feel. And these pickups are really very good with a sparkle to the top end not usually present in the Gibson units. Plus the phase switch actually produces a very funky and useable sound.

Comes in a brand new Ibanez hard shell case.


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