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1973 Guild S-100 Vintage Guitar Black w/ HB-1 Humbuckers & Case, Westerly USA


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Up for sale, a 1973 Guild S-100 in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A genuine vintage example produced in the USA at Guild's Westerly, RI factory, the S-100 model is arguably most associated with Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, who used one extensively throughout his career.

The S-100 takes many design cues from the Gibson SG (albeit with asymmetrical horns), and features the same tonewood construction, consisting of a mahogany body and neck paired with a rosewood fingerboard. The HB-1 humbuckers offer sweet, thick chug, channeling the inherent rich growI of the mahogany build. The neck position is extra bold and beefy, while the bridge has a more focused, throaty bite. The two-way Phase mini toggle delivers a bold thinned-out cut when both pickups are engaged, and it's a very useful additional texture beyond the in-phase sounds on the three-way pickup selector toggle. Featherweight at 6lbs 8oz, we've had this S-100 professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, strung with 10-46 roundwound strings and dialed in for low action and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, gaining a hair more heft and fullness in the upper registers, measuring .780” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is framed by ivoroid binding and features block inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire benefits from a level and crown, only exhibiting light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock retains the original set of Pat. Pending Grover Rotomatic tuning machines.

The electronics work as intended, with untouched solder joints and original Stackpole pots which date to the 5th week of 1972 (the serial on the headstock conclusively dates production to 1973). Hardware includes the roller bridge and stoptail, both of which have clean chrome plating along with the HB-1 pickup covers. Plastics include the rare transparent pickguard and a replacement quartet of clear speed knobs.

The gloss Black finish exhibits extensive finish checking, and cosmetic wear includes buckle rash across the back, forearm wear through to the mahogany along the bass-side lower bout edge, and a number of small chips and marks on the body as a whole, largely concentrated along the perimeter and on the back. The smooth gloss on the neck profile has a worn-in, easy-playing feel, with a few shallow dings along the profile length that have no impact on playability.

The original black tolex hardshell case with red plush interior, functional latches, original handle, and "Guild" silkscreen on the exterior is included.