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1976 Guild S-100 Vintage Electric Guitar White, 100% Original w/ Case, Polara


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Up for sale, a 1976 Guild S-100 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and finished in a rare custom color gloss White. Produced at the famed Westerly, RI factory, the S-100 premiered in 1970 after the discontinuation of the Polara, which also used the S-100 model number. The S-100 was shaped very similar to the Gibson SG, but with asymmetrical horns and 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. Lightweight at only 7lbs 4oz, 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 medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with a hair more heft further up the fretboard, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .920 at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo fretwire with good meat and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4“ scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650“ in width. On the headstock, the Guild logo and crown inlay are present, as well as the original truss rod cover with silver shield silkscreen, and a set of original Schaller-made and Guild-embossed tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well with clean chrome plating.

The electronics work as intended, with untouched solder joints and original Stackpole pots which date to the 47th week of 1974 (the serial on the headstock conclusively dates production to 1976). Hardware includes the roller bridge and stoptail, both of which have clean plating, while the bridge pickup cover shows light patina on the edges. Plastics include the rare transparent pickguard and quartet of reflector cap knobs with G shield graphics on the caps.

The gloss White finish shows very light uniform yellowing of the clear coat on the instrument as a whole, and cosmetic wear is limited to a couple spots of isolated finish checking, and a few minor dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. There's a tiny bit of finish darkening from a guitar hanger behind the nut (only in the clear coat, and cannot be felt), and the gloss on the neck profile is smooth and clean save for one tiny finish chip central to the carve behind fret 7.

The original black tolex hardshell case with gold interior, functional latches, original handle, and Guild badge on the exterior is included.