Guild S-200 T-Bird - Antique Burst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and Hagstrom Tremolo - Antique Burst
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A Reissue of a Guild Classic

This S-200 T-Bird is a reissue of the vintage prize seen in the hands of players such as Buddy Guy and Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach. The guitar's all-mahogany body boasts a '60s-style offset shape that will draw immediate attention at your gig. And a duet of LB-1 humbucking pickups offer powerful switching options for humbucking or single-coil-type tones. And while the S-200 T-Bird's Hagstrom vintage Tremar tremolo system is authentic to the originals, it sports features that give the S-200 T-Bird a modern feel and reliability.

Guild S-200 T-Bird Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Legendary design
  • LB-1 humbuckers with versatile switching
  • Vintage-correct Hagstrom Tremar tremolo
Legendary design

The Guild S-200 T-Bird solidbody electric guitar offers an offset body design that is immediately recognizable to any one who's seen one of the original vintage treasures. The body and neck are crafted from mahogany for a warm yet clear tonality that works well with the LB-1 pickups. And the guitar's neck is carved to a comfortable "C" profile that fills your hand without being too bulky. The S-200 T-Bird electric guitar is a wonderful option if you're looking for an old-school look that will help you stand out onstage.

LB-1 humbuckers with versatile switching

The pair of LB-1 humbucking pickups onboard the S-200 T-Bird are replicas of the original pickups found on vintage versions of this guitar. These are popular pickups around Sweetwater for the way they boast a clear tone with plenty of punch for hard rock styles. And the S-200 T-Bird offers powerful switching options. You can run the pickups in full humbucking mode or engage a capacitor on the tone pots to get a clearer single-coil-type tone without the hum. This S-200 T-Bird is one of the most versatile electric guitars that Guild has ever offered.

Vintage-correct Hagstrom Tremar tremolo

Guild's S-200 T-Bird is reviving more than just the guitar design. The guitar's tremolo is an authentic Hagstrom Tremar unit. These tremolos boast a distinctive look, much like the guitar's body, but are one of the more stable and popular vintage tremolo designs from that era. This model is even more convenient than vintage models because of adjustable spring tension. The dials the bar's action in to your technique. And a locking trem arm ensures the arm stays where you put it.

Guild S-200 T-Bird Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Reissue of a famous Guild from the '60s
  • Recognizable offset mahogany body
  • Comfortable C-shaped mahogany neck
  • LB-1 pickups offer humbucking and single-coil-type tones
  • Vintage-correct Hagstrom vintage Tremar tremolo
Now you can own a highly collectable Guild S-200 T-Bird.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape T-Bird
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Color Antique Burst
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage C profile
Radius 12"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid blocks
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Hagstrom Vintage Tremar
Tuners Open gear vintage style
Neck Pickup LB-1 Little Bucker Alnico 5 humbucker
Bridge Pickup LB-1 Little Bucker Alnico 5 humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 2 x pickup on/off slide switches, rhythm/lead mode slide switch, tone slide switch
Case Included Deluxe padded gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number 379-1501-837

Customer Reviews

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11 year old Gramdson's

This was for my 11 year old Grandson. He loooovvvves this so much.

Excellent guitar.

I love (almost) everything about this guitar, and the pictures don't give you a good idea of how beautiful it really is. While odd-looking, it is probably the most comfortable guitar I've ever played. The neck isn't too thin, but it isn't like holding a baseball bat either. I love the options the switches give you, and the sounds I get from it are awe-inspiring.There are only two things I'm not a fan of (which aren't deal breakers, by any means).First, I'm not big on open-back tuners, but they hold just fine as long as I'm not wailing away on the tremolo - which, I don't use too much anyhow.Second, when I do want to use it, the tremolo arm doesn't attach snug. There's a bit of wiggle room where it attaches, held by one thumbscrew that keeps it from slipping out. This annoys me, but I just intend to jam something in there to fill the loose space. I'm sure it's due to them sticking to the original design of the tremolo.All in all this thing is fantastic, from your jazzy cleans to old-school metal. May need a change of pickups for the real heavy stuff, but I don't plan on changing them. The padded gig bag is surprisingly nice, which is good, because I've been having trouble finding a hardshell to fit it in. And of course, the service from Sweetwater remains exceptional.Oh, and leave the plastic on the pickguard for a bit - it explains what all the controls do until you get used to them!

The next best thing

If you can't afford a vintage T-bird, this really is the next best thing. It arrived well packed and setup ready to play right out of the box. The switches look confusing, but after fiddling with them for just a short bit, they're soon sorted. Guild puts an overlay on the pickguard labeling all of them, but you won't need it for long.The repro Guild mini-hums sound very close to the originals on my '65 Starfire. The shape may look odd, but all of the contours works very well, making this a very comfortable guitar to play and hold, whether standing or sitting. It looks like it might be too long, but it doesn't feel like it at all (unlike another makers Firebird.)I can't find anything to complain about in its finish; the only niggling annoyance is the pickguard, whose edges are a little sharp. Hopefully that will ease over time.If only it came with a hard case.
Music background: Performer, teacher

This is not a novelty guitar

Dont let the funky offset throw you, there is no compromising your playing with this guitar. I really really really love the neck on this guitar. I'm not a fan of the Hagstrom vibrato system and will explore a modification (a bigsby). The guitar is a little too top heavy and that took some adjustment on my end. My biggest concern, if the guitar every fell off the stand, the neck would break off like so many SG's before it ( really wished a case was avaible over the cheap gig bag)

What! No kickstand!?

Looks great, sounds great, and all at a fair price.But I gotta say, keeping the kickstand would have really been cool.

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Guild S-200 T-Bird

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