Guild S-200 T-Bird - Black

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and Hagstrom Tremolo - Black
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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 Black
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 379-1501-806

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Mean snarl width a heavy groove

The S200 has easy action with a nice wide neck. It has a great tonal range that sounds great for garage, surf, and blues. Fun stuff.
5/5

Tone!

I had this set up with flatwound chromes 12's and love the sound through my Roland JC Amps. One circuit is almost acoustic sounding and the other covers a wide range--including the best vintage surf tone I have ever experienced. Super comfortable to play and easy to navigate the switching after 5 minutes of use. The tremolo gets in the way in it's stock position, so I modded the bar so it will lock in a more useful position. Everyone notices the great tone--the most important thing...
Music background: Professional musician/teacher
5/5

The best offset on the market!

Everyone who plays this guitar absolutely adores it. This guitar covers so much ground it's unbelievable. The pick ups are better than any guitar I've owned and I've had them all. Do your self a favor, if your considering an offset by the big F company try the s-200 you won't be disappointed. I just wish guild would make a hard-shell for it but the gig bag is pretty luxurious.
Music background: Playing since 1993
5/5

A Sexy Beast, At Once Funky and Classic

Guild has proved they are ever serious about maintaining their storied legacy with this impeccable resurrection of the S-200 Thunderbird. The moment I began playing mine it was pure love. Sweetwater’s 55-point evaluation policy lent confidence to what for me was an experimental purchase, and my sales rep, Rob Kramer, was the consummate professional in his handling of the transaction. The instrument arrived at my studio ready to jam on with abandon, and Kayla packed it like it was going to get sent through the Battle of Okinawa (that’s an ultimate compliment, Kayla).I’ve owned and/or played many MIA Les Pauls, Strats, and Teles, and this MIK Guild S-200 is as finely crafted as any of them, which tells me Guild set out to stake its brand on this product. Appearance wise, it’s elixir to the eyes, dripping with elegance and sex appeal; photos don’t do it justice. Its body, slimmer than a Strat’s, rings punchy and warm with crystalline overtones, and its contours conspire to render it cozy in the embrace. The finish, detailing, nickel plating, the neck’s binding and fingerboard inlays, all exude expert craftsmanship. When I’m not playing it, it’s placed prominently in my studio for visitors to behold.Now on to the electronics, which takes the S-200 to a next level. Guild LB-1 pickups are simply my favorite I’ve ever had on a guitar, and I’ve been playing electrics for almost 35 years now, about evenly between stage and studio. The LB-1s have more tonal nuance than dual-coil pickups on other guitars I’ve played. The best way I can think of to describe it, is they sound tempered in the midrange to a degree that offers more definition and balance. They also seem sensitive to the instrument’s mahogany resonances in flattering ways. I don’t need to reach much for the Baxendall EQ on my Manley channel strip when I’m recording this guitar, and if I do reach, it’s only to subtly enhance what’s already there.Which brings us to the S-200’s switching options, where there’s a certain genius at work in the circuit’s architecture. It centers on a two-position switch which Guild calls the guitar’s “Mode” switch, and each mode has its own set of volume and tone knobs. In its up position, the mode switch puts the S-200 in a neck pickup-only setting, bypassing the rest of the circuit, and in that mode, this guitar sounds singularly sublime, like nothing else I’ve played before, rich with silky brown butter on the bottom, and crispy cool Riesling on top.In the Mode switch’s down position, a panel of three switches is activated, and with it, a wide spectrum of numerous tonal options. When I cycled through a bunch of songs by a variety of famous bands, I could approximate the guitar tone of each song by manipulating this panel. Being a producer/composer who does a lot of home recording, this tonal versatility is a key feature for me: the ability to dial in various sounds from the guitar, rather than reaching for the recording gear, or worse, mangling the sound with plugins. But I imagine a cover band guitarist would love this too, the ability to mimic the sounds of a wide variety of recognizable tunes.Of course, the S-200 brings its own tone and texture to the mix, in the best way. Take it to a quiet room, not plugged into anything, just strum an open Emaj, and you’ll hear the depth. Place your ear against its body and hit the low E string, and you’ll get all kinds of character. It’s an instrument that gives back to you more than merely what you play on it, and it’s inspiring stuff. Bravo to Guild, but also to Sweetwater. That I feel fortunate to have acquired this uniquely exceptional instrument tells you how highly I regard its purchase. Five stars, no doubts, no reservations.
Music background: Award-winning, critically-acclaimed composer/producer & author
3.5/5

arrived with a light scratch

The guitar plays and sound great, but arrived with a light scratch on the front. With all of the yadda yadda inspections going on, you know that they noticed it and sent it along anyway, hoping I wouldn't notice. That's karma for buying a foreign made guitar I suppose.

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