This Guild S-200 T-Bird is the reissue of a guitar that was released originally in 1963. The unique asymmetrical design has lots of character and features a set of Guild LB-1 pickups.
The original S-200 T-Birds were produced between 1963 and 1968, so really only a short time. Yet they have a bit of a cult following and have been used by some famous players over the years . The design is similar to an offset-style guitar, just without the actual offset waist. To me, this model was always one of the quirky Sixties designs – but one of the better ones.
The modern T-Bird reissue has tried to stay as close to the original guitars as possible. Guild have recreated the LB-1 pickups and wiring to mimic the original guitars‘ tone closely. They feature an extra capacitor in the tone circuit, which can be used to replicate a single coil tone when engaged (usually the LB-1 pickup is your more traditional humbucker tone). You have a Lead and Rhythm switch to flick between the two pickups and standard volume and tone controls as well.
The S-200 has a solid mahogany body and neck with vintage C-profile. The fingerboard is made from rosewood and features block inlays. With a vintage correct three a side asymmetrical headstock loaded with the original Grover Sta-Tite open geared tuners. Plus the guitar features a Hagstrom Vintage Tremor trem, which again is a reissue of the original guitars trem system from the Sixties.
The original 1963 guitars had a stand built into the back, so you could stand your guitar up and stop it from falling over. Not sure if the reissues feature this as well, though. I’ve included a Youtube video below of an original so you can see this unique feature. I could find no details on the Guild site about whether the modern recreations will also include this unique feature.
The guitar is available in either Antique Burst or Black and the price includes a Guild deluxe padded gig bag. I would have preferred a hard case myself, as it is an odd shape. So it might be hard to find a case that fits it snugly. However, a decent gig bag is of course better then nothing…
Manufacturer’s Website: Guild Guitars