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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / S-100

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Boys have six packs,

men have kegs.
Feb 25th, 2011 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

You know, the one Kim Thayil played in Soundgarden.

Whatever happened to these guitars?

I think there's *maybe* three of them on eBay.

Frank Hudson
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Tone is stuck on my fingers
Feb 25th, 2011 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think they suffer from the "not a Fender or Gibson" syndrome. I don't know how many were sold--enough apparently that you do see them offered used--but it's not an instrument many folks talk about, aspire to, or see being used by famous live players.

Whenever I'm tempted to get a Gibson/Epiphone SG I pull out my DeArmond S72 (roughly, a S100 copy) and find it works fine and sounds great. I've held a real S100, but never played one in ernest. I suspect they're good intruments like most Guild electrics.

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"Judge, I leave the

testifyin' to my guitar"
Mar 3rd, 2011 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

My brother had an S-100 a few years back. I thought it was a great guitar.


Los Angeles

Mar 3rd, 2011 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you're thinking of getting one. I would highly reccommend to try and get a vintage one, with the HB1s pickups.

Guild S-100, 1970-2000

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El Californio

Mar 6th, 2011 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an old '73 S-90 (simplified version of the S-100: dot inlays, no binding, one vol/one tone control) and Treem is correct: the original HB1 pups are the real outstanding feature -- phenomenal sound & output. A real rock machine.

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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Apr 27th, 2011 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I gave my 74 Guild S-100 to my Nephew a couple of yrs. back. I left it in Texas due to it's rarity and I didn't want it traveling in a box for 6 weeks. It's still used weekly in his band.

It is one of the few items that I have regret in not paying more attention to in that I should have kept a vintage instrument, obscure or not.

The original vintage machines were vastly superior to the reissues, even then, I wanted one in the 90's when they put them back out.

They did have some "unfortunate" stylings on some, with acorns and leaves scrolled into the butt of the guitar on some, and some clear pickguards that didn't quite measure up appearance wise. All of the originals had quality parts, pickups, tuners etc, and they displayed that signature SG trait, they would walk south on you in a second if you didn't have a felt lined strap..


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Feb 1st, 2013 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well Piney, you can get one now.. They just reissued almost the entire line of Guild electrics of the past. The S-100 is prominent in their line...

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