GUILD S-200 THUNDERBIRD (1963-1968)

  • Guild S-200 Thunderbird (1966) electric guitar
    Guild S-200 Thunderbird (1966)
  • Guild S-200 Thunderbird (1963) electric guitar
    Guild S-200 Thunderbird (1963)


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1963 to 1968

GUILD produced the S-200 THUNDERBIRD between 1963 and 1968. The S-200 T-Bird is one of Guild's iconic solid body designs. The S-200 was introduced alongside with the S-100 Polara in 1963 and it has a similar design (at least the one pictured in the Guild 1963 catalog)  but the S-200 had a bound neck and block inlays. The S-200 Thunderbird originally had two humbuckers, some had two single coils. Controls two volume and two tone knobs - the early ones had a three-way pickup selector - later models had 4 slider switches. By 1966 this guitar came with a kick stand built into its back - but it wasn't very effective and was unstable (look out for headstock damage due to falling over!). Guild reissued the S-200 Thunderbird in 2016.

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Pickup selector controls3 pickup selector switches
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls


Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups, 2 single coil pickups


Finish colorsamber finish, black finish, green finish, red finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Bindingneck binding
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuresasymmetrical body, double cutaway
Pickguard materialblack pickguard


BridgeGuild Adjusto-Matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecetremelo tailpiece


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers


Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)bound headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

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