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Everlone 07/05/2011

Guild S300-D : Everlone's user review

« A vintage guitar with attitude. »
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This Guild guitar was built in the U.S.A. in 1977. It has a mahogany body and neck with a 24 fret ebony fretboard. Because this is an S-300D, it has been equipped with a Dimarzio Super Distortion in the bridge and a PAF Pro in the neck position. There is a volume and tone control for each pickup, a three way toggle selector switch, and a two way phase switch. It has a Guild style tune-a-matic bridge.

UTILIZATION

The body shape is truly unique, however it does allow for easy access to the upper frets. The body is relatively thin and the guitar is fairly light weight, but this is still a very resonant and well balanced instrument.

SOUNDS

I play all varieties of rock and this guitar is built for just that. I plug my Guild into a Peavey Classic 50 and several pedals consisting of a MXR Micro Amp, a Bodenhamer modded Boss SD-1, a Line 6 MM4, and an ISP Decimator. This guitar sounds great whether you’re playing clean or distorted. The PAF Pro in the neck is an excellent compliment to the Super Distortion in the bridge, adding a smooth creaminess to contrast the high output grind. The phase switch is an interesting concept, but is so subtle an effect it is virtually unnoticeable unless you are on a relatively loud clean channel.

OVERALL OPINION

My favorite thing about this guitar is how it looks. It is a VERY unique and original body design. When I purchased this guitar they were typically going for $700 on the used market. For a vintage guitar of this quality and craftsmanship, $700 is an excellent deal. If made today this guitar would probably retail for well over $1,000. My least favorite thing about this guitar is that they are so hard to find. I would love to own another one!