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    Nad! 200-s

    Default let me know about this beauty in his neck of the woods, and I finally decided to bite. A '63 (probably) 200-S amp in very nice condition. One of the cooliest of Guild amps, and none too common. I can't say anything about how it sounds since I had Steve buy it for me, and I won't get it until I make the road trip there (it's a tad too heavy to ship comfortably.)
    I'll let him comment on the sound. Here's the seller's pics.




    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
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    Senior Member walrus's Avatar
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    Wow! That looks to be in excellent condition! Great score!

    walrus
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    Wow!, thats in great shape. A stereo input, and tremolo too; very cool. Looking forward to a tone report.
    Shihan= Dennis

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    I love that Guild name plate. Block letters.
    It does look to be in fabulous shape.
    Congrats!
    Wood

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    Wow that looks to be in Great Shape! Congrats Acorn, can't wait to hear the review. I am currently waiting for the weather to turn a bit colder here as there is a Portable AC Unit in the place my 2x12 Thunderbird normally sits to keep my male Great Dane cool. He is getting up there in age and warm temps are are stressing him more than normal so we run the AC to keep him cool and comfortable. Not a big deal but I miss having my T-Bird right next to me to plug into. Maybe this winter I can move it back.

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    nice work, Chris, and Steve. enjoy the beast!

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    Nice.
    Owned two different versions of this amp over the years. The amp you picked up is the later version.
    If I recall correctly the Guild 200S amps use EL-34 power tubes which is a pretty rare power tube for Guild amps.

    Interesting amp configuration. Basically two amps package in a single combo cabinet. You can access the input separately to each "channel" if you have your double pickup guitar wired for stereo or you can use a common single input to feed both "amplifier channels".

    If using both channels from a common input you adjust a toggle switch to make that input split. Since the amp is very clean sounding when used in a standard "mono" setup you may want to use a preamp to jackup the guitar signal to drive the input a harder to get some tube distortion for a warm blues tone.
    Guild made great amps that were under appreciate and this is one of them. Maybe they were expensive or orientated to the Jazz guitarist so didn't get main stream attention. They are clean sounding amps. Guild would advertise their amps that way and provide instructions so a guitarist would not get amp distortion. We all know now that "high fidelity" isn't a feature typically desired for guitar amps so using a preamp to boost the guitar signal to get some distortion is a simple solution if desired. I have used a Guild WEM tube copicat as a input preamp in the past which provides a little boost.

    You definitely got a collector grade amp. It has been a while since I stopped over at the "guitar barn" but over the years a number of Guild amps have passed through the "barn".
    M

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    Here's some shots of the innards. I set up a page for them, so click away.
    https://wp.me/P8O9RW-19
    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
    Acorn House
    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

    '94 G&L Legacy
    '03 Elder Lute
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    Chris has the "modern one" and l have the earlier one without the power transformer. It's in the process of being rebuilt so it doesn't try to kill me every time l plug in. Any thoughts on THAT one would be appreciated.
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Default View Post
    Chris has the "modern one" and l have the earlier one without the power transformer. It's in the process of being rebuilt so it doesn't try to kill me every time l plug in. Any thoughts on THAT one would be appreciated.
    But, it'd be perfect to play THIS with!
    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
    Acorn House
    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

    '94 G&L Legacy
    '03 Elder Lute
    ---
    http://acornhouseworkshop.com/

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