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Thread: 70s s100 vs 90s reissue for C standard?

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    70s s100 vs 90s reissue for C standard?

    70s s100 vs 90s reissue for C standard?

    I've had a late 90s S100, and currently own an S300, just wondering if the earlier Guild S100, necks would handle the downtuning alright.

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    I think both would be just fine. I have a '73 and a 2000 S-100, both handle low tunings like drop C very well.
    '73 Left handed S-100 Black
    '00 Left handed S-100 Black

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    What makes you think they might not? The necks tended to be narrower in the 70's, but I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't work fine tuned to C standard. What does Kim Thayil tune to? He definitely downtunes his S300's.
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    I like the wider necks on the ‘90s models but love the tone and pickups on the ‘70s models. As for the necks they’re both rock solid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DThomasC View Post
    What makes you think they might not? The necks tended to be narrower in the 70's, but I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't work fine tuned to C standard. What does Kim Thayil tune to? He definitely downtunes his S300's.
    Because Ive never owned a 70s s100. Just thought Id check, with people more experienced.

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    The '73 I owned years ago and the '76 I have now both were/are great guitars for down tuning.

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    I play in D-standard, often with my lowest 2 strings dropped another step. Further, I play flat wounds with a wound third. The guitar handles the added tension and strange setup just fine. The whole trick is in the truss rod and setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Los Angeles View Post
    I play in D-standard, often with my lowest 2 strings dropped another step. Further, I play flat wounds with a wound third. The guitar handles the added tension and strange setup just fine. The whole trick is in the truss rod and setup.
    ?? I do believe you meant "lower tension", right?
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    Not if he's using heavier gauges, like 99% of the drop tuners use.
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    On my '71 S-90, the neck is a lot more solid than the limp noodle on my SG (which will go out of tune if iI look at it, just from flexing.) The Guild neck has a rounder C profile that gives it more stability.
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