70s s100 vs 90s reissue for C standard?

fuzzfarmer

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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.
 

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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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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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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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Not if he's using heavier gauges, like 99% of the drop tuners use.
Ah, got it, thanks!
Considered that briefly but didn't think the tension would actually go higher if dropping a full step, even though I recently figured out it does on flattops, if the gauge difference is extreme enough.
 

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Does anyone know roughly the serial number range when the 90's S100 reissues changed from the 1 5/8" neck with the Mueller bridge to the wider neck width and the Gotoh bridge?
 

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Not sure about the serial, but I think only the few very early ones had the Mueller and the more narrow nut. Anything post ‘94 would be wider with the tune-o-matic
 
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