S-400?

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Check your email. :)

He lives 10 minutes from me. I've seen two S400s. Here they are, including this one:



I have begged him to sell it to me and he's so far refused. At one point he was going to let me photograph it but then the world turned to pudding.

His S400 has a bound body, neck and hedstock, and a G-shield inlay.

The other one looks more like the B402 bass.
 

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LOL - Gruhn is wrong again. I've seen two and both are Ash. They're not laminated, either. One's got six knobs and the other is bound.

Actually I can't say for sure they're not laminated, but I can't see why they would be.

Now, if there's a bunch more out there that I haven't seen then I'm happy to be wrong (I'm wrong so often it's just easier to be happy about it), and if there are more out there then I WANT THEM.
 

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LOL - Gruhn is wrong again. I've seen two and both are Ash. They're not laminated, either. One's got six knobs and the other is bound.

Actually I can't say for sure they're not laminated, but I can't see why they would be.
Look at the top of the next column: S-400A. Can’t speak about the binding, but the unbound one in your pic looks decidedly custom/altered/modified that it could be something else. The ash ones in both pics have the same config.
 

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The unbound one has an obnoxious MIDI pickup on it. Dudes got an uber-rare guitar and sticks that monstrosity on it.

I missed the -A. Now that means there's a variation out there! I need them all.
 

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What are the odds the owner of an S400 lives 10 minutes away from you? That is crazy!

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Had no idea a bound version of the S300 existed. Guess they didn’t sell well?
 

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More shots of the S-400A variant. Quite a lot going on in the active EQ set up. If I had to fancy a guess this version probably had just a handful made or flat out never saw full scale production as I think not long after this the whole onboard preamp, add as many splits, taps and phase switches as humanly possible fad was on the way out in favor of more stripped down superstrats. That and this model undoubtedly would be quite expensive as well.
 

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More shots of the S-400A variant. Quite a lot going on in the active EQ set up.
If it would be a prototype with LL serial number, that would explain it.
But no, it has a EB serial number which is a S-300A serial number. The S/N is from 1979 if the list is correct.

The owner bough the guitar in a music shop in Munich/Germany in the early 80ies! And it would have been indeed a prototype shown at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt!

"I bought a guitar in the early 80's in a shop in Munich (Germany). According to my knowledge (and the invoice) it is a Guild S400 (I remember the guy in the shop telling me it is a S400AD, the A stands for Ash, the D stands for DiMarzio Pickups). He told me they got it from the music fair in Frankfurt (it was a prototype he said), and I can say I immediately fell in love with and bought her."

"About the controls/switches :
There are two sub and one main gain,
as well as an active eq with bass, mid and high control.
A switch for chosing the pick (3-way)
one switch (2-way) for a bass-boost of the front pick
one for bass-boost of the rear pick
one for high-boost of the rear pick
one for activating the active eq
"

But GAD knows all of this already directly from the owner in Germany...

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Very clean job inside done by Guild!

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Ralf
 
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The tonal possibilities are nearly endless with the on-board EQ (probaby due to endless confusion). :cool:
 

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Had no idea a bound version of the S300 existed. Guess they didn’t sell well?
I can't say for sure, but I'd guess they were too late in the line. The S400 as described with the active EQ shows up in the 1980 price guides, remain in March 1981, but are gone by September 1981. There's a hole in my price-list collection right about there, but that's when the "new body shape" guitars were on their way out in favor of the S275-types, and as evidenced by the X79 and X82s coming into being, the pointy guitar revolution had begun.

Also I don't see a reference to an S400 with a bound body and S300-type controls, but I only have the price sheets. As always, Hans likely knows more.
 

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That active one feels a lot like what GRD was doing in the late seventies, including the big countersunk brass bridge. Have we seen that bridge on anything else? Definitely looks like a regular Mueller bridge body, but with brass non-roller saddles (and, of course the sustain block/tailpiece combo. I wonder if it's something Mueller was making at the time or something Guild machined.
 

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I like the top binding. Never seen that before. Don’t care for the headstock, though.
 
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