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Guild S-300

Solid body electric guitar

1978 Guild S-300A and Guild S-300D guitars
The two variants to the Guild S-300, the S-300A (with an ash body / maple neck) S-300D (Dimarzio super distortion humbuckers).
1978 Guild electric guitar catalogue

The S-300 was launched in 1977. Guild had not tried any particularly original solid body designs for several years, so the S-300, (along with its companion S-60 and S-70 guitars, and B-301 and B-302 basses) was a welcome change for the guitar buying public.

The 1978 Guild guitar catalogue (right) featured a pair of white S-300 guitars on its front cover.

The S-300 was available in a number of different forms. Different wood and pickup combinations, for a much wider range of tones.

Guild S-300 mahogany body and neck, two Guild humbucker pickups
Guild S-300D mahogany body and neck, DiMarzio PAF and Super Distortion humbuckers
Guild S-300A ash body and maple neck, two Guild humbucker pickups
Guild S-300AD ash body and maple neck, DiMarzio PAF and Super Distortion humbuckers

All models have a 24 fret curved ebony fingerboard, with dot markers (24 inch scale), Chesterfield headstock inlay. A phase switch for reversing pickup polarity, three-way pickup selector switch and seperate volume and tone controls for each pickup.

The ash models were available in blonde (natural) and bunburst finishes. The mahogany models were also available in natural (though obviously much darker than ash) aswell as sunburst, cherry, black, walnut and white.

The S-300 lasted until 1989, when it was discontinued. The Ash and Dimarzio pickup options were stopped earler still in 1982.

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The Guild S-300 came in a number of variations, the model pictured is an S-300D, signifying the standard mahogany body and neck with (D) DiMarzio PAF and Super Distortion humbuckers. Non-D versions...
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The Guild S-300 came in a number of variations, the model pictured is an S300-AD, signifying (A) ash body and maple neck, and (D) DiMarzio PAF and Super Distortion humbuckers.
 




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There are 4 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
Joe Dulude Comment left 19th October 2012 17:05:02
I have a Guild S-300-D Electric with a serial # 166427 ....I can't find what year it is 1st AND it's ball park value these days ......They were hazy days in the days that i bought it new !!! that's right ...i know, i know but, i don't know what year it was ...early 80's mid 80's ?? idk but I am curious.... what a dumb kid i was cuz i had the Super distortion pick up (bridge Position) changed out to a Bill Laurence dual "Bar" style ...and didn't think of getting it back so i could have the original but i would never sell it anyway ....I hope someone can help me .... Thanks Joe
steve Comment left 29th January 2013 19:07:27
I just acquired a guild s300 a-d with a serial # very close to yours. I paid $900 for it which was a little pricey but worth it to me. Mine is a 1977,yours would be the same. Someone had switched the Dimarzios for Seymour Duncan Sh6 n/b which are not my cup of tea. I will replace them with the Dimarzio Paf and Super distortion.
peter lee Comment left 14th October 2014 16:04:22
I own an s300d, black, completely original spec' bought new in uk in '78. Serial number build date is '78. It is a players guitar hence the usual blemishes but no dents, scratches, rashes or buckle marks. Everything is original and it plays perfectly. No fingerboard indentations, frets are perfect; the body needs a pro clean but still looks great. I know there are s300d fanatics out there.... I'm one of them. I've owned some of the usual guitars with, quite rightly in some cases great reputations, but for me this is the wildest, yet smoothest and most versatile guitar I've been lucky enough to have. I'm going to sell it along with my other guitars. I believe it's worth at least $1,200... has anyone out there even found one for sale? I'd appreciate your comments
peter Comment left 14th October 2014 16:04:39
I bought my s300d (black) in uk in '78/79. #180345. It falls in the serial number range 169068-195067; builds from '78 onwards. They're very difficult to date accurately as far as I've been able to find out but I would agree with Steve about build date of yours; the color will also give you an idea as Guild changed the finish in years that are fairly easy to establish. My problem is that I'm in the process of selling my collection and getting a realistic value of the s300d. It's totally original although needs a pro clean - and of course it's rare. I've only just discovered this site so if anyone can help with the value of mine I'd be grateful.

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