Visions In Blue
Fancy something a little different? Here are two contemporary-made ‘shapes’ – one conceived back in the early 60s, the other a more up-to-date vision
We guitarists remain a conservative bunch, don’t we? Outside of the classic electric benchmarks, few differently shaped guitars exist and even fewer achieve player acceptance. Of course, Gibson’s modernistic ‘shapes’, the Flying V and the Explorer, have passed into the mainstream despite being ridiculed on their late 50s release, likewise the reverse and non-reverse Firebirds. But many other, err, oddly shaped guitars lie in cupboards, under beds and in dusty shop corners. What were those guitar designers – or in indeed artists – thinking?
Guild happily joined in the alternative shape craze in the swinging 60s with the S-200 Thunderbird, in stark contrast to its ‘stuffy’ archtops and semis. It appeared in 1964 and ran through to ’68 before Guild swapped its shape for a more conservative Gibson SG-like style. Under the current Newark St Collection banner, made in Korea, the guitar was re-released last year as the S-200 T-Bird, complete with its Jazzmaster-inspired