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

Guitarist - - Sterling By Music Man Guild - Words Dave Bur­rluck Pho­tog­ra­phy Joby Ses­sions

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

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