S101 guitars

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  1. stewiesguitar

    stewiesguitar Well-Known Member

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    checking out ebay and came across this guitar the brand is called S101 has anyone ever heard of them.

    the reviews are pretty good. and the company looks legit.




    http://cgi.ebay.ca/NEW-S101-L-P-STANDARD-MODEL-ELECTRIC-QUILT-TOP-GUITAR_W0QQitemZ110261045246QQihZ001QQcategoryZ2384QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
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    yes, they are junk, ok for begginer if the price is real cheap
     
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    have you used one?
     

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    National Music Supply on Ebay used to sell a brand called Titan and S101. I was never sure if the brand was Titan or S101 or whatever but they so lots of different styles of guitars. I bought 2 strat copies, both for around $50 total. They were not as good as Squier or SX, not even close. But I did like them both. I sold them and made about $100 profit. I think they quit selling the guitars and are now just parting them out. Must be more money in that.

    Anyways, the quality is NOT up to SX standards.

    Hope this helps. :dunno:
     
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    titan and S101 are two different brands. titan's reviews were crapy. but S101's reviews wee really good. and they are still in business. the website said that they just built a huge factory.
     
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    my local music store used to carry s101 guitars and they felt cheap looked cheap, and everyone i played would go out of tune every 60 seconds, not to mention the pickups are horrible
     
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    From wikipedia:

    ASC Website with more info on S101 guitars
     
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    wow, that's an old thread.
     
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    Well in church they do say the dead will rise again.. I just didn't think it would be for a Strat clone
     
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    I had an S101 way back when. They used to offer the ability to spec your guitar, finish, pickups etc. I bought one when they were in their heyday and was underwhelmed in every way. Very uninspiring guitar. At least the fret ends were not sprouting, but it just really had no mojo. I got rid of it pretty quickly while prices were still good.
     
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    Ill admit its been 7 - 8 years since I had one in my hands and that can be a lifetime for some makers, but honestly I wouldn't try and kill a chicken with one of their 'axes'

    Up to that point they were regulars in the chain pawn shops here never above $69, and they were over priced at that. bad pups, sharp frets, loose trems, and horribly generic looks.

    Ill be honest I cant recall an S101 that has ever been any color other than black or red,and their tele';s were almost always blue
     
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    I bought an S101 one time. I wound up sending it back. It was years ago but it was horrible. I thought it would be like an SX or close but not a chance. It looked pretty in the pics though. It was a trans green.
     
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    The first six string guitar (Tele) that I ever built, had an S101 neck. Back then, the availability of (affordable) guitar parts wasn't what it is today. Pretty much all you had was Warmoth, USG, and $200 Allparts necks. I was not yet the Tele fanatic that I would later become. I just wanted to build one because I wrote a song that need a Tele sound, and I couldn't get it out of my Casino (my only electric guitar at the time), so I didn't want to sink a lot of money into it, so that meant scrounging around on ebay hoping to find some random Joe in Idaho who had a neck for sale and wasn't trying to rip you off. Ebay was like the feckin' old west back then.

    I think I paid all of $40 for it. It looked decent enough. I liked the rosewood, but the maple looked kind plain and grainless, and I hated the crappy S101 logo on the headstock, so I decided that I was going to learn how to refinish a neck (a few times) with this. I refinished it in acrylic first and hated it, so I decided to refinish it again, only this time something crazy happened! When I sanded off the finish, and into the wood, the maple just started exploding in flame all over the neck... Front back and sides! It's like the flame was just lying there under the surface, waiting to be discovered.

    I finished it in poly the second time, but when I found out about Tru-Oil, I thought it would make the flame pop even more... And I was right. It's impossible for pics to do this flame justice. You can't capture the depth and iridescence, but these pics look pretty good:

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    I also learned how to do a fret level with this neck, because the fretwork was tuuuuuuurible! Wonky frets all over the place!

    I mated the neck to a body of unknown origin, bought from another random dude on ebay... I suspect it came from a Squier Affinity, because it's made of alder, it didn't have string-through holes, and the body is only 1.5" thick.

    That guitar has been an evolving work in progress over the years and it's one of my most beloved, and most musical guitars of all time (I should probably do a thread about it).

    As a side-note; after I saw how that neck burst into flame, I started seeking out S101 guitars online, hoping lightening would strike twice. I did manage to find one, but it wasn't easy. I think they had already stopped making them before I ever heard about them, and they're impossible to find today, unless you find one at Goodwill, or something.

    The guitar I got was bright, obnoxious red, and everything on it was garbage-tier. The pickups were actually painful to listen to. In their defense, though, the neck and body were pretty good pieces of wood. The body was alder and 1.75" thick and the neck looked alright, but there was no flame to be had. :-(

    I was going to strip the body and refinish it, but lost interest in that and sold it on ebay. I don't remember what happened to the neck.

    So if you come across an S101 guitar, it's good for the wood (and if you know how to do fretwork, or want to learn), but find a dumpster for everything else. They cost $89 brand new about 14 years ago, so now, they're probably worth a glass of water.
     
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