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Guild Bass Guitars
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Guild JS II bass
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last message by john_rossdale
15/10/2011 04:34

'74 Guild JS 2
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last message by damons
05/12/2010 16:43

Old Guild Bluesbird bass dating???
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08/10/2010 07:25

Guild B302
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29/07/2010 11:50

guild 68 starfire II bass
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17/04/2010 05:40

Unknown Guild Bass
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16/04/2010 06:22



Guild guitars were often very much in the same vein as those of Gibson, and the basses were no exception. There were certainly similarities in woods used, finishes, scale lengths, construction techniques etc; but Guild basses tended to have more nuanced pickups that the overpowering Gibson bass humbucker. The first Guild bass, appearing in 1964 was the solid bodied Jetstar.

The next year, 1965, a bass reminiscent of the Gibson EB2 joined the Guild line. The Guild Starfire range have proved to be some of Guilds most enduring instruments. Early Adopters include Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane (Jack talks about his Guild basses in detail here) who used these basses, often with heavy modifications in the late 1960s.

In 1967, the M-85 Bluesbird bass was added to the line, before in 1970 the JS bass was launched to replace the Jetstar.

The JS was ultimately replaced by the B-301 and B-302.

Guild Electric Basses

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1968 Guild Starfire I bass
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1968 Guild Starfire Bass All Original Excellent Survivor

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Vintage1967 GUILD STARFIRE IV ELECTRIC GUITAR Red Mahogany OHSC Free Shipping

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Guild Cordura Semi-Hollow Starfire Guitar Padded Gig Bag Case 47" x 20" x 4"

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1968 Vintage Guild Starfire II Bass Hagstrom Bi-Sonic PUs All Orig Ebony w/OHSC

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Vintage Guild Gold Tone Knobs and 200K Pot Starfire

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VINTAGE GUILD 1973 JS II NB 'STEREO' BASS GUITAR. MINT & RARE

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DEARMOND/GUILD STARFIRE BASS GUITAR

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1984-86 RARE 2x10 GUILD / Hartke 210 module Aluminium Coned Vintage Bass Cabinet

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