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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

Guild Starfire Bass
1968 Guild Starfire I bass
Guild Jetstar Bass
Guild JS Bass
Guild B-301 Bass
Guild B-302 Bass
1978 Guild B-302F fretless bass
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Guild M-85 Bluesbird Bass
Guild SB-201
Guild SB-202
Guild SB-203
Guild SB-502E
Guild X-701
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1967 Vintage GUILD Starfire IV Electric Guitar 6 String 1960s w/Non OHSC

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GUILD Starfire III Vintage 1966 YOKOHAMA Free shipping

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USED GUILD 1960 Starfire SF-1 Vintage 1960 w/ Hardshell Case

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GUILD StarFire VI '64 SB EMS FREESHIPPING

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Guild 1960 Starfire SF-1 Free shipping From JAPAN

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1962 Guild Starfire 3 Emerald Star III Green with Hang Tag Clean All Original

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1975 Vintage GUILD Starfire IV Electric Guitar 6 String 1970s w/HSC

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Guild Starfire V '67 CH

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VINTAGE 1974 GUILD M-85 II 2 BLACK LES PAUL KAY J P BASS HARMONY H 22 *MOJO*

Current price: £2281.71
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1975 GUILD STARFIRE 4 in walnut finish

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1970 GUILD Starfire SF III "Walnut" special order & near mint !

Current price: £1897.63
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1965 GUILD STARFIRE III VINTAGE HOLLOW BODY GUITAR WITH BIGSBY TREMELO RARE

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Guild USA Starfire V (2004)

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1998-2000 Guild Starfire IV SF-4 Natural Westerly #12935

Current price: £1368.27
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1998 Guild Starfire IV Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar w/ Bigsby, Original Case

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Guild Newark St. Collection Starfire IV ST Flamed Maple Natural 379-2110-850

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GUILD - B402-A BASS - 1980 - Vintage

Current price: €1690.00
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Guild Starfire V Semiakustik Gitarre mit Bigsby Vibrato Cherry Red incl. Case

Current price: €1149.00
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Guild Starfire III Semiakustik Gitarre mit Bigsby Vibrato Cherry Red incl. Case

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Guild Starfire III Hollowbody guitar cherry with Case, new

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Guild Starfire IV CR Thinline Hollow Body Archtop inkl. Snark SN-8 Tuner

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Guild B 301F von 1979; Fretless Bass

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