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.
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