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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.

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1968 Guild Starfire I bass
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Guild Starfire IV ST Electric Guitar Emerald Green w/ Case 3792110856

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1973 Guild JS-II Jetstar Oak Leaf & Acorn Vintage Electric Bass Guitar w/ Case

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Guild Starfire Newark St. Bass Cherry Red

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Guild Starfire III Hollow Body w/ Guild Vibrato Tailpiece (Black) Used

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Guild Starfire Bass II Mahogany Bass Guitar Used

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Guild M-85 Bass Black 888365833286

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1998 Blonde Guild Starfire III 3 Rare Westerly Rhode Island Case Pre-Fender SF3

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DeArmond Jet Star Special by Guild Jetstar Spel Thunderbird

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1973 Guild JS-II Jetstar Oak Leaf & Acorn Vintage Electric Bass Guitar w/ Case

Current price: £1292.72
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Guild B302 F Fretless Bass Guitar 1979

Current price: £950.00
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1979 Guild B301 Rare Electric Bass Guitar

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Guild DeArmond Starfire Special 1998 Beautiful Condition w/ Hard Case De Armond

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GUILD DE ARMOND STARFIRE CUSTOM

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Guild SF III Starfire Hollow Body Electric Guitar, Cherry Red w/ HSC

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1998 Blonde Guild Starfire III 3 Rare Westerly Rhode Island Case Pre-Fender SF3

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GUILD STARFIRE III CHERRY RED GUITAR HARDSHELL CASE INCLUDED BRAND NEW

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1971 Guild Jet Star 1 JS1 original USA

Current price: €1095.00
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Guild Starfire II ST Nat

Current price: €849.00
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Guild Starfire IV CR Thinline Hollow Body Archtop inkl. Snark SN-8 Tuner

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Guild Starfire VI Blonde

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GUILD - B402-A BASS - 1980 - Vintage

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Guild B 301F von 1979; Fretless Bass

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