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1978 Guild B302F fretless bass
1978 Guild B302F fretless The B302F is the fretless version of the Guild B302, which, along with the B301 were Guilds new bass offerings for the late 1970s. Guild hadn't really came up with a innovative bass design since the low-selling Jetstar of the mid-1960s. This is not to say they didn't make fantastic basses; far from it, but the Starfire, JS and Bluesbird (M-85) basses of the late 1960s - mid 1970s could all be said to be derivatives of designs by Gibson (the EB2, EB0/3 and Les Paul bass respectively). So the B301/302 series was something new, not just in looks; it had a new design bridge and pickups too, although the actual construction (mahogany body, set mahogany neck) was traditional Guild. This bass paved the way for many new bass designs into the 1980s, some very unusual indeed. Have a listen to this bass here.
1967 Guild Capri CE-100
1967 Guild Capri CE-100 A closer look at a 1967 Guild CE-100. The Capri was a full-depth archtop, and Guild's first guitar with a Florentine cutaway - and a very sucessful model too; staying in the Guild catalogue in one form or another from 1958 until 1984. Stylistic similarities between models such as the ES-125C and ES-175 can be made, but this guitar is every bit as good quality as the better known Gibsons.
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Guild B-301
Solid body bass guitar

Guild B302F bass B-301
1977-80
body: mahogany
neck: set 3-piece mahogany, with 20 fret rosewood fingerboard
scale: 34"
overall length: 46 1/4"
width at nut: 1 5/8"
electronics/pickups: one Guild single coil bass pickups, volume and tone control
hardware: BT-4 bridge
finishes: Sunburst, Cherry, Black, Walnut, Natural, White
B-301A
manufactured: 1978-81
body: ash
neck: set 3-piece maple, with 20 fret rosewood fingerboard
scale: 34"
overall length: 46 1/4"
width at nut: 1 5/8"
electronics/pickups: one Guild single coil bass pickups, volume and tone control
hardware: BT-4 bridge
finishes: Sunburst, Blonde

The B-series Guild bass guitars were the follow on/replacement for the JS-1 and JS-2 basses which Guild had been producing since 1970. The Guild B-series (the only basses Guild were making at the time) had a number of changes, both stylistically (moving away from the derivative instruments of the previous 5 years), and with respect to hardware and fittings.

Guitars could be made more cheaply if the pickups and controls were mounted onto the scratchplate; the body could be routed on one side only, and assembly and testing performed more easily. Many manufacturers started making guitars this way, especially cheaper models, and Guild was no exception. Gone were the body mounted humbuckers and pots of the JS-series

The Guild B-301, and its two-pickup sibling, the B-302 bass, were companion models to the S-300 guitar (and S-60, S-70). The B-301 first appeared on Guild price lists in late 1976 (mahogany version), the B-301A was first listed towards the end of 1977.

1978 Guild electrics catalogue

The 1978 Guild electrics catalogue dedicates one internal page and the back cover to the B-301 and B-302

The B-301 was the first in Guild's new generation of solid body guitars and basses - so sucessful, we followed it with our double pick-up B-302.
Both have the long 34" (86.4cm) scale, wide frets and curved fingerboard that rock bassists are using. Plus a new bass pick-up. And a new solid brass bridge/tailpiece that gives you perfect intonation.

The older JS basses had been using humbuckers, and the old Hagstrom bridges. The new pickups were single coil units in black covers with two pole pieces per string

By the early eighties the range was replaced by less adventurous SB-200 series and the exageratd X-700 series

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Guild B-301 - Here Now! Guild B-301Guild B-301 - Here Now! Guild B-301
Early advert for Guilds redesigned solid bodies ofthe mid/late Seventies
Its the first in a whole new generation of solid bodies by Guild
Guild B-301 - Let out your bass instinctsGuild B-301 - Let out your bass instincts
String advert for Guild roundwound, flatwound and groundwound strings. Features John McVie of Fleetwood Mac with a Guild B-301A bass
 

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1981 Guild B402-A Fretless Bass Guitar B-402 B-302 B-301

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Vintage 1978 Guild B-302 Bass w. OHSC

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1979 GUILD B-302 BASS GUITAR PRINT AD

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1979 GUILD B-301 LONG SCALE BASS GUITAR PRINT AD

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1978 GUILD B-301-A BASS JOHN McVIE FLEETWOOD MAC GUITAR PRINT AD

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1977 original AD Guild B-301 long scale Bass Guitar

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1978 Guild B-302 bass guitar photo print Ad

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1978 THE LONG SCALE BASS GUILD B-301 GUITAR AD

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1977 THE B-301 GUILD BASS GUITAR AD

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1977 THE GREAT LONG SCALE BASS B-301 GUILD GUITAR AD

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UK ebay listings

Vintage 1978 Guild B-302 Bass w. OHSC

Current price: £670.42
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1979 GUILD B-302 BASS GUITAR PRINT AD

Current price: £3.50
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1979 GUILD B-301 LONG SCALE BASS GUITAR PRINT AD

Current price: £3.50
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1978 GUILD B-301-A BASS JOHN McVIE FLEETWOOD MAC GUITAR PRINT AD

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1977 original AD Guild B-301 long scale Bass Guitar

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1978 THE LONG SCALE BASS GUILD B-301 GUITAR AD

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1977 THE B-301 GUILD BASS GUITAR AD

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1977 THE GREAT LONG SCALE BASS B-301 GUILD GUITAR AD

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There are 3 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
родственник Comment left 14th January 2014 08:08:07
It says that the Guild B appeared in 1976. But in the Soviet Union was the bass guitar Rodin, and he did v1970 year. I wanted to ask, who knows more bass this hull shape? Is there a common ancestor Rodin and the Guild?
Brian Smallwood Comment left 23rd March 2014 11:11:41
Hello I have a Guild 301 with an EMG pickup and a BadAss bridge on it. In Beautiful shape, I was wondering what it is worth. Could You give me some info on it. Thanks Brian
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 25th March 2014 22:10:26
In good condition the one-pickup B301 basses typically sell for Ј400-Ј600 (UK) / $400-$600(US), depending on the usual criteria. The value of your bass will be less, but how much depends on the extent of the modifications. Was the pickguard changed or cut? Was the body routed to accommodate the new pickup? In any case, these are great playing basses, and in any functional condition, will have some value, most likely Ј300-Ј400

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