1978 Guild B-302F bass

Fretless version of the Guild B302 bass

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1978 Guild B302F - front
1978 Guild B302F - reverse
Model: 1978 Guild B-302F
Pickups: Two Guild eight pole single coil bass pickups.
Scale: 34"
Body: Mahogany body. 17 3/4" long, 14 1/4" wide, 1 3/8" thick. Overall length 46"
Neck: Three piece; mahogany with a maple stripe, fretless. Rosewood fretboard. Width at nut 1 5/8"
Hardware: 2 volume and 2 tone controls. Schaller M-4-S tuners, Guild BT-4 bass bridge
Weight: 4.0kg
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1978 Guild electrics catalogue

Guild made some really nice bass guitars in the 1970s. And this is one of them; the fretless version of the Guild B302 bass in walnut finish. It has a mahogany body with a set three piece neck, also mahogany with a maple stripe, and an unfretted rosewood fingerboard. Unlike all older Guild basses, this was only available as a long scale (34") instrument. The 1978 catalogue (left) describes the bass in detail, but also lists other options; stereo wiring and an ash body. It had a 1978 US price of $440.

The quality of American guitars at this time is often brought into question, but this does not seem to have been a problem for Guild, this bass is certainly very well built, and very easy to play. One of the better vintage fretless bass guitars available.

1978 Guild B302F - bridge detail
The Guild B301/B302 basses had the solid brass, chrome-plated BT-4 bridge, a vast improvement on the older Hagstrom-made bridge
1978 Guild B302F - control detail
There are volume and tone controls for each pickup, aswell as a three-way pickup selector switch.
1978 Guild B302F - pickup detail
The bass is fitted with two Guild single coil eight-pole pickups; two poles for each string, "for even output".
1978 Guild B302F - heel detail
Heel detail. The Guild B302 has a set (glued in) three-ply neck.
1978 Guild B302F - front of headstock detail
Headstock front with inlays; Guild logo and Chesterfield motif. The truss rod cover has the model designation, B-302F.
1978 Guild B302F - reverse headstock detail
Reverse headstock detail; Schaller M4s tuning keys, with serial number stamped at the very top of the headstock. This dates this particular bass to 1978.
1978 Guild B302F - mother-of-pearl headstock inlays
Guild mother-of-pearl headstock inlay detail
1978 Guild B302F - truss rod cover
Guild truss rod cover with B302F model designation.
1978 Guild B302F - body routes
Body routes. The pickups are mounted to the base plates in the pickup routes, via two bolts that pass through the pickup itself. For a look at the wiring see Guild B302 electronics.
1978 Guild B302F - case

1978 Guild B302F bass and blue-lined hard case. Note the Guild logo near the handle.

Have a listen to some soundclips of this bass through various vintage amplifiers here.

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