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GUILD | BASS | B302

Guild B-302 bass

Solid body electric bass guitar

The dual pickup Guild B-302 bass, and its single pickup sibling the Guild B-301, were two very original new bass designs from Guild, ending a period in the early 1970s in which the company was at its least innovative. The all mahogany B-302 first appeared on Guild price lists in late 1976, with the ash/maple version listed just under a year later. The totally original body design was shared with a companion six string guitar model, the very highly regarded Guild S-300. These were great basses; very light, very playable, and consequently in great demand amongst players and collectors alike.

Guild's first solid body guitar designs in the 1960s were fascinating and original instruments. Unfortunately the public didn't buy them sufficiently, and by the seventies Guild were making very similar instruments to rivals Gibson. The JS-1 and JS-2 basses took heavily from the Gibson EB0 and EB3, in look, parts, finish and construction

Guild B302F bass
The B-302 also came as a fretless bass - have a closer look at this 1978 B302F, and check out the soundclips

In the latter half of the seventies the SG shape was beginning to look old, and the fuller humbucker bass sound less desirable too. Guild came out with an original, innovative, and economic design. Stylistically, a mix of Fender and Rickenbacker with the set-neck mahogany build of a Gibson. And at the same time very much itself. The new DP-8 single coil pickups and controls were mounted on the scratchplate allowing them to be pre-assembled before attaching to the body. New for Guild, but a technique employed by Fender from the beginning, and used increasingly ever since the the globalisation of guitar manufacture in the late 60s and 70s.

Late 1970s Guild DP-8 single coil bass pickup

The new pickups were single coil units in black covers with two pole pieces per string - so eight pole pieces, hence the DP-8 name. The B-300s were the first models to use them, but they appeared on numerous newer Guild basses (Guild X-701 and X-702, Guild SB-202 and the Guild SB-203 ) which replaced them in the early 1980s

1978 Guild electrics catalogue

The 1978 Guild electrics catalog dedicates one internal page and the back cover to the B-301 and B-302. The B301/B302 were described as follows:

The B-301 was the first in Guild's new generation of solid body guitars and basses - so successful, 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.

Guild B302 specifications

Guild B-302


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: two Guild DP-8 single coil bass pickups, two volume and two tone controls, selector switch
hardware: BT-4 bridge
finishes: Sunburst, Cherry, Black, Walnut, Natural, White

Guild B-302A


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: two Guild DP-8 single coil bass pickups, two volume and two tone controls, selector switch
hardware: BT-4 bridge
finishes: Sunburst, Blonde

Guild B302 advertisements

Electric bass advertisements originally published from 1978 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Guild advertisements

Guild B-302 - Guild B-302. Makes You Glad You

Guild B-302 - Guild B-302. Makes You Glad You're A Bass Player (1978)
The greatest bass we've ever built, with everything you want for the way you play today! Long-scale curved fingerboard. Wide frets. New solid brass bridge/tailpiece for perfect intonation. New doub...
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Guild B-302 - David "Rook" Goldflies - the Allman Brothers Band / Guild B-302

Guild B-302 - David "Rook" Goldflies - the Allman Brothers Band / Guild B-302 (1980)
David plays a hard-driving, progressive style. "I like the feel of the B-302AF," he says. "The maple neck is well-proportioned, the balance is very good. and the weight is right. It's comfortable t...
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Guild B-302 - Derek Holt. Climax Blues Band / Guild B-302

Guild B-302 - Derek Holt. Climax Blues Band / Guild B-302 (1981)
Derek Holt has been the solid, hard-driving bass player of the Climax Blues band since its early days. "My B-302 can take everything i give it", he says. "The neck and fingerboard are what I was lo...
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Guild B302 electronics and circuitry

Guild B-302 wiring loom Guild B-302 wiring loom

The B-302 wiring loom, attached to the scratchplate.

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1977 Guild 301-b Bass Guitar With Case Stunning !!!

1977 Guild 301-b Bass Guitar With Case Stunning !!!

Godfrey, Illinois, 620**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2350

This is a beautiful 1977 Guild 301-b Bass Guitar comes with original case. I searched for years looking for the right one. Many I saw in the world market had blemishes and warped necks, and serious scratches but when I found this one, I knew I found the right one. The body and neck are in excellent unmolested shape. It produces a rich and warm sound. It is in excellent working condition and has been well-maintained. Shipping in the 48 states is $125. Reach out with any questions it also ... more
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Guild USA SB-202 Bass - 1982 - Candy Apple Red w / OHSC

Guild USA SB-202 Bass - 1982 - Candy Apple Red w / OHSC

Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1495

Guild USA SB-202 Bass - 1982 - Candy Apple Red w / OHSC Guild USA SB-202 Bass - 1982 - Candy Apple Red w / OHSC
This is an all original 1982 Guild SB-202 Bass. Candy Apple red finish over an Ash body with Rosewood fingerboard   Guitar has some minor nicks / scratches and some finish marks in the candy apple red finish (not ... more
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De Armond By Guild Jet-Star Black Electric Bass Guitar S / nIc99070674

De Armond By Guild Jet-Star Black Electric Bass Guitar S / nIc99070674

Springfield, Illinois, 627**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

De Armond By Guild Jet-Star Black Electric Bass Guitar S / nIc99070674 This guitar has definitely been used and has light scratches and damage (As pictured) Please message us with any questions and thank you for your purchase!
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Guild Newark St. Collection M-85 Electric Bass Guitar w Case

Guild Newark St. Collection M-85 Electric Bass Guitar w Case

Georgetown, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500

Sounds and plays great! Fully functional. Straight neck. Very well made. Cool sounds and style. In excellent condition. A little bit of buckle rash on the back, but nothing major. Comes with case. Someone will love!
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Items only come with accessories / parts pictured and or listed in the listing
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1971 Guild Madeira MB-100 Short Scale Bass 30 5" scale 6 6lbs!!

1971 Guild Madeira MB-100 Short Scale Bass 30 5" scale 6 6lbs!!

Dearborn, Michigan, 481**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$899

1971 Guild Madeira MB-100 for sale, it has just been professionally gone through by a luthier (new nut, new Ernie ball slinky's, neck and bridge adjustment, and electronics cleaned, and re soldered). This bass is ready for another 53 years! It is based off of the Guild Jetstar 2, although it obviously looks similar to a Gibson SG, it is not based off of that. It was made in Japan, from what I have read nobody is 100 percent sure, but they believe it was made at the Matsumoku factory. 30 5" ... more
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GROVER 1970s LARGE WAVY BASS TUNER W / NUT & WASHER GIBSON OVATION BC RICH GUILD

GROVER 1970s LARGE WAVY BASS TUNER W / NUT & WASHER GIBSON OVATION BC RICH GUILD

Berlin, New Hampshire, 035**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$33

SALE PRICE &FREE USA SHIPPING!
This is a scarce Grover bass tuner with the wavy paddle, most likely from the early to mid 1970's. These were used on Gibson, Guild, Ovation, BC Rich and other basses almost exclusively in a 2x2 format. It's in great shape and includes the bushing and dress washer. It will fit a 9 / 16" hole. It also has recessed holes for (2) #3 screws which are not included. The chrome is on nice shape with patina and monor oxidation typical of age but no rust or pitting ... more
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1980S SCHALLER ROLLER BASS BRIDGE CHROME W / SCREWS GUILD KRAMER ARIA GIBSON

1980'S SCHALLER ROLLER BASS BRIDGE CHROME W / SCREWS GUILD KRAMER ARIA GIBSON

Berlin, New Hampshire, 035**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$129

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This is one of the all-time great bass bridge designs! It's massive yet low-profile and you can adjust string height as well as string spacing quite easily. The roller saddle design places a lot less strain on string windings and this adds to sustain. Made in Germany with the DBP patent # so you know it's an early one, Some minor oxidation but no rust or pitting and all the adjustment screws turn freely. Includes the (3) original mounting screws.
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1984 Guild Pilot Bass Guitar

1984 Guild Pilot Bass Guitar

Austin, Texas, 787**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$799

Weight is exactly 8 pounds. Does not come with a bag or case. Has some wear expected for a vintage piece. Sounds excellent and has a fresh set of Curt Mangan round wound strings. Battery cover has a piece missing. Nice early full pickguard model!
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Guild B301 4 String Bass Guitar

Guild B301 4 String Bass Guitar

Glastonbury , BA6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1950

The Guild B-301 is a great looking bass made in 1977. Serial No 163605   Nice balanced light weight. Professionally refurbished by Waghorn Guitars Bristol. Fantastic condition plays and sounds amazing for a 47 year old guitar. Comes with a Kinsman deluxe hardshell case. See pic's for condition. I've listed it as collection but delivery can be arranged at buyers cost, please message me for a quote.
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70er GUILD JET STAR JS  /  SG BASS CASE - Made in USA

70er GUILD JET STAR JS / SG BASS CASE - Made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£299

70's GUILD JET STAR JS / SG BASS CASE - made in USA :
* unique neon yellow interior
* bottom is loose in 2 places & needs glueing
* tolex has rips
* latches are rusty
* super hard to find !... more
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Hi I got a DeLuxe whith a stamped 6 digits serial no. And "Made in USA". No "Deluxe". Does this mean mine is from before 1975?

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1959 Hofner Committee

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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

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Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.