SOLD pending payment - thanks for looking!
Note price drop to $975
I'm reluctantly letting go of a rare bird - a '75 Guild JS
II bass with the rare and unique oak leaf and acorn carving Guild offered for a just a few years. The bass is all mahogany, still has the original nitro finish, has been played (it's not a pristine collector's bass) but still looks very good (my pix don't do it justice). I just can't justify keeping multiple vintage basses when I've got upcoming college expenses, etc facing me.
Condition – I’ve tried to photograph every flaw, but frankly, they are too small or subtle to capture. Sorry the photos don't include any "glamour shots" - but this is a pretty bass in person. The nitro finish is mellowed to a medium amber that looks great over the mahogany body and neck. All that said the condition is: Played – not abused – Player wear – the finish worn through on the back of the instrument next to instrument compartment (see pix) – Normal dings on the edges – none unsightly or deep – Small, repaired crack in the top next to output jack – nicely refinished to almost invisible – very slight hump in the finish (could probably buff back to level).
Hardware – I believe is all original (the pieces are all correct for the model) – the only possible exception is the bridge saddles. The bass came to me with a very cool set of rosewood saddles topped with brass. Don't know if Guild ever produced them this way, but I actually prefer the slightly more authoritative sound. I will include a full set of all rosewood saddles with the bass. Normal to light oxidation on the metal parts, good for a 35 year old bass. Knobs are all original. The serial number is 113696.
Electronics: The pickups are the Guild humbuckers that replaced the Bisonic pickups used prior to 1971. They are in first rate shape and sound great. The pots are a little bit scratchy, but would probably quiet down with a cleaning. The pickup selector is still wired in the kind of weird: Neck only/Bridge only/Neck and bridge out of phase configuration and works fine. The mini-toggle for bass boost (the “tone suck” switch) was removed by a prior owner. The mounting hole is filled with a neat plastic button (see pictures) that would pop right out if you wanted to reinstall a mini-toggle (never missed not having it).
Neck and fingerboard: Short (30") scale. The bass plays nicely – fast, slim neck. The neck is straight without any twists of lopes. The fingerboard and frets are in good shape. Based on the very limited fretwear, I think it probably was strung with flats for most of its playing life. Best of all, the set neck joint is perfect and has never needed a reset.
Case: The original case is in surprisingly good shape for its age. Worn on the outside and pretty good inside. The middle clasp was replaced with a secure, modern clasp, but the other clasps are original and work great. The interior plush and cushioning is old but intact and in nice shape.
Note - Price drop: I'd like to get $975 or as close as possible. Feel free to contact me with reasonable offers. I'm going to sell this bass, but I'd rather sell to somebody here than wait till I take it to the 'bay. I'd prefer to ship only to the US and Canada. Shipping within the ConUS is a flat $50 (insured). AK,HI and Canada - actual shipping cost is the buyer's. C'mon - give it a good home. PM me with any questions. Thanks
Sorry about the picture quality - I tried to show the flaws and wound up not showing off how nice looking the bass really is. http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...ldP1020494.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...ldP1020492.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...ldP1020489.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...ldP1020479.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...ldP1020488.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...ldP1020482.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...ldP1020487.jpg http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...ldP1020480.jpg