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1975 Guild JSII Bass - Oak leaf and acorn carving!!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by bassman10096, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    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.

  2. hifibass

    hifibass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Albany, NY
    The original bridge saddles on this bass were all rosewood. The update is probably for the better if this bass is going to actually be played. I had the same bass but wired in Stereo to 2 Sunn 2000S heads and 4 2X15 Sunn cabs. Yes, my back still hurts.
  3. Randall


    Aug 6, 2009
    Kinda looks like a Wal bass. Nice. :)
  4. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Hmm - never saw it that way, but you are right. Sort of like if Wal made a Gibson SG bass.
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  6. hifibass

    hifibass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Albany, NY
    It was Guild's take on the Gibson EB Series of that era. Sounded very nice to my ear and was as light as a feather compared to the others of the mid-70's. The only issue I ever had with mine was breaking strings. I'm heavy-handed and use light gauge strings, that together with the short scale(NICE!) and the rosewood saddles = lots of broken strings. 100% MY fault, not the bass. Since I'm 35 years older now (I bought mine new)I've had little time to work on my right hand technique.
  7. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    C'mon. Don't make me want to keep it. :p I still have an M-85 that I absolutely love, but the JS is lighter and a bit brighter.
  8. Wannabass

    Wannabass Supporting Member

    The model is a JSNB and should be inside the back cover. There seems to be a bit of speculation on the NB, nuts and berries or something else....
    I have a 73 model and Love it, great sound!
  9. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Sat morning bumpage. Also - Pretty sure I'll be listing on Ebay tomorrow AM (I need to move this baby along). In my observation, JS's can go low or very high on the 'bay. If you are interested, I'm very willing to talk price, so PM me today. :D
  10. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    A couple of nicer pix:

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  11. That's a Westerly RI bass for sure. Growing up there I remember lots of freinds and freinds parents that built Guilds at the small factory on Industrial Drive.
  12. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Bump for price drop. It's going on Ebay later today.

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