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2014 "Newark Street" Guild M85

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr.Fingers, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Look what I found "on the interwebz". A new addition to the "Newark-Street" collection, a Guild M85 bass.

    Woohoow: it's got the BiSonic pickup!
    Woohoow: it doesn't have to cost an absolute fortune
    Woohoow: it's the "Newark St." series, so quality will be decent
    Meh: only available in black.
    Meh: only one pickup.
  2. looks cool!

    selfish wishes: full scale and an ebony (or darker RW) fretboad
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  4. ukulelelab


    Apr 14, 2013
  5. birdman14


    Feb 7, 2011
    Oh no. Just when I was free of serious GAS, guild comes along and gives us this. If the quality of these Newark St. series guitars are as good as the m75 I played last week, this think will be killer. I have lusted after one of these ever since i saw radishes perform their song Orgy at Austin city limits, and thom Yorke was playing one. Vintage ones are hard to find and expensive when one comes up. The one pickup think is a little disappointing, but if they play well, it will be tough to say no.
  6. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    why they decided to use those big 'ol elephant ear tuners is beyond me, that looks ridiculous. First thing I would do is put some hipshots or schallers that are closer to the originals. Well I'll look forward to hearing a demonstration and decide if its worth the price
  7. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I cant find any info on when these will be available.
  8. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    El paso, TX
    where the hell are these bi sonic pups coming from? hagstrom closed shop long ago, and darkstars arent available either. So who is making these pups?
  9. fjadams


    Jun 7, 2011
    Lincoln, NE
    The tuners are copies of the originals. Well, looked and while some did have the big tuners, most had the smaller ones on them. And the smaller ones do look better.
    The bridge is a copy of the original.
    I saw once where they were having the pickups wound but can't remember where it is or where I saw it.

    Saw it earlier on Guild's Facebook page. Didn't see if it was the solid or semi hollow version. Since I hate black guitars I'm rather disappointed in this. Another time I'd buy a new bass and have to have it refinished to a presentable color.

    Just checked the Guild website and it is the semi hollowbody version. Good on that. The original solids were heavy. Would like to see a M85 II like the one Sheryl Crow uses. And hers is a proper color too.
  10. tilehilder

    tilehilder Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    Worcester, MA
    Anyone know if these are still going to available since FMIC sold guild? I saw some on eBay, but a couple of dealers I called said no.
    Last edited: May 13, 2014
  11. only one AWESOME pickup!
  12. wisconsindead

    wisconsindead Supporting Member

    May 16, 2013
    Milwaukee, WI
    Anyone try one of these yet? I wish they would've put a video up for it like they did for the starfire.
  13. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    I played one a couple of weeks ago, sounded good but too heavy and neck divey for me.
  14. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    Two pickup version, cherry, and then we're cookin' with gas.

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