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'73 GUILD M 85 Bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by bluesblaster, May 6, 2012.


  1. bluesblaster

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    Impending circumstances have forced me to make some hard choices and unfortunatly this is one of them. If your a Guild enthusiast than you know what this is. I was in contact with Hans Moust about this bass and he told me that the sunburst finish was the most rare for this model , oddly enough. This is a 1973 model with the humbucking pickups, I believe these may be the loudest passive pickup ever made, seriously powerful ! and they sound good too. The overall condition is decent, probably the worst thing is some buckle rash on the back that took a bit of paint off, nothing horrble just a bit of honest play wear, some very minor dings here and there. The neck is perfect, straight, no dings anywhere. This is a 30.5 scale neck and has no fret wear to speak of. Truss rod turns freely and has reverse style tuners, headstock facing has some very minor checking. Another bonus for you collector types out there is the original case with orange lining and GUILD logo, all latches and locks work as they should. Alot of these seem to sell with non original cases like a les paul case or gig bag. As these dont come up for sale that often the price will reflect that fact and that it is a rare color also. I would like to see it go to a good home, Im sure the next owner will love this bass as much as I have. I have seen these sell for between 2 and 3K so lets say $2500 or Best Offer, plus shipping to CON US. Please feel free to ask questions, Im sure I probably left some important info out , I will do my best to answer them for you. I could only upload the two photos so if you want to see more just email me and I will send more. Thanks for looking.

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  2. mc_muench

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    Love me some Guild porn, GLWTS...

    What's the extra knob and toggle for?
  3. roadrunner

    roadrunner Supporting Member

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  4. JoePlaysDaBass

    JoePlaysDaBass Gold Supporting Member

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    There's a knob and a switch on there I can't figure out. Could you please explain the control layout?
  5. roadrunner

    roadrunner Supporting Member

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    small knob is a master volume, small toggle is coil split
  6. bluesblaster

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    you are correct sir ! thanks
  7. morrisonhendrix

    morrisonhendrix Supporting Member

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    My first guitar was the six string guitar version of this, same year, same color, everything. I sold it about a year and a half ago. I had always wondered if I would ever see a bass version from the same year. This is the first one I've seen. Very nice. GLWTS.
  8. dadglasser

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    Is this one the semi-solid or the solid body M-85's?
    How much does it weigh?
    Can you please post a picture of the "buckle rash" on the back?

    Thanks!
  9. bluesblaster

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    This is the solid body version, semi hollow was '68 thru '70. I have heard these were chambered as it does have an arched top, but I cant confirm that. My old bathroom scale says it weighs about 9 lbs. I was only allowed two photo attachments but if you would like to send me your email address I can send some photos that way.
  10. dadglasser

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    Sent e-mail via private message.
  11. Mysterion

    Mysterion Supporting Member

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    One of these was my first bass--a black '68, that I bought in 1977 from a guy in my dorm. Sold it a few years later in favor of a new Peavey T-40. Sigh.
  12. bluesblaster

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    A fellow TB guild owner has informed me that judging by the weight that it is probably chambered, regardless of wether it is or not this thing oozes old school tone. I did some recording with this bass and it sounds fat and punchy in the mix.
  13. EduardoK

    EduardoK Gold Supporting Member

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    I own one of these. I really can't tell if they're chambered or not... but I have owned lots of short scale basses and the M85 sounds spectacular.
    Deep, punchy thunderous tone indeed. I did play in my mind for years with the idea of replacing the pups with DarkStars, but man, these 70's Guild pickups are awesome in their own right, so much I came to the conclusion DarkStars would not necessarily be an "upgrade" !!!:bassist:
  14. bluesblaster

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    Glad to hear there are others that have come to that conclusion, thought maybe I was the only dissenter of the Bi-sonic craze. I never owned a darkstar PU but had several old Guilds with the Bi-Sonics and found them to be just sort of a one trick pony kind of sound, not an awful PU by any means, but certainly didnt live up to all the hype in my experience. I think the Humbucker gives a wider range of tones and can be freaking loud and thunderous if you want them to be.
    Anyway, this 'uns still available. Someone please hurry and take this, this is truly agonizing to let go of , please dont prolong my pain and suffering. :bawl:
  15. bluesblaster

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    Guess I'll leave this up till the weekend then off to evilbay it will have to go.
  16. EduardoK

    EduardoK Gold Supporting Member

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    Hope some TBer will buy it, great sounding and playing basses that don't come around for sale too often.
  17. bluesblaster

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    appreciate the endorsment. These are real gems that dont come up on the market very often, bonus for the even rarer color and original case.
  18. bluesblaster

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  19. funkyjudge

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    I had the semi-hollow body version of this bass beginning in about 1970, and it was an absolute KILLER bass! I used that bass to play lots of Cream, Zeppelin, blues and blues-rock (think John Mayall, Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, etc.) and it just kicked major azz in all instances!!!
  20. bluesblaster

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    make me an offer bump

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