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Guild b302 Fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by StayinTime, Nov 16, 2012.


  1. StayinTime

    StayinTime

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    I am gassing for one of these. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in chiming in on their thoughts about this particular bass.

    Would also love to hear what the neck is like

    Thanks a bunch
     

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  2. woodyng

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    I only know i'd love to check one out,too. I have read here that the necks are pretty hefty and they can be a bit weighty. I would love to try a mahogoney one...
     
  3. Jared Lash

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    The neck is a very full C shape which can feel a bit chunky to some. Not quite in vintage Pbass range but not thin like a Jazz. All the ones I've played (and the one I owned - my first bass bought used in 1992) have flat frets and play very fast.

    The stubby upper horn (Guild pretty much just used the guitar body and stuck a bass neck on it) means that this bass has quite a bit of neck dive. The body is thin and most are mahogany body and neck so they are lightweight and this isn't a big deal standing up wearing a strap but seated you need to keep your left hand on it or it will head for the floor on you.

    The stock pickups are fantastic. Fred Hammon (who made/makes Darkstars) said that they are his second favorite pickup after the Hagstrom Bi-Sonics that the Darkstars are based on. I agree.

    Big resonant, chimey tone that works well in a mix. Sort of a deeper Ric sound IMO.

    They are quirky but I think they are underrated and underpriced basses.
     
  4. RhinoBass

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    I've got a freeted one and would like to get a fretless one too (I've played a couple of them). The only thing I will say is that because of the body design, it is a major neck-diver.
     
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  6. Mal1905

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    The bass in the photo is actually a B-301, the 302 has two pickups. They're a lovely bass to play, I've got one fretted and one fretless (B-301s) and have been completely satisfied with them in all situations. And, they're a great looking bass ;)
     
  7. StayinTime

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    Thanks for the response guys. Thanks for clearing that up for me Mal. Would you be interested in possibly posting some pics of your bass?

    I have been looking for any that are up for sale and havent had much luck.
     
  8. Mal1905

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    I just called my parents and asked them to take the Guilds out of storage. I really need to start playing them again - I've been suffering from a dose of Fenderitis recently and could do with a change!

    They pop up every so often, but wouldn't be commonplace basses.
     
  9. StayinTime

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    yes you do need to start playing them again.

    I just checked out a demo on youtube by a guy named John Watson. Very cool tone.
     
  10. jgroh

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    I played a B301 for 22 years (fretted) and what they other guys said is true. Great bass but it does have neck dive, a chunky neck, and mine was on the heavy side. Overall, they are a great bass though and you can usually find them pretty cheap.
     
  11. RandyMolson

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    Best review of the B301/B302 I have ever seen. Nothing left for me to say so I'll just post pics.
     
  12. RandyMolson

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  13. Fly Guitars

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    I've got a nice Guild B302F - been playing it this afternoon through my Lab series L2 amp - roughly the same vintage.

    It's a great bass - i'm no fretless player (I've actually been trying to swap this for a fretted one with no luck - and i'm in the UK before you offer) but I recorded some sound samples - have a listen

    http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/guild/bass/B302F_soundclips.php
     

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