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
  3. ukulelelab


    Apr 14, 2013
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. bluesblaster


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

    elgranluis Supporting Member

    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?
  8. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    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.
  9. 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
  10. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    only one AWESOME pickup!
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  11. Anyone try one of these yet? I wish they would've put a video up for it like they did for the starfire.
  12. mongo2


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

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    Two pickup version, cherry, and then we're cookin' with gas.
  14. bassman10096


    Jul 30, 2004
    Interesting. Any others who've played the Newark St M85? I've always liked the older, thick, chambered body/single Bisonic combination. I'm also aware they are not always weighted the way many folks would want. But I really don't like the big body on the Starfire and I'd like to hear from anybody else who's played or heard the new M85 in person.
  15. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    received a gift from Sire, not an "endorsing artist" though.
    Just like the Starfire, if it weren't for the short scale (and the price).... My solution is to put darkstars into an Epi Jack Casady. ;)
  16. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    The body is smallish so the 30.75" scale fits it well, I had a '73 for a number of years, you would not want it to be a 34" scale trust me, that would be major neck dive time
  17. Phillip B

    Phillip B Chilling in the Sunshine State! Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2014
    Tampa Florida
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  18. twocorgis


    May 26, 2010
    Kings Park NY
    I bought one yesterday. I'm not crazy about black instruments, but I've been really intrigued by these, having owned a solid body ''73 M85 II that was modded with Darkstars. I liked that bass but sold it because it was an absolute boat anchor (10+ pounds). This one should be substantially lighter! I wish it had two pups, but for $700 all in including a nice case, I guess I don't have much to complain about.
  19. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I also owned a '73 M85, all that mahagoney aint light. mine had the HB with the pickups turned around so the pole pieces were facing inward, had a nice focused tone, geez I miss that thing

    That Starfire II in your avatar photo is very cool, had one of those too but some hunyuk sanded it down to the wood, label clearly read emerald green , a real shame as that color looks so good on those
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2016
  20. twocorgis


    May 26, 2010
    Kings Park NY
    Right you are about the weight of those solid M85s BB! My P-Bass is a smudge over nine pounds, and that seems to be about my limit. I played the M85 on a 3+ hour gig shortly after I bought it, and much as I liked the way it sounded and played, that was enough for me!

    It's really a shame about that SFII that some idiot sanded down. The Emerald Green two pup examples are rare as hen's teeth, and in the over four years that I've owned mine, I've only seen two others come up for sale, and neither was anywhere near as nice as mine. Here's some bigger pictures:


    The green really looks super on the maple bodied ones. I've gotten to the point where I'm afraid to play this one around drunk people anymore, and that's kind of a shame. It's in such great shape that the thought of damaging it horrifies me!
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