Guild M-85 Reissue - Upgrading Questions:

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Shortie, May 1, 2016.

  1. Shortie

    Shortie Boom! Inactive

    Nov 15, 2015
    Brooklyn USA
    I picked up a used Guild M-85 Reissue a few months ago for a good price. I like the body (chambered semi-hollow) the neck, the look, and build quality, but the sound, as is, doesn't cut it - very limited range, not much thump. The pots - volume and tone are pretty useless - either "on" or "off" - not much graduation at all. I need to get them checked or swapped out. It's strung with Chrome flats but I will probably put GHS Pressure wounds on it, which are my go-to strings - versatile and just the right feel for me.

    I've also heard I can get a Dark Star pup to replace the stock pup ("bi-sonic") on the reissue. I think this bass has a lot of potential but it needs work. I know this model has also been made with two pups - something I'm considering for this bass.

    I'm in NYC - any help/suggestions about how/where to bring this bass up to its potential are much appreciated. I'm not a do it yourself guy on my instruments beyond strings and set ups.

    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  2. What value in ohms are the pots?
  3. Shortie

    Shortie Boom! Inactive

    Nov 15, 2015
    Brooklyn USA
    I haven't got a clue. I'd have to look up the detailed specs - it's stock, so that's probably not the issue. IMO it's about the fundamentals of this model. The bass is a sealed chamber - can't really get at the pots except by removing the pup and I'm not going to perform major surgery on my own. I should try to clean the pots - they may just be dirty and sticky.
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  4. I understand. I have done it a few times in the past and it is tedious. This late in life I am for instruments with easy access. Your bass is really nice looking though
  5. Shortie

    Shortie Boom! Inactive

    Nov 15, 2015
    Brooklyn USA
    It's nice looking and the workmanship is excellent - neck is set, laminated mahogany, smooth as silk and it has a real bone nut. The chambered body is very well done - I can tell from the sounds and feel I do get out of it. But at the moment, it's far from realizing its potential.

  6. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    For me the problem with the tone of the M-85 RI I tried was the pickup position. I prefer a neck pickup position.
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Whatever you do, don't chop it up, and don't lose any original parts. Those are sweet basses.
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