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Madeira sg bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by baddarryl, Mar 16, 2013.


  1. baddarryl

    baddarryl Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Cape Fear!
    Found one at my girlfriends house that could use some tlc. All I know about these is they were Guild's budget line, made in Japan, and can be decent player. Not worth much I gather. Anyone have one or more info on these? I thinking of resurrecting it just for fun.
     
  2. jshinal

    jshinal

    May 28, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    The Madeira MB-100 was a sorta-clone of a Gibson EB-0. As far as I know, it was actually designed by Guild, but built in Japan at an unknown factory, then distributed as a budget line in the USA.

    They are not common. The neck is quite narrow in span from E to G. The one I had is actually 'medium scale' and I had to use light long-scale strings on it, with a lot of string wound on the posts.

    The tuners are pretty good, the pickups are very good, the bridge is cheap and it tends to neck-dive. But the fingerboard was good rosewood, and it sounded really nice and fat. Even playing with a pick, my Ampeg 1x15 combo and a 1x15 Sunn extension gave this bass a fat rocking tone that fit in every rock style.

    It's not worth much, but if the frets are still good and the neck is still straight, it probably only needs a good cleaning, or at most a new switch or jack soldered in. It's a great lightweight starter bass for anyone who doesn't have real big hands.
     
  3. lasalle69

    lasalle69 "Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride"-H.S.T.

    Nov 21, 2007
    Somerset, MA
    I do have one. Picked it up on ebay for @300. It is the guild budget line and a copy of their JS-2, one of which I also own. It sounds great! Even has the rosewood.bridge saddles like its American cousin. Overall a great sounding bass. It does take med. Strings though. I put DR-hi beams on her.
    Cheers
     

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