NBD: Guild Pilot 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Flatwound, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I've been pretty silent on the bass boards for the last few years, trying to cure my GAS. However, I occasionally peruse the Craigslist ads, and this one caught my eye. Guild Pilot 5, good condition, OHSC, $200. OK. I've been pretty happy with my ESP LTD Surveyor 405, but when someone drops a Guild Pilot in your lap for $200, well, it warrants investigating. This is the basic model, i.e., not Pro or Advanced. EMG-J pickups, VVT.



    Of course it had ancient roundwounds on it that sounded like ancient roundwounds. But I have a set of SR2000's burning a hole in my pocket, and I'm sure they'll perk it up.

    Oh, and it weighs 8 lbs. even.
  2. Thundar

    Thundar Living in sin at the Holiday Inn Supporting Member

    Very nice score!! Love the old Pilots! Great choice in strings too, BTW ;)
  3. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Nice score, OP - those are great basses, IMO...

    - georgestrings
  4. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I played it in church this morning. Fortunately, before I did, I checked the battery. It was very close to stone dead, and a new battery really perked it up. I also adjusted the truss rod, which was a bit of a challenge - I hadn't realized that it has a quarter-inch nut sticking up, rather than an allen head adjustment. I found a quarter-inch offset box-end wrench that works OK.

    It sat in the mix pretty well. I haven't played Jazz-type basses that much recently, but, being an EMG fanboy, I found plenty to like. I still have to tweak the setup a little more, but so far, so good.