Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dark Horse, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Finally had a day off of touring....back out again tomorrow! Anyway, while I was at home I decided to hit a pawnshop or two. I found this Dearmond Pilot V in pretty good shape (one significant ding, great other than that), and couldn't pass it up after I talked them down to $120 at the door. It even has a nice Birdseye maple neck!

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  2. Wow, that was a great deal, congrats!!
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  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I like getting "out the door" pricing at pawn shops & I did so just today.
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  4. A stunning deal on an underrated instrument.

    Congrats and enjoy!
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  5. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Agreed. The Dearmond Pilots are pretty nice basses. But...shhh!!!!!
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  6. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    Never heard of Dearmond, but that's a pretty nice looking bass! Great score!
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  7. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I put on some new GHS Boomer Roundcores and gave it a setup, and it is a great playing bass. Actually, the preamp sounds pretty good too. The G string is a little soft, which makes me think that perhaps they used regular four string bass pickups on this instrument, so if I keep it, I will probably change those out. Overall it's a very good sounding and playing instrument, especially for that kind of money! It is certainly giggable as it is, but I think swapping the pickups out would make it a real workhorse instrument.
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The first five string that I ever enjoyed playing was a Guild Pilot with EMGs. If I had known then what I know now, I would have kept it forever.
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  9. You mean, make it a real Dark Horse instrument. :bassist:
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  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA

    I would have payed that for the neck!

    Nice score.

    (I'll give you $150 for it right now... no questions asked. :cigar: )
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  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Interesting history. Strong connection with both Epiphone and Guild. Acquired by Fender (who also acquired Guild). So some stuff was branded Guild here in the states and DeArmond in Europe. And then a lot of Guild creations were branded DeArmond here as well. The Pilot was released as both a Guild and a DeArmond (As was the Ashbory if I remember correctly).

    So if you're familiar with the Guild Pilot, this is essentially the same bass.
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    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Nice score! I have the 4 string pro in natural ash which gets prettier every year, the grain just pops. I use DR black beauties on mine which seem to enhance the sound and look cool too. No doubt you already know the 5 strings have way wider necks than the 4. Mine is barely the Jazz standard 1.5" and plays like butter. Enjoy!
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  13. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Really cool, great score! Congrats!!
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  14. Steven Ayres

    Steven Ayres Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Northern Arizona
    I recently sold one just like it for $200.
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  15. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Yeah, I definitely would not mind having one of the original guild pilot five strings....they were ridiculously great basses.
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  16. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

  17. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    I thought the DeArmonds were their import line and Guild was, at the time, all USA
  18. BassBrass


    Jul 6, 2009
    Boston MA
    No sir. I have owned the DeArmond 4 and 5 and now own a 1982 American made Pilot 4, the old Guild is in another league than the Korean DeArmond. The American Guild seems to jump out of your hands, it really projects. It aint just the hot PU's, it rings. Maybe it's the aged wood. I don't own the DeArmonds anymore, the 5's B string doesn't compare with something like a Lakland. Still $120.00 that clean is a dream price and the neck is top of the line, maybe more dense than what I owned.
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  19. delta7fred


    Jul 3, 2007
    Are those 35" scale?

    Something sticks in my mind that they might be.
  20. Love_Bass


    Sep 5, 2012
    Good score! I really dig white bass's..
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