After selling my 6 string Alvarez, I decided to go back to bassics and get a 4 stringer. Of course this gives you an amazingly large selection of basses to choose from. So, to narrow things down I put an upper price limit of $500. This still gave me a dizzying selection, especially when you factor in used basses. I decided to surf by Ebay and the classifieds here and go through the basses. I decided to eliminate Fender, as I already have one and want something 'different'. I then jotted down all choices that remotely interested me and did some research. My conclusion? Guild. Yup, the maker renowned for their acoustic guitars. Typically I would have ruled out a fairly obscure bass line like this w/o hesitation, but I decided to at least look up their specs since the guitarist in my band gives such amazing sound out of his. The specs lined up just right with what I wanted: Mahogany body and neck (nice thumpy woodsy tone), 'neck thru' construction, dual J style pickups, above-average build quality for the time (from all reviews I could find). I decided to take the plunge and bid $425 on a B302 model on Ebay. And won. I got it on Monday and am just now able to put it down for a review. Construction: Like I said, it's a form of neck thru construction. Doesn't seem like a true neck thru, but certainly not a bolt on. Check pics below and fill me in on the technically accurate name. I was expecting a solid mahogany guitar to be fairly weighty, but it rang in at 8.5 pounds and is the lightest bass I've owned. It has a heavier, fuller sound than my 12 pound BB1200S. The Schaller tuners are still nice and tight, but no big surprise, as the bass is in generally mint condition. The pickups look and sound similiar to the J style. I opted for the 302 version of this bass w/ two p/u's, but there is a 301 model that has just one. Each p/u has a volume and tone knob w/ a 3 way switch to isolate each p/u or blend them. The knobs are in great shape, with no noise. The bridge is rather funky, with 'thumb' screws at the ends for height and one screw in the middle for tilt. Intonation checked out fine and the action is good, so I haven't had a chance to tweak the bridge yet. Likely will with new strings. The frets have minimal wear, but they are very flat to the fretboard. They come up maybe HALH as high as anything I've seen this side of fretless. I expected this to result in fret buzz and other oddities, but it works. There is zero fret buzz and only fast action, coupled with the neck profile. Tone: FAT. Woodsy. Growly. These are the strongest characteristics, but not the only ones. The tone knobs achieve some decent highs, even with old black nylon wrapped strings (first time I've played strings like this - VERY easy on the fingers!). I even achieved some decent slaps and pops. But this bass is meant to hold a solid groove and it does that very well. I was most impressed with the mid range cut. Heading from the D string up to the G produced some of the punchiest, cutting notes I've heard from any of my basses. The G string was nice and clear and the A string is bold and solid. The E is thunderous. I had to turn down bass (typically run flat with bass boosted from Schecter active 5 string) to keep from rattling out my teeth. It has been mentioned that basses like this lack definition between lower notes and I agree. You can tell the difference between a low E and G, but not by much. I am just digging the tone so much that I can't get enough of this bass. Summary: This bass isn't for everyone. I was looking for something that had a nice bottom end and could groove. The Guild fills that requirement and then some. It plays very quickly, feels awesome in the hand and doesn't weigh you down. I would recommend it to anyone. Now for some pics! I will try to get around to posting a soundclip in the next couple days. Thanks for the reading this lengthy post. If you have any input on this bass, have played one, or have one, PLEASE chime in! You can PM me also.. I would love to chat. The serial # indicates year to be 1976-77. Not too much younger than me.