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Was this a good buy?...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Claymore, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    A0FD6C69-AF45-4DB9-A749-A093B9602455.jpeg Just purchased this late 70s Guild b301 online from Cream City Music in Brookfield, Wisconsin. It was only listed a couple of days ago and already had 24 people watching it and 2 bidders, so I paid the asking price because it was reasonable, in my estimation. $700 plus $50 shipping. The seller says it was set up at their shop and "ready to play on arrival" and the tuners, electronics, pickup, truss rod and everything is original and fully functional. Neck is straight with no issues and frets show "almost no wear"...Assuming that all of the above is true, did I get this instrument for a decent price? The only other b301s I can find online are going for $1,000+ but they are in slightly better cosmetic condition. Been looking around online for info but can't find a whole lot. One cool thing about this instrument is that it was built right after I was born only 45mins away from where I live now. That alone makes it valuable to me but sentimentality aside, do you think I paid what it was worth from a resale perspective? I don't plan on getting rid of it but in the future, who knows. Just trying to get an idea of its general value. 0B7E0ABD-291E-4D6F-BE3C-C2DEC5EFA546.jpeg ECA62E87-F545-47DF-8F0B-32524979FFAD.jpeg
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  2. Looks like a winner if you're happy with it.
  3. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    A very cool and underrated vintage instrument. Enjoy!
  4. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    Seems reasonable-I really like instruments that show this much honest wear. Frets are probably leveled as they look a little low and wide. Looks like flats on there, which is good for the remaining life of the frets.
    When it comes in, the play test will be the deciding factor. If you like it, it's a great deal!
    I played a B302 once and really liked it. Kind of an East Coast take on the Ric. Passed on it because it was natural, though the asking price was $650, which was well worth it. If it were black, there would have been a NBD post here.
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  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Guilds of that era are great instruments - always underappreciated. Whether it was a good but can only be decided by you.
  6. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    If it is as advertised, you got a great buy. A friend had one of these I got to play some. Comfortable neck, good sound. The only thing you may have to adjust to is a bit of neck dive.
  7. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    These are well-built, great-sounding basses. If it's fully functional with no major flaws you've done OK price-wise.

    I'm a big fan of Guilds from this era and my only real gripe with them is the bridge design. But, if it arrives with a setup to your liking, just leave it "as-is", play and enjoy.
  8. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I think that price is more than fair. From a quality standpoint it's a great deal. As others point out Guild basses are under appreciated and the market is a lot softer than other vintage brands.

    I'd have paid that for it, I think you did good :thumbsup:

    @Jon Clegg is in the middle of recreating 2 versions of this bass, one as a comission for @Fat Freddy, and one for the winter build off.

    Maybe those cats can give you more details :D
  9. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
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  10. TrevorG


    Nov 30, 2012
    I'm old enough to remember when having a Guild was soooo cool! Looks great!
  11. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    What I'm building is a recreation of the Hammersmith Model K which never went into production. It's more like what you'd get if you left a B301 and a RIC 4001 together unchaperoned; back end of B301 with the horns of the 4001.

    As for this bass, yeah, I'd say 700 seems reasonable. The cosmetic flaws could be pretty easily fixed if you're so inclined.
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  12. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Think it's fair to say that Guild were most certainly an inspiration for the bass that Jon is creating for me but what we're actually trying to achieve is a custom version of the Hammersmith "K" bass that never saw it to production...:thumbsup:
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  13. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Ha!...Jon beat me to it!...:laugh:...
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  14. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    I'm actually glad you brought that up... I feel like there's good wear marks and bad wear marks. The good wear is like when the paint gets rubbed off around the high-friction areas and the bad wear is when a string end scraped across the paint in a high-viz area. This bass has a little bit of both. I'm going to investigate how to remove the unwelcome scratches (pictured) without making it look like I did any work on it. 4C621E92-3F1B-4230-92E1-E6097AC5E075.jpeg
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  15. dramatwist

    dramatwist Suspended

    Sep 27, 2019
    ...I owned one of these when I lived in NYC... great bass... I paid less than $200 for that one...
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  16. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    got nuthin' --- just wanted to see it.

    cool! hope it's 'priceless' for you! :thumbsup:
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  17. ChrisBowsman

    ChrisBowsman Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2006
    Yellow Springs, Ohio
    Whether or not it was a good buy depends on who you ask.

    If you dig it, and can afford the price, then yes, you made a good buy.

    If you ask a bunch of dorks on Facebook, they'll probably tell you that they couldn't handle the slight blemish in the binding on the $400 Chinese Ibanez they just returned to Musicians Friend, let alone all those nasty scratches.
  18. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    :roflmao: "Facebook dorks"... Dying over here.
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  19. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Nice!!! An all original Guild B301!

    Distinctive look and sound. And for $700 in decent condition with some rather (IMO) attractive legitimate and reasonable age related road wear on it? I like an older instrument that looks like it has a story to tell. What’s not to like?

    I think for $750 all in you made a great buy. Congrats on a very cool purchase. Play it well. :thumbsup::)
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