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Thread: B-301 review

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    St. Louis, missouri, USA

    B-301 review

    How long have you owned the B-301 Bass: 4 years
    Year & specific model: 1978 Guild B-301 mahoghany finish
    Purchased new or used: Used
    Price paid: free
    Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

    Build quality 10. its lasted over 30 years of abuse, and still looks good
    Looks 10. it can never be confused for a fender
    Projection - 5 almost as loud as an acoustic when unplugged
    Bass - 10 cant beat a guild for low end growl.
    Mids - 7
    Highs - 5 it plays them, but tone post doesnt work
    Sustain - 9.
    Playability/comfort 10. neck feels great, body is comfortable, great balance.
    Dependability - 8 (only thing that keeps it from a 10 is a hack non factory wire job)
    Fingerstyle - 9 great smooth action
    Flatpick - NA
    Strum - NA

    Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): Good (it has a mediocre refinish, but the wood grain has lots of character, but the non factory wire job will act up occasionally)

    Favorite Strings (one selection only): D'Addario Flat

    Would you buy another if lost/sold: Yes if I could afford it

    Overall Assessment: Outstanding

    Most Appreciated Characteristic: low low bass growl
    Least Appreciated: neither pot works, loud humming if get to close to other electronics
    Favorite Story/Moment:
    I found it in a house that had been vacant for over 5 years.
    Other observations/comments: reminds me of a taco. unique styling- "not another fender" look
    So, From What I can read there, You want to trade one your Guitars for a John Deere riding lawnmower? Is that correct?-southernguild
    1978 Guild B301
    2002 Fender Squier 20th Anniversary P-bass
    and a free behrenger electric guitar

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    New to this forum - the review was very interesting. Just about to buy a B301 F. Hopefully will add a review in a couple of weeks

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