Pilot review by Guild

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.2 (24 votes)
Guild: Pilot
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Sound — 8
The sound on this bass is very unique, though not quite what I expected. While is has the growl that you get from most fretless basses, it just doesn't seem to have the punch. I think that this is mostly the fault of the EMG's, some higher quality pickups could probably fix it right up. However, if you are looking for a bass that can have a deep, rich, muddy sound, with a lot of growl and character, this is your instrument. Considering that I play mostly funk and jazz, it just doesn't provide the crisp high's that I need. Other than, that you can expect the sound of a jazz bass.

Overall Impression — 8
While the EMG's really hurt the sound of this bass, I think that I got a high quality, solid instrument for the price. I am impressed with the action, the hardware, and the overall feel of the instrument. A solid bass for beginners or professionals.

Reliability & Durability — 8
All the problems with fit and finish aside, this bass is built like a tank, and is just about as heavy as one. It has already proven that it will hold up to the tests of time. Despite it's 20 years in existence, the tuners seem to be moving fine, none of the hardware is showing any ware, and the pots are dead quiet. I think that this bass will be in fine health when the next 20 years roll by.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
While the action & fit are the most desirable parts of this instrument, the finish leaves much to be desired. The action and fit are perfect. There is nothing more that you can say about them. It could be that the bass was professionally set up in Nashville before it was sent to me, or it could be that it is just a really old, finely crafted bass. This brings me to my next point which is the finish. The finish has several cracks in the gloss coat around the neck, as well as several pencil eraser sized chips. These could come from usage, however I would just as soon blame it on Guild's poor finishing skills. I say this only because I have seen the same kind of breakdown on the finish of my Guild acoustic guitar, and I know that it has been treated well.

Features — 8
This fretless bass was made around 1988 in the USA. It was constructed before Guild was bought out by Fender, so it is still a high quality bass. It has 22 frets or fret markers as the case may be. It also features a solid flamed maple top. The neck is 34 inch scale, also made of maple, with a rosewood fretboard. The neck is probably the skinniest that I have seen or played, considering the five strings. The electronics in my opinion are sub-par. I would gladly take a pair of MEC's or Bartolini's over the 2 active J style EMG's that are in this bass. The electronics aside this bass has a great many quality features.

21 comments sorted by best / new / date

    DeAd-RiP
    aren't EMG's high quality pickups everything i have heard of them is excellent maybe they are low end EMG's?
    SchitzoJoe
    Sound from a fretless is alot thicker, growlier, mudder than a fretted bass. And you don't get fret buzz. And it's good for sliding without actually having to have a slide.
    noisewall11
    SchitzoJoe wrote: Sound from a fretless is alot thicker, growlier, mudder than a fretted bass. And you don't get fret buzz. And it's good for sliding without actually having to have a slide.
    thicker, "mudder"?? yes maybe, but fretless definatly doesn't have the punch fretted does. fretless tone is smoothe and thick more or less.. but take a stingray for example. fretless they sound thick, chunky and smooth. fretted they are clacky and agressive sounding. i think of fretless being used for mellow music, and fretted everything else
    the_bi99man
    Fretless basses kick ass. Steve DiGiorgio's fretless bass pretty much made Death's Individual Thought Patterns album.
    emi_becker
    you are confused. Clean sounds are great, the problem is that they are VERY clean. For funk or jazz what suits you the best are dimarzio because it creaste a sound with body, and really muddy being ideal for that genre
    mpmurph29
    yup...EMG pickups are outstanding for metal/distortion sound not very clean sounding though
    EllttEll
    k1ng_pooh : DeAd-RiP wrote: aren't EMG's high quality pickups everything i have heard of them is excellent maybe they are low end EMG's? they are if you play alot of metal. there not exalctly designed for jazz or funk.
    what he said
    k1ng_pooh
    DeAd-RiP wrote: aren't EMG's high quality pickups everything i have heard of them is excellent maybe they are low end EMG's?
    they are if you play alot of metal. there not exalctly designed for jazz or funk.
    LetTheBassPlay
    Yeah, this review lost its point when you said "It was constructed before Guild was bought out by Fender, so it is still a high quality bass." because, just to let you know, fender does make some high quality basses.
    Dobzilla
    ^Sometimes. Possibly to do with age of the pups, badly maintained and stuff perhaps. :/
    pineappleman
    Zhuey wrote: Whats the point in it being fretless?
    you get the sound of a fretless while still knowing where the frets are meant to be.
    t3hrav3n
    Shredder Guitar wrote: ZeGuitarist wrote: /-Vince-\ wrote: fretless? ... With no frets.. Lol Cheers ZeG he meant that the picture has a fretted bass on it.
    It's a lined fretless: lines where the frets should be.
    Shredder Guitar
    ZeGuitarist wrote: /-Vince-\ wrote: fretless? ... With no frets.. Lol Cheers ZeG
    he meant that the picture has a fretted bass on it.
    Ryan Nias
    "It was constructed before Guild was bought out by Fender, so it is still a high quality bass." Lol, oh wow. In before Fender shitstorm.
    ricwin2
    My single pick up, solid body guild has a 68mm heel width. FYI. Oh, by the way does anyone out there know where I can get a Guild, or guild style replacement neck. I would welcon replies or responses to winterlaw2@yahoo.com or ricwin2@gmail.com.