Guild B series

The Guild B-series bass guitars were introduced in 1977 as a new generation of solid body basses to replace the JS-1 and JS-2 basses which had been the company's only solid body basses since 1970.  These B-series basses shared the new body shape of the S-300 guitars. The single pick-up B-301 was released first and its success soon led to the introduction of the 2-pickup B-302 model. Both models were available with ash body and maple neck, as the B-301A and B-302A. Both were also available with fretless fingerboard for no extra cost. The B-302 also was available with stereo wiring. In 1980 the B-301 & B-302 were joined by the active B-401A and B-402A models (with no pickguards), less than 400 of these B-401A & B-402A models were made. By 1982 the B-series had been discontinued.

GUILD B-301

GUILD manufactured the B-301 bass between 1977 and 1981. It had a double cutaway body shape. The single pickup was controlled by single volume and tone controls. Controls and jack plug were mounted on a the scratch plate (12 screw holes in the scratch plate). Head stock had 2 a side tuner configuration (Schaller M-4s) with a Guild logo and "B-301" on the truss rod cover. Dot position markers on the the fingerboard. Available with wide frets or fretless (at no extra charge). Solid brass combined bridge/tailpiece.

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GUILD B-301A

The Guild B-301A bass was like the B-301 model but it was made from different woods, with an ash body and maple neck.

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GUILD B-302

GUILD produced the B-302 between 1977 and 1981. It was a 2 pickup version of the B-301 bass.

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GUILD B-302A

The Guild B-302A bass was like the B-302 model but it was made from different woods, with an ash body and maple neck.

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GUILD B-401A

The Guild B-401A was made between 1980 and 1981.

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GUILD B-402A

GUILD produced the B-402(A) between 1980 and 1981.

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsMade inNumber of strings
GUILD B-301
1977 to 1981
black finish, natural finish, red finish, white finishUSA4 strings
GUILD B-301A
1979 to 1981
black finish, natural finish, red finish, white finishUSA4 strings
GUILD B-302
1977 to 1981
black finish, natural finish, red finish, white finishUSA4 strings
GUILD B-302A
1979 to 1981
black finish, natural finish, red finish, white finishUSA4 strings
GUILD B-401A
1980 to 1981
-USA4 strings
GUILD B-402A
1980 to 1981
-USA4 strings
ModelTone controlsVolume controlsPickup selector controls
GUILD B-301
1977 to 1981
1 tone control1 volume control-
GUILD B-301A
1979 to 1981
1 tone control1 volume control-
GUILD B-302
1977 to 1981
2 tone controls2 volume controls3-way selector switch
GUILD B-302A
1979 to 1981
2 tone controls2 volume controls3-way selector switch
GUILD B-401A
1980 to 1981
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GUILD B-402A
1980 to 1981
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ModelPickups configuration
GUILD B-301
1977 to 1981
1 single coil pickup
GUILD B-301A
1979 to 1981
1 single coil pickup
GUILD B-302
1977 to 1981
2 single coil pickups
GUILD B-302A
1979 to 1981
2 single coil pickups
GUILD B-401A
1980 to 1981
1 pickup
GUILD B-402A
1980 to 1981
2 pickups
ModelBody materialBody shape featuresPickguard material
GUILD B-301
1977 to 1981
mahogany bodydouble cutawayblack pickguard
GUILD B-301A
1979 to 1981
ash bodydouble cutawayblack pickguard
GUILD B-302
1977 to 1981
mahogany bodydouble cutawayblack pickguard
GUILD B-302A
1979 to 1981
ash bodydouble cutawayblack pickguard
GUILD B-401A
1980 to 1981
-double cutaway-
GUILD B-402A
1980 to 1981
-double cutaway-
ModelBridgeHardware color
GUILD B-301
1977 to 1981
fixed bridgechrome hardware
GUILD B-301A
1979 to 1981
fixed bridgechrome hardware
GUILD B-302
1977 to 1981
fixed bridgechrome hardware
GUILD B-302A
1979 to 1981
fixed bridgechrome hardware
GUILD B-401A
1980 to 1981
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GUILD B-402A
1980 to 1981
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ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
GUILD B-301
1977 to 1981
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GUILD B-301A
1979 to 1981
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GUILD B-302
1977 to 1981
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GUILD B-302A
1979 to 1981
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GUILD B-401A
1980 to 1981
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GUILD B-402A
1980 to 1981
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ModelNeck materialNumber of fretsPeghead (headstock)Tuner layoutNeck joint
GUILD B-301
1977 to 1981
mahogany neck20 fretblack face headstocktwo-each-side-
GUILD B-301A
1979 to 1981
maple neck20 fretblack face headstocktwo-each-side-
GUILD B-302
1977 to 1981
mahogany neck20 fretblack face headstocktwo-each-side-
GUILD B-302A
1979 to 1981
maple neck20 fretblack face headstocktwo-each-side-
GUILD B-401A
1980 to 1981
----set neck
GUILD B-402A
1980 to 1981
----set neck