Guild Pilot Bass 4 Knob Reviews
Already have a pair of Pilots, fretted and
fretless, and they are really great as to comfort and tone, but then I saw this one
hanging at Parkway [Rt9, Clifton Pk, NY]
and I was in love.... But it cost more
than the combined price of the other two:
$600 really clean barely used condition,
with fitted case in decent shape.
Being unwilling to trade in my other Pilots
I traded a Gibson Tobias that had already
fell into dis-use because of the Pilots I
am already playing. This Pilot is quite
different from the others [see below].
While I love my "plain" Pilots, this one
shares only the shape, and the the same
bridge and tuning pegs, but since player
comfort is a major element of the Pilot
series, shape of neck and body is a big
deal to me.
It's medium-light weight, very good hang
balance, and the neck plays like it's an
I'm still playing the stainless roundwounds
that it came with and this is one nasty big
bottom chainsaw in the pudding, any flavor.
I can max out the treble and it just keeps
enriching the tone rather than overwhelming
the bottom. Never gets honky. PJ with
reversed P [my favorite].
Would rather have a PU blend knob instead of seperate gain knobs.
Exagerated jazz bass body style combined
with oversize 4-in-line peghead requires
very slightly over-average-size gig bag.
No battery, no sound, strictly active.
For a Pilot bass, this one was expensive.
See below for premium features.
This is like a Custom Shop Pilot compared
to my other two:
Fully bound, very black ebony fretboard
with large incredible abalone inlays on
the same maple one[?] piece neck as on
regular Pilots, comfortable and easy.
Unlike the opaque-painted poplar wood of
normal Pilot bodies this one is tranparent
charcoal[? or black?] over tiger striped
flamed maple. There are no top or back
laminated tiger maplee on this, the whole
body is SOLID tiger stripe flamed [as you
can see the grain follow around the edges
from top to back].
Schaller roller bridge and campact cast
tuning machines, neat roller string tree
for the flat Fender-type headstock.
PJ Bartolini PUs with reversed split-P.
2 gain knobs plus treble and bass, very
active, the bass level can be explosive
and the high end can torture your drivers
[regular Pilots have a 3-knob EMG set up].
I think I'm gonna sell my G&Ls!!Golem
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