Guild Pilot Fretless Reviews
I tripped over it. It was in its opened
hard case on the floor [at Daddys Junky]
where it was left by a customer who was
upset that his low-ball offer was refused.
I asked about price, and for $230 [!!!!!]
I bought it in a hurry before the previous
almost-owner could come to his senses and
return for it. NO REGRETS !
It's got EMG PJs, Grover tuners, Schaller
bridge with adjustable spacing, dark rose
wood or maybe ebony neck, thin and easy to
play, unknown body wood [opaque finish] but
very light on the shoulder and no neck dive.
Sound ? Big dark and mellow. Sounds very
much like my '82 GL 2000e fretless. I've
played them back to back and it's hard to
choose between them.
It has an extremely offset body shape [see
Dearmond pilot, a copy] like a spaced out
jazz body. It's not ugly, but for various
practical reasons I like a symetrical shape
to the butt end of a bass.
Much was described above. Other details
are: bolt-on neck, VVT 3-knob controls,
4-in-line [but fairly compact] peg head,
and it's USA built [mid 80's I think].
The bridge casting has a slight patina and
mild pitting after 20yrs [+/-]. The jack and pots appear original and work perfectly
on a bass with obvious signs of use.
Very lightweight but with the sound of my
10 pound GnL, and for less than 1/2 the sheckels ? We have a clear winner here.
I like it so well that I have located its
fretted sister. The pair will not be too
heavey a load in my double gig bag.golem
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