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Guild Westerly Collection B-140E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar Natural

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Product Price $799.0
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Guild redefined acoustic bass guitars in the mid-1970s with the introduction of the B-50, based on the ever-popular Guild jumbo shape. The B-140E car...Click To Read More About This Product

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Beautiful jumbo hybrid bass with Fishman Sonicore pickup.

Guild redefined acoustic bass guitars in the mid-1970s with the introduction of the B-50, based on the ever-popular Guild jumbo shape. The B-140E carries on this tradition, providing an impressively loud tone that can be easily amplified with its Fishman Sonitone Bass pickup.

Built with a solid Sitka spruce top, and solid African mahogany back and sides, the B-140E features an Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, NuBone nut and saddle, and mother-of-pearl rosette. This model also has a 1½ nut width on a vintage shaped Guild neck, iconic Chesterfield headstock emblem reminiscent of 1960's Guilds, period-correct tortoiseshell pickguard, and Guild' lightweight polyfoam case. Available in Natural gloss finish.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Jumbo
  • Cutaway: Single cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid African Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Scalloped X
  • Body finish: Natural Gloss Polyurethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: C
  • Nut width: 1.5" (40mm)
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 34"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Neck finish: Natural Gloss Polyurethane
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman
  • Configuration: Soundhole mounted preamp
  • Preamp EQ: No
  • Feedback filter: No
  • Tuner: No
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Guild Die-Cast Closed Gear
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut: NuBone
  • Number of strings: 4-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Polyfoam case
  • Accessories: Truss-rod tool
  • Country of origin: China

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GuildWesterly Collection B-140E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar
 
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5.0

What was I waiting for?

By Tuna 27

from Coventry, CT

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Pros

  • Decent Case
  • Excellent Workmanship
  • Good Volume and Tone Unplugged
  • Great Playability
  • Rich Sound
  • Very Good Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Unplugged Performances

Comments about Guild Westerly Collection B-140E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

I had been considering this Acoustic Bass for a long time. What was I waiting for? Maybe just a good price, but I wish I picked it up long ago because this is a fantastic instrument. Construction appears to be flawless. Careful tuning results in spot-on intonation. The tone is rich and beautiful, even barely broken in, and playability right out of the box is awesome; very sensitive to your approach, and the neck is fast. The full scale neck with 1.5" nut feels like a 'acoustic' Fender Jazz rather than the typical Guild bass (which are short scale). The tone, again not broken in yet, favors midrange over deep bass, but its all there with plenty of presence. It's pretty loud for an acoustic, and plugged in it's another animal. The Fishman system is excellent, with quite a bit of control over gain and tone rendered through the unobtrusive sound hole controls; there is plenty of output and takes well to pedals. The Fishman captures the acoustic tone well, but with enough muscle to drive some real power. The tuners are very precise, smooth and stable. And, I am very happy to add, there is a strap button on the neck heel that doesn't show in the pictures. The strings are excellent.
This is one of the very best Acoustic Bass Guitars I have ever played, and I have played many of the contemporary versions. The only competition I see could be from Martin but at a ridiculously higher price point (definitely play this one before buying the Martin). This is a big guitar, but sits comfortably in my lap. I haven't used it much with a strap yet. While I was never a big fan of soft cases for acoustic instruments, the case is good. There is a big Velcro tab so you can do a temporary lid close without having to keep wrestling with the huge zipper.
Overall: Excellent construction, execution, components, and sonic vision.
The only downside that I can find is that in ten years when the sound will have seasoned to its future stunning richness, I too will be ten years older.

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