The Guild 302A , a unique vintage bass.
This Guild 302A bass was brought into the workshop with a split in it’s headstock. This presented a fairly routine repair. It was to be a visible fix because of budgetary constraints.
During the course of the repair it was decided that the existing Badass bridge should be removed and an original BT-4 bridge be installed. The chances of finding a BT-4 were fairly remote and the original for this bass had been lost several years ago. However, with much internet searching and to the great surprise and delight of the owner a second hand BT-4 was located for sale in the U.S.
On receipt of the new BT-4, the Badass bridge was removed and the old style bridge installed. The frets were polished and fingerboard cleaned. All the electrical components were overhauled and cleaned. The bass was fitted with new Rotosound strings, the truss rod adjusted and the string spacing and intonation set.
What resulted was a unique vintage guitar restored to it’s former glory.
Apparently only 500 of these basses were ever produced.
Spec for B-302A
Neck: Set 3-piece maple, with 20 fret rosewood fingerboard
Scale: 34 inch
Overall length: 46 1/4″
Width at nut: 1 5/8″
Electronics/pickups: Two Guild single coil bass pickups, two volume and two tone controls, selector switch
Hardware: BT-4 bridge