Guild Westerly Collection B-140E - Natural

Acoustic-electric Bass with Solid Spruce Top, Solid Mahogany Body, Solid Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Fishman Electronics - Natural
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A Full-featured Jumbo Worth More than its Price!

For the gigging acoustic bass guitarist in need of volume and great tone, Guild Guitars offers it's B-140E Jumbo acoustic-electric bass guitar. Adorned with well thought out, and high-end features such as NuBone nut and saddle material and Guild's iconic "Chesterfield" headstock emblem, the B-140E is a beauty of an instrument. The all solid-wood construction and Fishman Sonitone pickup system combine to give you deep, low-end tone whether plugged in or played acoustically. And the Guild B-140E is engineered to play comfortably all night long.

Guild B-140E Jumbo Acoustic-electric Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • High end adornments display the quality of the instrument
  • Discreet Fishman Sonitone pickup system for performing live
  • Engineered for a comfortable playing experience
High end adornments display the quality of the instrument

The Guild B-140E is a high-quality acoustic-electric bass guitar, and carries the features to prove it. Along with the all solid-wood construction for exceptional tone you get the unmistakable look of Guild's vintage-correct "Chesterfield" headstock inlay. Maybe less apparent at first glance, but incredibly noticeable for you, will be the NuBone string nut and saddle for ultimate tone transfer from the strings to the bass's soundboard.

Discreet Fishman Sonitone pickup system for performing live

If a guitar is aiming for greatness, it needs to only use the best components. That's why Guild chose to offer Fishman's Sonitone pickup system in the B-140E. Not only will you be playing with one of the biggest names in the acoustic amplification business, but the design of the Sonitone system is discreet. The controls are accessed via the sound hole, so you won't have a bulky preamp and tone-sucking hole cut into the side of your instrument for the sake of getting a good live sound. Take it from the Sweetwater crew, the Guild B-140E acoustic-electric bass has the playability and tones you need in a gigging bass.

Engineered for a comfortable playing experience

The B-140E is engineered from the ground up to be comfortable and effortless to play. You'll notice the slinky-smooth string action along the 34" scale length, vintage-shaped neck. And the 1.5" nut width spaces the strings wonderfully for being able to play fast bass lines without feeling cramped or having to reach uncomfortably far for your next string.

Guild B-140E Jumbo Acoustic-electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • A nicely appointed and comfortable acoustic-electric bass guitar
  • Jumbo body design for great volume and bass presence
  • All solid-wood construction
  • Vintage-correct pickguard and headstock inlay
  • NuBone string nut and saddle
  • Great live tone with the Fishman Sonitone system
  • Vintage neck profile
  • 1.5" nut width
  • 34" scale length
The Guild B-140E bass offers a ton of value in a great guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Jumbo
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Natural
Body Material Spruce Top/Mahogany back and sides
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.5"
Nut Material NuBone
Bridge Pickup Fishman Sonitone
Strings D'Addario EXPBB170 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Bass, Long Scale, 45-100
Case Included Polyfoam
Manufacturer Part Number 384-5404-821

Customer Reviews

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Comparable to my Guild from the 70's, and then some!

I have owned 3 Taylor guitars over the past 28 years, and I am an un-abashed fan. Their reputation for design and build quality, combined with customer service, is well earned. I play primarily Worship music, but do get out and gig with friends, so we are always comparing notes. At Christmastime this past year, two of my brothers and I performed a holiday concert, all acoustic instruments. We needed a BASS, and since my one brother who is a multi-instrumentalist, wanted to perform on his mandolin, Lap Dulcimer and Taylor Dreadnaught, the lot fell to me to play Bass, which I have dabbled in over the years. I played my brothers borrowed Fender P Bass, and everything went well. Afterwards, I began working with the Pianist at my Church here in Ann Arbor, on working up pieces that alternated between either me on my 814ce, 562ce (Mahogany 12 string), and an Ibanez Mikro Bass, which I ran both with a SansAmp 21, or conversely, through a PreSonus TUBEPre V2 DI into my Paul Jones Bass/pjb Double Four. Unfortunately, I wasn't satisfied with Tone results I was producing. It finally occurred to me that what I was after was an Acoustic Tone. So, after much discussion amongst peers, searching online, I turned To Kyle Malone at Sweetwater, who has been helping me with some many different situations over the past few years, I honestly didn't hesitate to turn to him for assistance once again. At first, I chose a "different" manufactures product on my own, and placed the order. As usual, it was delivered to me in one day's time! Amazing. However, I didn't run it by Kyle, and I was making my decision through my wallet alone. Not usually the best plan, I am afraid. The Bass I ordered was beautiful, but came installed with DR Black strings. It was a very pretty guitar, but there were some build flaws that escaped detection prior to being shipped to me. In addition, I changed the strings over to Martin SP 4800, and amplified, she sounded sweet! However, the guitar itself is a Grand Concert size body, and playing it acoustically didn't make it totally. High register, 2 dimensional and as if I was playing a plastic ukulele! Not Acceptable under any circumstance! So, I rang up Kyle, and we talked about how I was to return it to them, and after discussing what they had on hand, it came down to either a Martin, or this relatively recent Guild B-140E. At first, not having laid hands nor ears on either, and not wanting to go through another exchange, I did what every guitarist does that is lucky enough to afford a Taylor or a Martin, and figured I'd have to make the GIANT STEP up to the Martin. But, I took my time (this time) and started to talk around, and search the internet. It was then that I recalled owning a fabulous 1972 Guild D 12 string! She was a honey and could dust the floor with any of the Gibson's OR Martin's of the day! That was in 1979, and at a point in my life when I chose the love of a woman, over owning multip[le guitars. Needing cash for an engagement ring, The Guild and I parted ways. Being given an opportunity to set things straight, I talked it through with Kyle, and once they received the previous purchase, he shipped the Guild to me, which was a Demo. This makes the second Guitar that I have purchased from Sweetwater as a Demo, and I do NOT Regret either decision! After receiving The Guild the next day, and after allowing it to acclimate in the boxes to my interior temperature, I in-packaged. I have my two Taylor's in my living room with a humidifier running around the clock. I carefully looked it over, felt it's Jumbo body-heft, smelled the sound hole for that distinctive sweet aroma of Mahogany, and admired the fit and finish of this beautiful instrument. Everything about it emminated quality workmanship. The Mother of Pearl Rosette, the contrasting white binding for the sound board off-set by two rows of black-line purfling! The "Westerly" Collection inlay on the headstock along with "GUILD" cresting a Chevron, and the Mother of Pearl Fret dots. I felt at times that I was holding a Taylor. By now I had become pretty antsy to play it, but it still wasn't warmed up. After 5 hours had passed, I started it through it's warm up scales. HOLY COW! What a voice! It boomed without overtones, as I could feel it resonate through the open space between it and my chest! The neck width is nice and fast, again, more similar to a Taylor in that it's narrower than most. The scale length is full, and there wasn't a flat spot to be found after an hour. I put it down to write this review, and have yet to mike it or play it thru the well thought out Fishman Sonitone pick up/pre-amp. I say well thought out because I truly dislike the tendency of some guitar companies of packing a shoe box full of electronics into the side wall of a guitar. Kills the natural tone, no matter what they try to tell you. I will amp it later tonight, and post a second comment. However, based on it's acoustic response, comfort, craftsmanship and tonal projection, I have found my Bass, HANDS Down. There's a YouTube clip playing the Guitar miked, and possibly amped by someone who has more nimble hands than I do at my age, but I got not only what I wanted, but what I needed, from Sweetwater, via Kyle Malone! I have a set of Martin SP4800's waiting to install, but I am going to play it for a few weeks with this set of D'Addario's as they don't appear to be obnoxious to me. Thank You Guild, for the resurgence and commitment to Quality instruments. And Thank You Sweetwater for the service, support and competitive prices. Thank you, once again, Kyle Malone for putting the right instrument in my hands, saving me a 2.5 hour drive to Fort Wayne. I can honestly say that I have come to rely upon your service and wisdom.
Music background: 46 (+) years of daily instrumental experience

Bad to the bone guitar!

I've been playing an acoustic bass that will remain nameless and is a good playing and sounding "Quilted Ash" guitar. I have been wanting to upgrade for several months but I didn't want to break the bank. I own a Guild D-25N I bought new back in the mid 70's and it's been the best guitar anyone could ask for. Even though the B-140E is made off shore it's specs were at the top of the list so I pulled the plug and ordered it. I feel I made the right choice because when I took it out of the box I was awe stuck at the quality, fit, and finish. I couldn't wait to plug it in and see if I made a good decision. WOW! It plays like butter and sounds awesome. I played around with my Ampeg and got tones from it that sounded like and acoustic bass to it sounding like an upright. Playing unplugged was just as awesome. The nameless "Quilted Ash" bass dose not come close to sound, tone, and projection of the Guild. There is only one small issue but it will be a reminder to change strings; the battery is inside the guitar body and the strings have to be taken off to change it. I have large hands and this is a little cumbersome for me, however, Fishman says the battery is good for about 100 hour of play time which should be just about the same time for new strings. Win Win!
Music background: Church Worship Team bass guitar, sound tech. Playing for about 45 years.

Guild Westerly 140E

This is a great guitar, has a great sound. It comes with a case too!
Music background: Teacher/Musician

Looking for an affordable but great acoustic bass? This is it.

Got this for bluegrass & acoustic sets. Wanted acousric only volume loud enough to cut through a banjo & fiddle, & occasional guitar- this big boy does that & you don't have to overpick. Just play & the thing resonates well enough. Plugged in sounds great too. IAlthough the factory strings are bright & balanced, I'm looking for more of a stand up sound, so I'm looking for the right flatwound or tape wrapped strings. I also don't like the string squeaks from the roundwoubds on the acoustic, but that's a personal thing. The bass is great & you can't beat the price. Skylar got it out to me overnight as I asked, so get it from Sweetwater.

A Great Acoustic Sound

Initially purchased a Kala U Bass. Nice sounding Bass, however due to a fret Buzz I returned it, and upgraded to a Guild Westerly Collection B-140E. First, the Guild Bass comes with a nice case, with the Guild logo. The sound is rich and vibrant. The electronics is fabulous. So glad Adam Chesi, at Sweetwater, encouraged me to go with Guild. The truth be told, I am teaching myself to play bass via books and videos. An old guy who has wanted to play bass for a long time. A new path with a fine guitar.
See also: Guild, Guild Acoustic Basses