Guild M-85 - Black

4-string Semi-hollowbody Bass with Laminated Spruce Top, Laminated Maple Back and Sides, 3-pc Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 1 Single-coil Pickup - Black
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Weight: 8lbs 3oz
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You're looking at Serial KSG1402301
Weight: 8lbs 3oz
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Classic Semi-hollow Bass Action!

Back in the mid '60s, Guild produced a popular semi-hollow bass equivalent of the M-75 Aristocrat electric guitar. This Newark St. Collection M-85 bass give you a chance to own one of these legendary instruments, without scouring pawn shops or paying exorbitant collector's fees. True to the original, the M-85 bass offers you the comfort and convenience of an undersized body that delivers the punch and balanced mids of a laminated maple back and sides topped with laminated spruce. Rosewood string saddles and a bone nut contribute to its bold and woody tone, and you'll be blown away by the boom and punch of the M-85's Bi-sonic single-coil pickup.

Guild M-85 Semi-hollowbody Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Short scale neck for tonal magic
  • Thinline semi-hollowbody for comfortable playing and rich tone
  • Bi-sonic bass pickup delivers full-sized boom and punch
Short scale neck for tonal magic

Of course the short (30.75") scale length of the M-85 bass makes it easier to navigate the fretboard, and is perfect for beginners and players with smaller hands. But did you know that the scale length of a guitar or bass has a direct impact on its tone? The harmonics your bass guitar generates are spaced along the strings based on the length of the strings - shorter strings mean the harmonics are packed in tighter, giving any note you play more harmonic richness than a longer scale would. Just plug the M-85 bass into your amplifier and you'll see what we mean, as notes come alive and punch through the mix, without becoming overbearing.

Thinline semi-hollowbody for comfortable playing and rich tone

Try as you may, you just can't get the same vibrant, overtone-rich sound of a hollowbody bass with a traditional solidbody. At the same time, even those of us at Sweetwater who love the hollowbody sound tend to think of hollowbody or semi-hollow basses as a bit clunky. That's why we're so delighted by the M-85. But instead of producing a bulky instrument, Guild gave the M-85 a thinline body style that gives you the woody thump of a hollow instrument, but with the easy-playing comfort you'd normally expect from a traditional solidbody bass.

Bi-sonic bass pickup delivers full-sized boom and punch

Here's where the small size of the Guild M-85 bass comes into play. This vintage-style single-coil pickup delivers the kind of massive low-end punch you'd expect from an instrument twice as big as this undersized axe. And thanks to a very streamlined set of controls (a single tone knob in addition to the volume knob), you'll be impressed by the range of tone you can get from your M-85.

Guild M-85 Semi-hollowbody Bass Guitar Features:
  • Thinline semi-hollowbody based based on the '60s Guild M-85
  • Bi-sonic single-coil pickup serves up rich, vintage-style tone
  • Short-scale neck is fast and easy to play and offers harmonic-rich tone
  • Laminated maple back and sides add serious low-end punch
  • Laminated spruce top mellows out your highs and weathers like a champ
  • 3-piece mahogany neck feels fantastic and ensures for long-term playability
  • Grover Sta-Tite tuners give you excellent tuning stability
  • Hardshell case included
Create unmistakeable tone with the Guild M-85 bass!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape M-85
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Black
Body Material Laminated Spruce (Top), Laminated Maple (Back, Sides)
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material 3-Piece Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage Soft "U"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 30.75"
Nut Width 1.5"
Bridge/Tailpiece Guild Adjustable Bass Bridge with Rosewood Saddles
Tuners Grover Vintage 142 series
Number of Pickups 1
Bridge Pickup Guild BS-1 BiSonic Bass
Controls 1 x master volume, 1 x master tone
Strings D'Addario EXL165 Nickel Wound Bass, Custom Light, (.045-.105 Gauges)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 379-1100-806

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M-85 Guild Bass Guitar

What a beautiful guitar. This really has that vintage sound of the 60's. It has that deep bass sound I have been looking for. I have four other basses, and have been playing bass since 1967, and I have to say this is one of the finest sounding basses I have ever heard. Besides the quality of this bass, my sales engineer and shipping came through as always on top. Thank you Sweetwater and Patrick Dennis.
Music background: Playing Bass guitar for 48 years.

M-85 Bass

Beautiful bass to look at. Good tone. Unfortunately, this bass is not balanced correctly. The neck tends to dive when both hands are removed from the bass. I had high hopes but had to return this to Sweetwater for a refund. BTW, Sweetwater provided me with great service and made the return easy.
See also: Guild, Guild 4-string Bass Guitars