Up for sale, a 1976 Guild JS-II Jetstar "JSB2" Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and perfect working order. Originally produced in response to the popularity of the Gibson SG/EB bass of the time, the JS-II bass features dual horn shaped cutaways on a slim solid mahogany body. The Jetstar II was a direct successor to the Jetstar bass, which had a much more extravagant body shape. Being a JS-II, this particular bass boasts dual Guild humbucking pickups (as opposed to the single pickup JS I), which replaced the earlier Hagstrom BiSonic single coil pickups, making for a very smooth and versatile sounding bass. Officially introduced in 1974, this Jetstar features an uncommon subtle sunburst finish that highlights the grain of the mahogany body. Weighing in at 7lbs 12oz, this bass has a warmth and sustain played acoustically that translates well through the pickups, with the neck pickup providing a fat, thumpy punch, and the bridge pickup bringing a surprisingly burpy midrange cut to the table. In all pickup settings, smooth is the name of the game, with a top end that never gets shrill or clanky. Professionally set up here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this bass plays well in all registers with low action, solid intonation, and roundwound strings.
This model was available in both long and short scale versions, this particular bass being the latter, measuring 30 1/2" from nut to saddle. The short scale version seen here features a three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck, with a thick rosewood fretboard. The neck has a substantial V shaped profile that fills out to a chunky C in the higher registers of the fretboard, and the nut is a slender 1 9/16" in width. The rosewood fretboard sports pearloid dot position markers, cream side dots, and 21 original frets which are in fantastic shape. The frets have been leveled in their lifetime, with a wide/flat appearance and light, uniform wear beneath frets 1-7 and no notable wear further up the neck. The truss rod is responsive and the bass plays cleanly in all registers with no untoward buzzes or dead spots. The headstock boasts a pearloid inlaid Guild logo, as well as a set of original chrome Schaller-made tuning machines that turn very smoothly and hold pitch as they should.
All of the original hardware is intact, including the original Guild witch hat knobs with chrome caps and the stock bridge with roller saddles (which is also a Schaller design). Electronically, everything works as it should, with both humbuckers wired to a three-way pickup selector, individual volume and tone knobs for each pickup, and a low cut switch for the neck pickup that does exactly what the name would suggest. The original wiring harness has untouched solder joints, with Stackpole pots that date to the mid-1973, although the Guild badge (visible on the back of the control cavity cover) has the original serial number which conclusively dates the production of this bass to early 1976.
Cosmetically, this bass has its original warm brown sunburst lacquer finish with zero touchup or overspray. The bass is structurally sound with no repairs or serious wear of any kind, and only one notable ding on the body on the back edge near the rear strap button. There are of course some light finish scratches in the pick path and on the back of the bass as well, but overall this bass is quite clean and has been well cared for over the past 40 years.
The original form-fit hardshell case is included.