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Semi-hollow.  The Chris Hillman Signature Byrds Bass is Guild’s latest limited edition model, in celebration of the Byrds’ 50thAnniversary. Faithful to the original Guild Starfire Bass used by Hillman on recordings like “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, “Eight Miles High” and “The Times They are A Changing”, this new “Byrds Bass” features a semi-hollow all-maple body, rosewood fingerboard, three piece mahogany neck, and single BS-1 BiSonic pickup.

The Byrds Bass features the Byrds’ logo inlaid in the 12th fret, Hillman’s signature on the truss rod cover, and a vintage sunburst finish that matches his original. Another feature that was integral to Hillman’s sound was the use of flat wound strings, which were the industry standard  in the 1960s, and remain Hillman’s preferred choice for their mellow, smooth tone. Every Byrds Bass includes D’Addario flat wound strings, a hardshell case, and a numbered certificate of authenticity personally signed by Chris Hillman. I loved being in The Byrds,” Hillman said. “My Guild Starfire was an integral part of the sound we created.”

Body Construction Semi-Hollowbody
Body Top Arched Laminated Maple
Body Back Arched Laminated Maple
Body Sides Laminated Maple
Body Shape Starfire™ Bass
Bracing Center Block
Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Body Depth Upper Bout 1 3/4″ (44 mm)
Body Depth Lower Bout 1 3/4″ (44 mm)
Body Length 18 1/4″ (464 mm)
Body Width Lower Bout 16 3/8″ (416 mm)
Body Width Upper Bout 11 5/8″ (295 mm)
Overall Guitar Length 46″ (1168 mm)
Guitar Weight 8.5 lbs
Body Binding Ivory White with Black/White Purfling
Purfling Black/Ivory White
Soundhole/F-Holes Binding Unbound F Holes
Neck Material 3-Piece Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage Soft “U”
Neck Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Scale Length 30 3/4″ (781 mm)
Nut Width 1 1/2″ (38.1 mm)
Nut Material Bone
Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 12″ (305 mm)
Fingerboard Inlays Pearloid Dot with Byrds 12th fret inlay
# of Frets 21
Fret Size Narrow Jumbo
Tuning Machines Grover® Vintage 142 Series
Hardware Finish/Plating Nickel Plated
Truss Rod Dual-Action
Truss Rod Wrench 7mm Hex Truss Rod Wrench
Bridge Guild® Adjustable Bass Bridge with Rosewood Saddles
Strings D’Addario® ECB81 Flat Wound Bass, Light, 45-100
Case or Gig Bag TKL Deluxe Hardshell
Bridge Pickup Guild® BS-1 BiSonic Bass
Pickup Configuration S
Control Knobs Black Plastic
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone
Strap Buttons Vintage-Style
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