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Viellecorvidae
07-31-2010, 09:56 PM
I was wondering if someone could help me with an ID on this Pilot. There is no serial and it has A Badass bridge that looks like it was put in originally and early SD active pickups (w/ the wee toggleswitches). Were there any prototypes or does anyone recognize the build?

Pictures are here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/AI ... directlink (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/AIy3_zgWDUKpJRMef1oNnQ?feat=directlink)

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/dq ... directlink (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/dq7Fw4ahyfRAy8T0gNjihw?feat=directlink)

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Yc ... directlink (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YcBzf2OGnwtf594FXSNg8A?feat=directlink)

Thanks. I got into this mess by not buying a B-302 fretless 20 yrs ago and am still regretting it.
This is one way I'm trying to fix it.

Dan

fronobulax
07-31-2010, 10:47 PM
Welcome. I can't help you on the ID. Pilots are a little later than the time I know best. Grot (http://www.guildsofgrot.com/) and krysh (http://www.krysh.com/) both know Pilots very well and I'm sure they will be along soon.

The triangular fret markers are also unusual.

krysh
07-31-2010, 10:57 PM
welcome dan,
as far as I can see it is a late 80's model. but probably with replacent parts.
everything is possible with guild, but I doubt the badass and the sd's are original and I believe it might be a refin.

Viellecorvidae
08-01-2010, 06:40 AM
Hi Krysh and Fronobulax and thanks for the welcome. I'm wondering about the refinish and replacement aspect myself, especially with the wood back panel. However, I can find absolutely no trace of a serial anywhere on the beastie and no evidence of a refit for the bridge. Not having had one of these in my hands for well over a decade, were the numbers stamped, printed and where exactly are they? I've also noticed the triangle inlay on some of the pictures I've seen, but haven't been able to get a good answer for myself on what models they existed on. Nice piece of maple, too. Beautiful flaming.

Thanks,

krysh
08-01-2010, 09:01 AM
Hi Krysh and Fronobulax and thanks for the welcome. I'm wondering about the refinish and replacement aspect myself, especially with the wood back panel. However, I can find absolutely no trace of a serial anywhere on the beastie and no evidence of a refit for the bridge. Not having had one of these in my hands for well over a decade, were the numbers stamped, printed and where exactly are they? I've also noticed the triangle inlay on some of the pictures I've seen, but haven't been able to get a good answer for myself on what models they existed on. Nice piece of maple, too. Beautiful flaming.

Thanks,

yeah, beautiful piece of wood. the ser.-no. usually was stamped on the back of the head.

dapmdave
08-01-2010, 02:57 PM
Hi Krysh and Fronobulax and thanks for the welcome. I'm wondering about the refinish and replacement aspect myself, especially with the wood back panel. However, I can find absolutely no trace of a serial anywhere on the beastie and no evidence of a refit for the bridge. Not having had one of these in my hands for well over a decade, were the numbers stamped, printed and where exactly are they? I've also noticed the triangle inlay on some of the pictures I've seen, but haven't been able to get a good answer for myself on what models they existed on. Nice piece of maple, too. Beautiful flaming.

Thanks,

yeah, beautiful piece of wood. the ser.-no. usually was stamped on the back of the head.

Interesting. Even a refin would not remove the serial number completely, would it? Maybe someone at the factory made this for their own use. I know that employees did this sort of thing.

Dave :D

krysh
08-01-2010, 03:22 PM
right dave, this makes sense, especially because of the high grade neck with flame and good looking bodywood.