1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Guild Starfire I

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by blowtorch, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    38,042
    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wisco
    So Guild is making these again
    [​IMG]




    I already do have this very similar Dearmond Starfire Special- and I love it- but it's HEAVY.

    [​IMG]

    These new Guilds are 6.6 lbs, the Dearmond is over 9 lbs. When you gig it, your shoulder knows it.

    I am tempted to grab one of these new Guilds.
    There are also these:

    But I find the headstock a little goofy, and, while P-90s are the shiznit,...there are times when playing you wish you had something other than P90s. The first one posted has splittable buckers, and usually that idea is a travesty, but I think they happen to sound pretty good in that clip, and would make for a pretty versatile-sounding axe
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2021
  2. naveed211

    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,316
    Joined:
    May 16, 2009
    Location:
    Iowa
    Those DeArmond Starfires are really nice for the price, mine was a boat anchor too though. Kind of a different thing from the import Guilds. I found the DeArmond to be ballsier and thicker sounding (Akin to a 90s Guild, really).

    They’re kinda going for a more classic vintage type vibe with the newer imports. I haven’t tried the latest, but I’ve preferred the DeArmond over every import Guild, personally.
     
    crazydave911, johnny7 and blowtorch like this.
  3. stormsedge

    stormsedge Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,401
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Location:
    E. Tennessee, USA
    Do it:D!
     
    blowtorch likes this.
  4. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    8,153
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2012
    Location:
    London, UK
    I love Guilds. If I wasn't already guitarred to the gills I would be all over that P90 one.
     
  5. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    38,042
    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wisco
    That is some valuable input, thanks
    I have a Guild import acoustic-electric (that plays incredibly and sounds only alrite) and my Dearmond, that's as close to any direct experience as I have
     
    crazydave911 and naveed211 like this.
  6. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    11,580
    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2014
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Not buying one until they actually use their own "Dynasonics".
     
    crazydave911, glenlivet and blowtorch like this.
  7. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,530
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2015
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I like what guild is making now, at least in theory, but I haven't heard good things about quality. I need to hear them.
     
    7171551, crazydave911 and blowtorch like this.
  8. sixstringbastard

    sixstringbastard Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,902
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2003
    Location:
    Pittsburgh PA
    I've had my eye on the Guild Starfire I Jet 90 for a few months now. It's on the list.
     
  9. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    38,042
    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wisco
    Yeah they are super cool in their own right for sure
     
  10. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,309
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2018
    Location:
    Marco.......Polo......
    Yea...I've been lusting after one of the new ones. If nothing else...they look pretty.
    I was thinking that if the pickups sucked, Gabajo would be the way to go....
     
    crazydave911 likes this.
  11. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    38,042
    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wisco
    I have (bucker-sized) GFS Surf90s in a big sky-blue fully hollow archtop
    [​IMG]
    They compare very favorably to the Dearmond 2Ks in my Starfire Special

    But those stock Guild splittable bucker don't sound bad, on that clip
     
    crazydave911 and BorderRadio like this.
  12. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    38,042
    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wisco
    I have come to realize over the years that as much as I love full- size and full- depth archtop semis and hollows...thinlines are really more the way to go, for live applications
     
  13. johnny7

    johnny7 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    297
    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Location:
    Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
    I was at a music store and picked up to play the new Guilds however I was not impressed enough to say that they are better than my Dearmonds. I own four (Starfire II and III, X155 and a M75 BlueBird) and I they are great guitars and yes they are a bit on the heavy side. The problem with the Dearmonds is that Fender only made them for about three years as Fender owned Guild at the time.
     
    Greggorios and crazydave911 like this.
  14. Zepfan

    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    10,774
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Location:
    Horn Lake, MS
    I think the split-able HB's sound better in a hollow/semi hollow body guitar.
     
    crazydave911 and blowtorch like this.
  15. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    38,042
    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wisco
    I really wish there was one around to check out in person
     
  16. jack.plugg

    jack.plugg Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    582
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2003
    Guild Starfire 1SC. Antique Sunburst finish.

    Mine arrived yesterday and I used it this morning to make this video clip of a new song I'm working on; (so new in fact, that I got my own lyrics a bit garbled up, but there you go). The song is called, "Every Once In a While".

    Its a lovely guitar by the way...

     
  17. stormsedge

    stormsedge Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,401
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Location:
    E. Tennessee, USA
    Excellent! Love it. Purdy guitar, too:).
     
    jack.plugg likes this.
  18. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,279
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2011
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    The current Guilds cost about double what their quality level calls for. The old ones from the '60s, or hell, even the '90s, are incredibly reasonable for the high quality level. You'll do far better with one of them, in terms of bang for the buck, plus you'll be able to sell it for more than you paid for it, down the road when you have arthritis.
     
    Greggorios likes this.
  19. arlum

    arlum Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    Age:
    66
    Posts:
    739
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2018
    Location:
    O'Fallon, MO
    I remember lusting over Guild when my wallet only allowed for DeArmond. I swear ..... the DeArmond, (Guilds Epiphone), were better back then than the Guilds offered today. The pickups always spoke for themself and were wonderful. Vintage DeArmond guitars sounded great but lacked attention to detail in the body build. Today's Guild offerings are one step below vintage DeArmond.
     
  20. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

    Age:
    40
    Posts:
    443
    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2017
    Location:
    Washington
    Are these part of the Newark St. line up? I had a couple Starfire Vs a few years ago. Didn't love the pickups but the guitar was solid. Very comfortable neck. Not worth what they go for new, but finding them at a good used price, they're very nice guitars
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.