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Guild Starfire opinions?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by fakeocaster, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. fakeocaster

    fakeocaster Tele-Afflicted

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    I see Guild are reissuing these.

    Ive never had a chance to play one. From the suggested price I take it that there a step above the Epiphone Sheraton I have now?

    How do they compare to a 335 say?
     
  2. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I have played two that were made in the 60's.
    They SMOKED!

    If the re-issue is half as good as the original, it is a very good guitar.

    It is not a 335.
    Has its own kind of cool.
     
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    i got a beat to hell 1964 Starfire III over 30 years ago.
    sounds great but the fingerboard was so wore out it hurt to play it.
    i only made it worse by giging alot with it.

    i played the first reissues and to my eye and ear they were built way better than mine and everything looked and sounded right.
    mine sounds great ,tho.

    i play it one a year when we do a Chuck Berry Bday party in Ft Wayne.
    here's a clip
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J2d1i11N00
     
  4. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    The Starfires shaped like a 335 are the IV and subsequent models. The re-issue is a Starfire III. Think Gibson ES-125 TDC or Epiphone Sorrento.

    Mojo Nixon's weapon of choice.
     
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    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    I had three starfire IV's of various vintages between the late 70's and mid 80's. Excellent guitars. One in particular I wish I would have never sold. I'd love to have another one someday.
     
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    Got a late Corona built sunburst USA Guild Starfire IV and it is a great guitar a really class instrument and no mistake....can't go wrong with a Guild.
     
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    But are they reissuing the Starfire bass?
     
  10. Bernie

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    I don't know from Starfire basses, but it looks like it...

    Starfire Bass
     
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    mad dog Friend of Leo's

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    If you're talking the SF IV, V, or VI - the semihollow starfires made from the 60s up to the early 2000s, any and all beat a Korean made Epiphone Sheraton. US made vintage Sheratone, that's a whole different deal.

    I'm not referring to the latest wave of Guilds. The Westerly and Corona built Starfires are high end instruments, different in some ways (such as neck feel, size and p/u choice) to the same models, vintage, but just as good, maybe even better in some ways depending on your point of view.

    I owned a '75 Starfire VI, their high end semi-hollow - ebony board, gold hardware, more like an ES-355 than and ES-335. Extremely good guitar, and very different from my '66 ES-335. Heavier for one thing. A different flavor of thinline semi-hollow, just as good as the old Gibsons and not quite the same at all.

    I have not played the later Guild SF IV, but do own a Corona made Starfire III with P-90s. Got it used. It's the quality and consistency I've always looked for in other high end brands, and haven't often found.
    MD
     
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  12. valiant

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    mad dog.....not the Corona made Starfire III with P-90's....fully hollow single cut-away with Seymour Duncan antiquity P-90's and a bigsby.....more rocking than Gretsch and who needs a 330 Casino....would sure love one of them one day....what colour/any pics?
     
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    Almost every older Starfire (60's and 70's) needs a neck reset, but they are great guitars other than that.
     
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    I like the sound of Guild's humbucking pickups.
    They sound like gibson mini humbuckers, clear and full, but slightly
    brighter than Gibson PAF styles.
     
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    I used to own a mid-60's Starfire IV. Great guitar. I played it straight into a Fender Super Reverb for many years. I literally wore-out that guitar.

    The new Starfire series, from what I've seen, is modeled more after a 335. The body shape is more like Gibson than Guild. I did own a USA Starfire so I know what these are like. I also owned a DeArmond reissue which, if not for the pickups, looked pretty close to the original Guild. My Starfire had the harp tailpiece and a Gibson style stop tailpiece will provide a very different string tension. I used 11's on my Guild.
     
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    I would look for an old one. Guild is now owned by FMIC and if what they have done to Fender and Gretsch is any indication of how the Guilds will be I would run away.

    Plus Guild guitars are very cool but are not uber expensive on the used market.
     
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    dannew02 Friend of Leo's

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    Any NEW Gretsch is better than 75% of vintage ones, other than the oldest $$$$$$ ones. The newest ones are really well built and very very consistent too. The vintage ones are a c**p-shoot at best, and this is coming from a total Gretsch-o-phile who's owned a couple. The Guilds are built in the same place as the Gretsches and I would bet they are just as nice.

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    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    Where are the Guild electrics being made now?
     
  19. valiant

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    For all your Guild wants and needs check out the Guild community at "Letstalkguild"
     
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    I have an old t-50 which is similar to a star fire but has only one single coil and is mahogany.

    The star fires are a bit different than a 335 bc they are fully hollow. Star fires are more comparable to a Gibson 330 which is a 335 shape but fully hollow (grant green was a 330 player and Gibson just reissued them so poke around YouTube and you'll see em). The pickups in the star fires make a pretty big difference as well.

    Throw up some questions on the guild forum and you'll find ppl w a lot of info, hope this helps a little.

    -Corey
     

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