NGD: 1964 Guild

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by theJam, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. theJam

    theJam TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    17
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2018
    Location:
    Illinois
    6E6C4FEB-4563-4EFB-9101-3F8F6C170286.jpeg
    I took a trip to my local vintage guitar store(Killer Vintage) this afternoon & took home this beautiful 64 Guild Starfire 3. I noticed the price tag was pretty low so I inquired about it. It had a headstock crack a while ago but that didn’t stop me from taking a test drive.
    509B960B-6AF6-4AD2-AE27-8A83C9296F2E.jpeg
    I was a little unsure of how the pickups would sound cause I’d never played one before, turns out they’re awesome! Great clean tone for finger picking and handles a fuzz pedal surprisingly well. It plays super smooth too. Frets are in pretty good shape all things considered. It doesn’t really come through on the pictures but the finish is gorgeous.

    Listed $1200, walked off with it for $1050. Plus it came with it’s original case. A pretty smokin deal if you ask me ;). Now I can really nail the Dave Davies look

    34C76BE4-0FED-494D-B5A5-0CF926B05CD1.jpeg 55E486C5-3A0C-4B08-AADF-B5F66AAD2FB7.jpeg
     
    Zepfan, umasstele, JMac52 and 16 others like this.
  2. Muinarc

    Muinarc Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    228
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2018
    Location:
    Arizona
    Nice guitar! Always nice to see others appreciating an old Guild.
     
  3. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    23,351
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Fort Collins, CO
    FWIW, Jerry Garcia played one of those in the early years of the Grateful Dead. His had a Bigsby. It's all over their first album.

    GD Grateful Dead Watts Acid Test.png
     
  4. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Age:
    62
    Posts:
    64,025
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    Cool!
    I’ve never had one of those, but was always curious about them.
    Enjoy!
     
    Greggorios likes this.
  5. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    19,430
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Location:
    Detroit
    87C9516B-39C4-4AB0-9C81-E48F3EC97CB3.jpeg
    That’s why I got mine.

    Congrats ! They’re great .

    If I were an “actually...” person , I’d say “Well actually it’s a Gigsby , not a Bigsby...”
     
  6. Greggorios

    Greggorios Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    1,853
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Location:
    Patterson, NY
    Congrats. I love old Guilds. Very underappreciated. Had one about 40 years ago. Enjoy.;)
     
  7. Artslap

    Artslap Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Posts:
    1,020
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2014
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    Killer case!
     
    Mike Eskimo likes this.
  8. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    9,825
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    Mid-Michigan
    That’s a cool Guild!
     
  9. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,818
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2011
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    Congrats. Those are some of my favorite guitars ever made (though I prefer the single-coil versions, the T-100Ds). I hunted them for years, and finally stopped a few years ago when I found "the one," a '68 T-100D for $700 with a case.

    Is there any evidence that the tailpiece is not original? It's outfitted like a typical Starfire II, not III. The II had a regular tailpiece. The III had a Guild Bigsby and a maple top. Weird that the factory label says III, yet it has the features of a II.

    The guard does not appear to be original. It should be a stair-step guard in '64.. However, it is the first year of the stair-step guard, so it could be a fluke. That said, the serial number is not necessarily from early in the year, so that "fluke" would be quite flukey indeed.

    Not so sure about the case being original either. It's an oldie, but it doesn't look like a Guild case.

    You probably got a good amount of guitar for the money, but not a "smoking deal" compared to going value, given the headstock break.

    I'd still be happy as a clam. Play it in good health.
     
    dan1952 likes this.
  10. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,126
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2014
    Location:
    South London UK
    Love it. Very few in the UK. I have a Guild acoustic and wouldn't love to have a Guild thinline with Gigsby
     
  11. stefanhotrod

    stefanhotrod Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    402
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2016
    Location:
    germany
    Very cool, Guilds are great guitars.
     
  12. Brian J.

    Brian J. Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,052
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Location:
    pennsylvania
    that's awesome
     
  13. rocking rooster

    rocking rooster Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    486
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Location:
    Somerset UK
    A bass player I worked with some years ago had a Starfire 3 (also 1964) and it was gorgeous. He'd bought it from someone who played in the house band on a cruise ship and unfortunately he didn't have a guitar stand and would prop the Guild against his amp or a chair. As ships tend to rattle about a bit in bad weather there was several impact dents up the back of the neck which kind of spoiled the playing experience.
    We often debated ways of correcting the damage but as far as I know he still has the Guild and it still has dents on the back of the neck.
     
  14. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    66
    Posts:
    4,222
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Location:
    Anderson, IN
    Cool guitar. Not a killer deal for one with a broken neck, but still a neat guitar. Congrats!
     
  15. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    5,993
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2004
    Location:
    central ky
    very, very nice!
     
  16. SubDoc

    SubDoc Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    136
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2014
    Location:
    Washington state
    Neil Giraldo plays a SFIII now days. AND sounds great!
     
  17. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,196
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    Location:
    USA
    What a nice find! Saving money on a solid repair is great. Scarred guitars need love too.
     
  18. mad dog

    mad dog Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,161
    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2005
    Location:
    Montclair, NJ
    Beautiful guitar. Love these old Guilds!
     
  19. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    32,871
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Lubbock, TX
    Congratulations. One drawback, unless you like a wound G string, is that the bridge is compensated for a wound G string. A plain G’s intonation will be quite sharp.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.