NGD - Rare Squier Starfire (flame and birdseye content)

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by ric4682, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. ric4682

    ric4682 TDPRI Member

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    I popped into my local mom and pop shop while visiting my parents for Easter break to see if they had anything interesting stuff. I saw this beautiful lady tucked away in the corner. I had the guy at the shop test it out for me since I’m currently healing from a recent hand injury (torn thumb ligament on my left hand) and it sounded good. The neck felt nice as well.

    Fit and finish are excellent and it’s in great shape for being a 15-ish year old guitar. There’s some subtle Birdseye on the front by the controls and some surprising Birdseye/quilting on the back as well as a noticeable flame throughout the entire neck! They were definitely using some nice maple on this guitar. I got the guitar and a soft case for $280 out the door. I think I did pretty good.

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  2. brookdalebill

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    Very Nice!
     
  3. oldfish

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    nice looking guitar you got there is it the same size as a 335
     
  4. PJ55

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    Thats a great deal and a nice guitar!
     
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    Nice find.
     
  6. ric4682

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    It’s about the same size. The shape is basically a Guild/DeArmond Starfire since they put these out right after Fender acquired Guild in the 90’s.
     
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    Cool. There are some great Fender/Squier "24 series" guitars out there, including full solid mahogany flame top LP types.
    Is that one Fender scale or 24.75?
     
  8. ric4682

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    For sure, this is a chapter of Fender/Squier history that I didn’t really know about. I’ll have to check those out too.
    I don’t know for sure, but it feels shorter than fender judging by the tension.
     
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  9. ric4682

    ric4682 TDPRI Member

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    What do you guys recommend for pickups in your semi-hollows? I generally like lower output pups with plenty of mids and harmonics. Think David Grissom/Robben Ford “bloom”
     
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    I've never seen one of those. Really nice. Must have been issued when Fender owned Guild.
     
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    Here's a 24 series (24.75 scale). Pretty much a Guild Blues bird from the 90's when Fender owned them. I messed with the pickup as I don't like HB's much. Originally had two standard size HB's. Solid mahogany body and neck with flame maple top. I put the funky Fender knobs on too. Ewe!
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  12. 5595bassman

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    Happy NGD! Nice deal!

    I bought mine used in 2013 for Can $350.00, no case. Made in Korea in 2002 by Cort ( S/N on top of headstock's back starts with KC02...).

    Mine has some differences with yours : Neck has a scarf jointed headstock. Pickups are Duncan Design.

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    There his one like mine on eBay from a shop in Nashville for US $575.00 HSC included.

    Edit : I just noticed your's also has the scarf joint.
     
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  13. ric4682

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    Nice! I love me some mini hums though I don’t own anything with any. I love the look of that guitar!

    Nice! The pickups on mine are the stock Duncan Designed. Are yours stock?
     
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    Yes! I do not think those on the OP are original though or chrome covers were added.

    Here are the specs ( found on an eBay ad):

     Model Name: Starfire Model #: 034-2000-(Color#)

     Series: Series 24

     Color: (521) Natural, Crimson Transparent (538), (High Gloss)

     Body: Semi-Hollow Maple with “F” Holes

     Neck: Maple, Set Neck, (.082") Thick at 1st Fret, (.088") Thick at 12th Fret

     Number of Frets: 22

     Fret Size: Jumbo Nickel Silver

     Fretboard Radius: 12" Radius (305mm)

     Fretboard Material: Rosewood

     Nut Width: 1.6875”

     Scale Length: 24.625”

     Pickup Configuration: H/H

     Pickups: Seymour-Duncan designed Humbucking pickups

     Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Pos 1. Bridge Pickup, Pos 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Pos 3. Neck Pickup

     Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)

     Hardware: Chrome

     Tuners: Cast/Sealed Tuners

     Bridge: Tune-o-matic Bridge with Stop Tailpiece

     Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black

     Unique Features: Double Cutaway, Dot Inlays, Set Neck, Abalone/Mother of Pearl Headstock Inlay, 4-Ply Black/Ivory Binding on Body Top and Back, Bound Neck, Side Mounted Jack

     MSRP: $998.99

     Country of Origin: Korea
     
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    Noice!!

    I'm pretty sure that pillow behind it is one I bought for my mother for her birthday.
     
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    Haha that’s awesome. Definitely a pillow for moms.
     
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    Super cool !
     
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    I like PAF clones the best. Duncan 59 is my go-to.
     
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    My favorite, for those kinds of mids are Seth Lovers.
     
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    Those are beautiful. $280! You bank robber!

    Congratulations.
     
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