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Guild Starfire III Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar with Guild Vibrato Tailpiece

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Guild’s Starfire III is equipped with features of extra advantage to the rock ‘n’ roll guitarist who seeks a combination of flashy appearance and ext...Click To Read More About This Product

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Straight-shooting vintage vibe with dual "Anti-Hum" pickups and Guild Vibrato Tailpiece.

Guild’s Starfire III is equipped with features of extra advantage to the rock ‘n’ roll guitarist who seeks a combination of flashy appearance and extraordinary tonal possibilities. Stellar features are all here, including the extra-thin hollow body, graceful single Florentine cutaway and brilliant finish. The welcome return of a rocking early-’60s favorite with a personality all its own. Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Hollow body
Body material: Laminated
Top wood: Arched Mahogany
Body wood: Arched Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss Urethane
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Soft vintage U
Neck wood: 1-piece Mahogany
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75 in.
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 9.5 in.
Fret size: Jumbo
Number of frets: 20
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.65 in. (42 mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: "Anti-Hum" Dual-Coil
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: "Anti-Hum" Dual-Coil
Brand: Guild 
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Not applicable
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: Adjusto-matic
Tailpiece: Guild Vibrato Tailpiece
Tuning machines: Grover Sta-Tite
Color: Nickel
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Electronics, Body finish
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: None
Country of origin: South Korea

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SPECIFICATIONS
Body
Body Material: Laminated Mahogany
Body Shape: Starfire III
Body Back: Arched Laminated Mahogany
Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany
Body Top: Arched Laminated Mahogany
Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
Bracing: Parallel Tone Bars
Purfling: Black/Ivory White
F Holes Sound Holes: Unbound F Holes
Body Depth: 1.94" (49 mm)
Body Length: 20.25" (514 mm)
Body Width Lower Bout: 16.38" (416 mm)
Body Binding: Ivory White with Black/White Purfling
Neck
Neck Shape: Vintage Soft "U"
Number of Frets: 20
Fret Size: Jumbo
Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Fingerboard Radius: 9.45" (240 mm)
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: 1-Piece Mahogany
Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Scale Length: 24.75" (628 mm)
Headstock: Newark St.
Neck Binding: 1-Ply Ivory White
Truss Rods: Dual-Action Head Adjust
Truss Rod Nut: Hex
Electronics
Pickup Configuration: HH
Bridge Pickup: Guild "Anti-Hum" Dual-Coil
Neck Pickup: Guild "Anti-Hum" Dual-Coil
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Hardware
Hardware Finish: Nickel Plated; Polished Aluminum
Bridge: Guild Adjusto-Matic with Rosewood Base
Tuning Machines: Grover Sta-Tite Die-Cast
String Nut: Bone
Pickguard: Opaque Plexi Pickguard with Guild Logo
Tools
Truss Rod Wrench: Yes
Miscellaneous
Strings: D'Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound, Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock, (.011-.049 Gauges)
Unique Features: Thinline Single Cutaway Semi-Hollow Body; Guild "Harp" Tailpiece; Chesterfield Headstock Inlay
Accessories
Control Knobs: Black Plastic
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Starfire III Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar with Guild Vibrato Tailpiece
 
5.0

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5.0

A Great True Hollowbody Thinline

By Tim

from California

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Feeds back at high volumes

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Starfire III Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar with Guild Vibrato Tailpiece:

I've played for about 30 years - rock, R&B, country, jazz, blues - in bands in small venues. This is a steal for the money. Solid construction, light weight, great mini hum buckers with a clear low end. With a little gain, this guitar has a great classic rock humbucker sound, consistent across strings, cuts through the mix, really perfect in a group setting. The hollow construction allows you to get a good semi-amplified jazz sound. I play old swing/Gypsy, and it's great for that as well as a full-blown Wes Montgomery sound, but with a little more high end, which I like. Also has works great for country. A very versatile guitar, and a great buy for the money.

 
5.0

Starfire III is a winner

By wmachine

from Ohio

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor electronics?

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Starfire III Hollowbody Archtop Electric Guitar with Guild Vibrato Tailpiece:

The case is excellent (5 latches, all working as they should). The guitar fit in the case is excellent too.
Great wow factor when you open the case. This is one beautiful guitar. Fit and finish are impressive. Up there with the best of the Koreans, and better than some US. Very nice mahogany wood grain unnecessarily the same (matched) front and rear. In my hands, it has a really nice, familiar, and comfortable feel. Tuned up nicely, and though smallish, the Grover tuners are smooth and solid.
A couple strums put a big smile on my face, as it played smooth, up and down the neck, and unplugged it really sings out acoustically and with impressive sustain. At 6-5/8 lbs, it feels very solid, but obviously not heavy. The strings it comes with don't send me running out to change them right away, either.

My excitement was tempered a bit after I plugged it in, though. The only problem of any real significance was the toggle switch. "Either" worked okay, but "both" was one only (middle position not working correctly).
But additionally, the toggle was so loose in the switch housing, I thought it was a joystick at first. So that gets replaced. (Not as easy on a hollow body, though.)
The pups are fine and I like them. Nice range and flavor. I'd have to play them more to define them better. The pots are bit of a concern though. Don't like the apparent taper, or should I say lack of. I'll have to give them some more time to evaluate too.
After playing it a little, I looked closely at the setup and was surprised it was visually off a lot more than it felt. So it should be even better. The neck needs just a little truss rod adjustment along with the bridge.
The initial verdict? Very nice, and a keeper. In fact I was thinking that even if all the electronics were ripped out and replaced, it would still be worth it. The guitar itself is that good.

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