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Simple and affordable too. Not easy to try one of theses. I think Innovation Music is the dealer in the Edmonton area and they really never have a larger number of Guild models in stock. Guild Starfire II ST. Full hollowbody thinline. Laminated mahogany.



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$1180 US List Price. I know that Tundra Music has the natural mahogany for $1099 Cdn.
 

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I suspect it's a nice guitar. One of my students has a Guild non-cutaway semi-hollow with a single P-90. Really good tones, great set-up/action, cool vibe.
 

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I tried looking up specs on their website. It has very little which surprised me. That kind of thing makes me dismiss looking any further.
 

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I tried looking up specs on their website. It has very little which surprised me. That kind of thing makes me dismiss looking any further.
From the website...dismiss no more...
specifications
body:
Body Construction Hollowbody
Body Top Arched Mahogany
Body Back Arched Mahogany
Body Sides Mahogany
Body Shape Starfire™ II
Bracing Bridge Block
Finish Gloss Polyurethane, Black
Body Depth Upper Bout 1 3/4″ (44 mm)
Body Depth Lower Bout 1 7/8″ (48 mm)
Body Length 20 1/4″ (514 mm)
Body Width Lower Bout 16 3/8″ (416 mm)
Body Width Upper Bout 11 3/4″ (298 mm)
Overall Guitar Length 41″ (1041mm)
Body Binding Ivory ABS
Purfling N/A
Soundhole/F-Holes Unbound F Holes
neck:
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage Soft “U”
Neck Finish Gloss polyurethane, Natural Brown
Scale Length 24 3/4″ (628 mm)
Nut Width 1 11/16″ (43 mm)
Nut Material NuBone
Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 9 1/2″ (240 mm)
Fingerboard Inlays Pearloid Dot
# of Frets 20
Fret Size Narrow Jumbo
Tuning Machines Grover Sta-Tite Open-Gear 14:1
Hardware Finish/Plating Chrome
Truss Rod Dual-Action
Truss Rod Wrench 7mm Socket Wrench
features:
Bridge Guild Tune-O-Matic
Strings D’Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound, Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock, (.011-.049 Gauges)
Case or Gig Bag N/A
Bridge Pickup LB-1
Neck Pickup LB-1
Pickup Configuration HH
Pickup Switches 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Control Knobs Black Plastic
Controls 2 Volume, 2 Tone
Strap Buttons Vintage-Style
Pickguard N/A
 

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Neck is close to my fender strat. 43mm nut (NOTHING wider for me) , 9.5" radius (ideal)_. Soft U vs Soft V (close enough). Medium jumbo frets vs. narrow jumbo frets is the most noticeable difference. I did have guitar refretted with 6105s once and it made quite the difference on that guitar. I like the idea of the low output pickups. I love the black. I would change the 3-way selector tip to black. It is a full hollowbody, therefore lighter. Mahogany laminate, not maple.

Weak, puny, slow, awkward little girly man fretting hand here (sound's nice with Austrian accent)

I've always wanted a mini-humbucker version of my Casino Coupe. This is in right ballpark at least. My only concern is the lower bout width - 16 3/8" maybe bit wide for me, I'd have to try one.
 
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I suspect it's a nice guitar. One of my students has a Guild non-cutaway semi-hollow with a single P-90. Really good tones, great set-up/action, cool vibe.
I had the hots for this one too....

 
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Just tried Guild guitars today in Tundra Music in Hamilton. Tomorrow back to the lonesome prairie...

The T50 felt a bit lame, like it needed different strings or something. The Aristocrat was similar, but better because of the smaller body.

The Starfire II was the best. A different kind of pickup sound and actually better (for me) when dialeddown slightly in various ways. A wide pallette of sweet, mellow tones which is what I want from this guitar. It delivers!

Hot output also available, but I did not explore this area, so it is not to be dismissed as a soft guitar, you will have to explore its rock dynamic for yourself.

Great build. The mahoghany is much less "orange" in person than in their screen shot. Large body but very light and easy to hold.

Different than any other guitar I own. Free delivery to Saskatchewan. I woulda bought, but I need to build my lakeside cabin first this year. Just wanted to try one. Thank you Tundra. I plan to order later this year.
 

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I had the hots for this one too....

Yeah, that's the one. I was impressed when it showed up in the hands of a teenager. This kid knows what he likes, no pointy, no shredder, no LP-esque or Strat-esque guitar, like most of his contemporaries, just the guitar of guitars. Warm cleans, grubby distortion, and tone that originates in the body.
 

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I have an upcoming potential sale, so that will clear a couple things out of the way. I've got all the parts for the Fender Blacktop Jaguar HH. Deal with that (Got HB sized P90s for it ). See if I want to keep it or not. If not, this will be on my short list - if something else doesn't catch my eye.
 
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Not even close to big enough, needs to be at least 1 3/4 nut width.
Too thin for those big mitts of yours.
Ha! Ha! You guys knew exactly what I was looking for! I've been looking at an Eastman AR372 and also The Loar but none in my area. I am heading to Ontario next month so I hope to try at least one of those when I am there. I know the 12th Fret has the Eastman in stock at the moment.
 

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From the website...dismiss no more...
specifications
body:
Body Construction Hollowbody
Body Top Arched Mahogany
Body Back Arched Mahogany
Body Sides Mahogany
Body Shape Starfire™ II
Bracing Bridge Block
Finish Gloss Polyurethane, Black
Body Depth Upper Bout 1 3/4″ (44 mm)
Body Depth Lower Bout 1 7/8″ (48 mm)
Body Length 20 1/4″ (514 mm)
Body Width Lower Bout 16 3/8″ (416 mm)
Body Width Upper Bout 11 3/4″ (298 mm)
Overall Guitar Length 41″ (1041mm)
Body Binding Ivory ABS
Purfling N/A
Soundhole/F-Holes Unbound F Holes
neck:
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage Soft “U”
Neck Finish Gloss polyurethane, Natural Brown
Scale Length 24 3/4″ (628 mm)
Nut Width 1 11/16″ (43 mm)
Nut Material NuBone
Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 9 1/2″ (240 mm)
Fingerboard Inlays Pearloid Dot
# of Frets 20
Fret Size Narrow Jumbo
Tuning Machines Grover Sta-Tite Open-Gear 14:1
Hardware Finish/Plating Chrome
Truss Rod Dual-Action
Truss Rod Wrench 7mm Socket Wrench
features:
Bridge Guild Tune-O-Matic
Strings D’Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound, Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock, (.011-.049 Gauges)
Case or Gig Bag N/A
Bridge Pickup LB-1
Neck Pickup LB-1
Pickup Configuration HH
Pickup Switches 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Control Knobs Black Plastic
Controls 2 Volume, 2 Tone
Strap Buttons Vintage-Style
Pickguard N/A
I thought it strange that they wouldn't have this info on their site. Now why didn't I see that?:) Thanks for the post, Greco.
 

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Those new Guild vintage reissues are, by and large, extremely good playing, good sounding guitars. I have the Starfire IV in cherry red with the stop tailpiece, and the new S-200 T-Bird solidbody in white with the simplified controls. Both are great players. The Starfire is simply the best guitar I currently own. It might be the best I have ever owned. I reviewed the S-200 and the Bluesbird reissues in Vintage Guitar magazine, and I have a review coming up of the new Jet Star reissue. I'm quite pleased with every Guild reissue I've played so far.

What sold me on the Starfire IV was a video I watched on YT of two guys jamming on what sounded like "Strange Brew." The guitarist was using a new SF-IV and it nailed Clapton's Cream tone, which is my Holy Grail tone. The guitar does everything and does it well. The semi hollow construction allows me to hit that sweet spot where I can get controllable feedback easily when I mix in overdrive and compression.
 

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It's quite reminiscent of a Godin Montreal, but with some sort of mini-humbucker, I suppose.
It reminds me of a Gibson 137.

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I've seen them used for less than $2k (maybe years ago, memory fails me now). I prefer a bound fretboard, which would sway me to the Gibby.
 
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