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A little too orange for me but I like the black.

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Who knows what shade it will be in the store? Its mahogany so I am not going by the colour of the photo. I like orange/gold/ brown/ copper/bronze tones anyway. Solid colours are out for me, gotta see wood. Lol.
 

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Looks interresting. Have you tried one out yet?
No, I have not. But it's not far away in Winnipeg. That's why I am wondering if anyone has experience with one. Five hour drive with overnight stay. I will wait for my next trip to Ontario.
 

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Haven’t tried that particular guitar, but I’ve tried the starfire I bass. It was solidly built, good weight and a decent price point.

I can’t just say “buy it”, but I’m sure if you try it you’ll be pleasantly surprised. They just released a natural flame maple top for the starfire II bass, and I’m sure that option is probably available on other instruments in that lineup.
 

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I have not seen that model yet but Guild is known as a reputable manufacturer. I'm not into mahogany tops or that colour of yellow/orange. Personally, I would look at Ibanez and Eastman. Great quality and lots of options.
 

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I once had a pre-Fender Bluesbird, so I was quite excited to check out some of these new Guilds at a local shop but was very underwhelmed. Sorry, I don’t recall many specifics about the line, just that my impression was “meh”.

If you want short scale & hollow, check out an Epi ES-Les Paul or ES-339. The coil tap makes for a very versatile guitar. And they’re 1/2 the price to boot.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will go to the store and try it next spring. Funny how you can tell as soon as you pick it up.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will go to the store and try it next spring. Funny how you can tell as soon as you pick it up.
Probably a good idea. I've been disappointed by most of the entry-level Gibsons I've played in the last few years (fit & finish, the hardware feels cheap) but maybe it's partly a question of expectation.

New Epi ES-339s are $599 @ L&M, but the ES-LP is $799. Not sure what the differences are other than the body shape. FWIW I've owned Gibson examples of both guitars and an Epi 339. I prefer the LP body shape, so that's the one that stuck around but YMMV. The Epi was very good value, esp. on the used market.
 

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I tried an Epiphone double cut semi. Couldn't wait to hang it back up. I don't even know the model. The Coupe looks OK, I like'em smaller for sure. That ES LP style is a contender too. I prefer one cut. Or even better, none. Single pickup is fine too, as this is mainly for accompaniment in quieter toons. Thanks guys.

http://www.prestigeguitars.com/heritage-hollow-sb-qm/
 

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I always thought Starfires were cool guitars. The Mahogany top on that one looks quite a bit different than how I'm used to seeing them.....not loving the look honestly, but give me time.

I would definitely put a Bigsby on it.
 

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The Starfire II is a single-cutaway (florentine), full-hollow thinline. It was the first electric guitar I played for any length of time. A family in my school had a 64/65 in cherry red with a Guild branded Bigsby. It was an amazing guitar. I had only been playing a few months, but even then I knew how good it was. This family was a bit nuts, so they left it in the car overnight during a very cold winter and the neck warped beyond playability. I never saw the actual damage, but the rumour was the neck had twisted clean off the body. That sounds like hyperbole, but you never know. Had I known they cared so little about it, I'd have found a way to buy the thing.

It was a good deal like a Gretsch Tennessean in feel and tone, as I recall. It's thinner, like a Gibson ES, but the tone is spankier with more jangle. This is due to the full-hollow construction, no doubt. If you've ever played an Epi Sorrento, they're quite similar. The Guild will have better tone woods and construction. In fact, vintage pieces can be had quite reasonably compared to Gibson, Gretsch, or Epi.

I recommend you try one. I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you need pro endorsements, Doyle Dykes is a fan:
 

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I always thought Starfires were cool guitars. The Mahogany top on that one looks quite a bit different than how I'm used to seeing them.....not loving the look honestly, but give me time.

I would definitely put a Bigsby on it.
Bigsby would be cool but I already have heavy guitars
 

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The Starfire II is a single-cutaway (florentine), full-hollow thinline. It was the first electric guitar I played for any length of time. A family in my school had a 64/65 in cherry red with a Guild branded Bigsby. It was an amazing guitar. I had only been playing a few months, but even then I knew how good it was. This family was a bit nuts, so they left it in the car overnight during a very cold winter and the neck warped beyond playability. I never saw the actual damage, but the rumour was the neck had twisted clean off the body. That sounds like hyperbole, but you never know. Had I known they cared so little about it, I'd have found a way to buy the thing.

It was a good deal like a Gretsch Tennessean in feel and tone, as I recall. It's thinner, like a Gibson ES, but the tone is spankier with more jangle. This is due to the full-hollow construction, no doubt. If you've ever played an Epi Sorrento, they're quite similar. The Guild will have better tone woods and construction. In fact, vintage pieces can be had quite reasonably compared to Gibson, Gretsch, or Epi.

I recommend you try one. I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you need pro endorsements, Doyle Dykes is a fan:
Bigger and heavier than what I want, but I'd love to try one! Probably worth a little effort on my part...

EDIT: Huge nostalgia in this story too! Thanks kirk.
 

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A part of this gear search involves replacing my second guitar ever: a 3/4 size hollow single-pickup guitar that I had in the late sixties. Burgundy red. It cost $125. It only had one word on it: "Japan." A giant step up from the $30 Zenon from the Eaton's catalogue.

I had a lot of fun with that thing. Huge nostalgic value. No truss. Neck warped. Heave ho.

Yes, I will try the Epiphone 1966 Century when I find one.
 
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