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.
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.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.
Bigsby would be cool but I already have heavy guitarsI 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.
Bigger and heavier than what I want, but I'd love to try one! Probably worth a little effort on my part...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: