Guild Starfire IV (1969) SOLD

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The Guild Starfire IV shares certain design features with the Gibson ES-335, but this semi-hollow instrument is no mere running dog. Outfitted with pair of Guild's amazing mini-humbucker pickups and featuring an all-mahogany construction, this guitar has a voice of its own, sometimes reminding us of a filtertron-equipped Gretsch and sometimes sounding a lot like a PAF-equipped ES-335—but always bringing an extra dose of sweetness to the mix. The double-cut design, neck profile, and stairstep pickguard are unmistakably Guild. Maybe it’s because we’re old enough to remember back to when Buddy Guy wielded a Starfire, but we immediately gravitated toward the neck pickup, which yielded great stinging blues tones. Rolling back the tone knob and palming the pick unveiled the guitar’s organ-like faux-jazz voice. We then toggled the selector switch to the lead pickup and the guitar nailed full-bodied lead tones that were roomy and characterized by juicy sustain--but with a certain sweetness and articulation that is often missing from 335-styl instruments. Think Robben Ford's semi-hollow tone with the Ford Bros. Band, and you'll have an idea of the sounds this instrument is capable of producing.

In very good condition, with a bit of honest wear on the back of the neck and a bit of binding shrinkage that is most evident in the treble cutaway at the back of the guitar--it's not enough to bother most of our customers, but please call us if you want a more detailed description. Ships in a period-correct and presumably original hardshell case. A seriously cool instrument. Sold!

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The Guild Starfire IV shares certain design features with the Gibson ES-335, but this semi-hollow instrument is no mere running dog. Outfitted with pair of Guild’s amazing mini-humbucker pickups and featuring an all-mahogany construction, this guitar has a voice of its own, sometimes reminding us of a filtertron-equipped Gretsch and sometimes sounding a lot like a PAF-equipped ES-335—but always bringing an extra dose of sweetness to the mix. The double-cut design, neck profile, and stairstep pickguard are unmistakably Guild. Maybe it’s because we’re old enough to remember back to when Buddy Guy wielded a Starfire, but we immediately gravitated toward the neck pickup, which yielded great stinging blues tones. Rolling back the tone knob and palming the pick unveiled the guitar’s organ-like faux-jazz voice. We then toggled the selector switch to the lead pickup and the guitar nailed full-bodied lead tones that were roomy and characterized by juicy sustain–but with a certain sweetness and articulation that is often missing from 335-styl instruments. Think Robben Ford’s semi-hollow tone with the Ford Bros. Band, and you’ll have an idea of the sounds this instrument is capable of producing.

In very good condition, with a bit of honest wear on the back of the neck and a bit of binding shrinkage that is most evident in the treble cutaway at the back of the guitar–it’s not enough to bother most of our customers, but please call us if you want a more detailed description. Ships in a period-correct and presumably original hardshell case. A seriously cool instrument. Sold!