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!