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Guild Starfire Electric Bass  Cherry Red 

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From the jangle of the Byrds to the psychedelia of Jefferson Airplane to countless other acts, many sounds of the '60s were underpinned by the deep a...Read More

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'60s vibe with rich sound and feel.

From the jangle of the Byrds to the psychedelia of Jefferson Airplane to countless other acts, many sounds of the '60s were underpinned by the deep and indispensable sound of the Starfire Bass, and players can now enjoy that rich sound and feel once again. Guild's new Starfire Bass has it all-the extra-thin semi-hollow body, the elegant double-cutaway design, a single powerful Bi-Sonic pickup, the classic Cherry Red finish and a great deal more. The welcome return of a true Guild classic.

  • Laminated mahogany body
  • 3-piece neck with rosewood fretboard and 21 jumbo frets
  • Guild Bi-Sonic pickup
  • Nickel hardware and Grover tuners
  • Includes case

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Starfire Electric Bass

  • Body
    Body Material: Laminated Mahogany
    Body Shape: Starfire Bass
    Body Back: Arched Laminated Mahogany
    Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany
    Body Top: Arched Laminated Mahogany
    Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
    Bracing: Center Block
    Purfling: Black/Ivory White
    F Holes Sound Holes: Unbound F Holes
    Body Depth: 1.69" (43mm)
    Body Length: 20.25" (514mm)
    Body Width Lower Bout: 16.38" (416mm)
    Body Binding: Ivory White with Black/White Purfling
    Neck Shape: Vintage Soft "U"
    Number of Frets: 21
    Fret Size: Jumbo
    Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot
    Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Neck Material: 3-Piece Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany
    Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
    Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
    Scale Length: 30.75" (781 mm)
    Headstock: Newark St.
    Neck Binding: 1-Ply Ivory White
    Truss Rods: Dual-Action Head Adjust
    Truss Rod Nut: Hex
    Bridge Pickup: Guild "Bi-Sonic" Bass
    Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
    Hardware Finish: Nickel-Plated
    Bridge: Guild Combo Bridge-Tailpiece with Rosewood String Saddles
    Tuning Machines: Grover Sta-Tite Die-Cast
    String Nut: Bone
    Pickguard: None
    Truss Rod Wrench: Yes
    Strings: D'Addario EXL165 Nickel Wound Bass, Custom Light, (.045-.105 Gauges)
    Unique Features: Thinline Double Cutaway Semi-Hollow Body; Guild Combo Bridge/Tailpiece; Dual Finger Rests; Chesterfield Headstock Inlay
    Control Knobs: Black Plastic

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The Return of a Classic

By Tuna27

from Connecticut

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  • Beautiful tone
  • Excellent Finish
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Light Weight
  • Very fast neck


  • Limited Tone Options

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Live Perfomances
  • Players With Small Hands
  • Recording

Comments about Guild Starfire Electric Bass:

Yes, the much coveted Starfire Bass has finally returned at an approachable price point. And yes, you will get the tone that launched thousands of Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead fans (among others), thanks to a faithful reissue of a stupendous design complete with its long awaited Bisonic pickup. While the real classic was probably the Starfire II with its double Bisonic format, this singleton does not want for anything brighter or deeper. The single pickup is more centrally located (towards the sweet spot) than either on the II. What you get is beautiful "woody" tone that is simply not produced by solid bodies. The neck is short scale with medium length strings (the bridge is long)and is as tight as can be- sleek with a 1.5" nut. The fretwork is perfection. This makes for one of the fastest playing basses ever made. Don't be fooled by a short scale: this bass thunders, yet also provides phenomenal response to a delicate touch. The string set provided (D'Addario Nickel Round Wound)does not do the bass justice; it cries for the flatwounds that made it famous. If you are considering this bass, you should also check out the Epiphone Casady Signature Bass which is capable of similar tone but with far superior tonal flexibility. However, the Epiphone can't compete with the unbelievable playability of the Guild (the Casady Bass is Long Scale with a very heavy neck). But even Jack Casady made his mark with the Starfire. I personally own both (and a custom '73 Precision). Bottom line: this is a unique and beautiful classic that was almost impossible to obtain until now. If you have small hands and want to optimize your playing, give this one a try; you will hit chords you thought you would never reach. It will be your next love.

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