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Guild Guild Starfire VI Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Blonde

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Featuring Guild’s iconic double-cutaway Starfire body shape, the Starfire VI has stunning AAA flamed maple top, back, and sides, and a solid centerbl...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-25-2018

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Elegant appointments with dual humbuckers and vibrato tailpiece.

Featuring Guild’s iconic double-cutaway Starfire body shape, the Starfire VI has stunning AAA flamed maple top, back, and sides, and a solid centerblock. Dual LB-1 Little Bucker pickups, replicas of Guild’s 1960s smaller size humbucking pickups, offer a range of tones well-suited for a variety of playing styles and genres. The Starfire VI has a three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck and a bound rosewood fingerboard inlaid with mother-of-pearl and abalone V-blocks.

It also features a pinned Tune-o-Matic bridge with rosewood base, rosewood bridge, and comes adorned with gold hardware, 5 ply black and ivory purfling, deluxe f-hole and body binding, and a Guild Vibrato Tailpiece. It’s available in a high gloss blonde finish, and includes a hardshell case. Guild’s most deluxe Starfire on the market, the VI has the vintage look, tone, and feel that you can only get from a Guild Starfire. Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Flamed Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Vintage soft U
  • Neck wood: 3-piece Maple/walnut
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Indian Rosewood
  • Radius: 9.5 in.
  • Fret size: Narrow jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: LB-1
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: LB-1
  • Brand: Guild
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Guild Vibrato
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style open-back
  • Color: Gold
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Electronics
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Truss-rod tool
  • Country of origin: South Korea

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Guild Starfire VI Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
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4.0

Looks Great, Sounds Great, Minor Issues

By Tempfinder

from Austin, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Looks Great!

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Whammy bar causes intonation problems

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Guild Starfire VI Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Overall, I am pleased with the purchase of my Guild Starfire VI. I bought mine used and it arrived with just minor scratches on the pick guard, and otherwise no cosmetic defects or problems. But it did need some work. Luckily, I am a guitar tinkerer so I was able to fix the issues and get it playing nicely.

The major problem with this guitar is the whammy bar, which takes the guitar out of tune as soon as I use it. I found myself constantly tuning it, even after the new strings settled in. I was able to fix this, however. Another problem was fret buzz on fret #7 and #10 on the 6th string. However, I was able to fix this, too. More on this below. Finally, the master volume is not linear, when going from 1 to 9 (soft to full volume). Here's the rub: when I adjust the volume from 1 to 7 it doesn't change the volume that much. However, between 7 and 9 it goes from medium loud to very loud. I find myself making minor adjustments between 7 and 9 most of the time. I hardly use the range between 1 and 7. And adjusting the individual volume controls on the pickups to try various combinations did not help. So, I've just learned to live with it.

To fix the whammy bar intonation issue, I purchased a replacement bridge on the Internet, the kind that has rollers instead of the v-notches on the stock bridge. Then, I routed the strings straight from the back tension bar directly to the bridge, bypassing the middle bar. See my picture and compare to the factory picture. This caused a secondary problem which is that the length of string between the bridge and the tail piece is way long, causing parasitic oscillations. I fixed this by putting in some felt or foam to dampen the strings. Now it works nicely and stays in tune when I whammy.

To fix the fret buzz, I used a fret buzz removal tool purchased on the Internet and it did the trick. After adjusting the new bridge and setting the intonation, the guitar plays nicely and sounds great.

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