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Guild Starfire III Electric Guitar with Bigsby  

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First introduced in 1960, it became a favorite with its ultralight, thin hollowbody and bright, well-balanced tone. Multilaminate maple body with sin...Read More

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A cult classic, back in all its glory!

First introduced in 1960, it became a favorite with its ultralight, thin hollowbody and bright, well-balanced tone. Multilaminate maple body with single Florentine cutaway and vintage chrome covered humbuckers cranks out punchy, crisp tone perfect for rockabilly, surf, blues, and rock. Classic Bigsby tailpiece and bridge, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, and Chesterfield headstock inlay. Includes hardshell case.

  • Ultralight, thin multilaminate maple hollowbody
  • Single Florentine cutaway
  • Mahogany neck
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Vintage chrome-covered humbuckers
  • Classic Bigsby tailpiece and bridge

This is one of the sweetest Guilds ever produced. Step back about 40 years and hear how good it really was. Order now.


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Starfire III

By GuildFreak

from San Pedro, CA

I own #25 Guild Starfire III from Corona. I love this guitar. I've been playing since 1963 have owned a few guitars. This is bye far my favorite electric. I play it through a fender tube amp and this thing can play jazz, rockabilly, name it and this guitar will do it. One negative: the binding came loose just like every other guild I own. I own 3 Guilds and they have all had this problem, even my 1975 F50. Not had to fix though.I love this guitar.

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By omaz

from PA

The best Hollowbody I own. Custom shop quality.

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Great find

By RastaHead

from In Germany

I found this guitar in a drum shop. The guitar was bought and it needed a neck reset and more. Guild repainted the instrument and reset the neck and now I have an excellent instrument. The bigsby system is a pain when changing strings, but otherwise it is a great instrument and work of art!

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great tone bad electronics


from RI

I own several guitars, fenders, gibsons ricks, framus, G&L. All my friends at gigs tell me that the Guild sounds the best. I agree, however, the electronics just plain suck. The toggle switch and the volume and tone controls are all scratchy. For such a great guitar it's a shame they can't put better quality in these cheappo parts. I use my guild for classic rock tunes, anythingfrom Beatles to Cream. Not for AC DC or Ozzy metalheads (get a les paul).

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My favorite guitar, next to the 53 Tele...

By Kyle Jones

from Salem, Or

I got this beauty used for a graduation present a year ago and I've loved it ever since. It sounds great, the tuning holds remarkably well for a bigsby bridge, and it's nice and comfortable to play.

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A great sounding all around guitar

By MDV3000

from Colchester

For the value, it sounds as good as a Gibson or any other high-end model. Don't delay, buy one today and play your heart out!

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Very satisfied with my Guild starfire

By don-BedCb

from keithville, LA

Guitar arrived in good condition - setup well. The Guild pickups sound good to me. The neck reminds me of my old Gretsch, very good. I would recommend this Guild to any old guitar picker.

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One Word: Mellow...

By Saukkomies

from Michigan

I play this guitar through a Fender tube amp, and it is a perfect match! Although this is a very versatile instrument, I think that such music as Chris Isaak's "Wicked Games" and the more mellow songs from groups like the Birds and Beachboys allow the rich tones and smoothness of this guitar to really shine out. It is a beautiful guitar, but I am always needing to repair the loose knobs and such.

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By refdude

from Oklahoma

The only problem I have with this guitar is that it is hard to play up above the 12th fret. Because it only has 20 frets, the neck is shorter and is hard to play above the cutaway.

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