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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • 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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SPECIFICATIONS
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
  • 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
Electronics
  • Bridge Pickup: Guild "Bi-Sonic" Bass
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Hardware
  • 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
Tools
  • Truss Rod Wrench: Yes
Miscellaneous
  • 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
Accessories
  • Control Knobs: Black Plastic
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GuildStarfire Electric Bass
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Recording (3)
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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Return of a Classic

By Tuna 27

from Coventry, CT

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Pros

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

Cons

  • 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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stunning Beauty

By Taino

from Texas

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Guild Starfire Electric Bass:

    This bass was intended to complete my small collection of bass guitars. I had considered other semi hollow body instruments such as Epiphone and Fender. However, I'm not a fan of anything made in China or Indonesia but I have owned Korean crafted instruments in the past and I can say I've never had a complaint about them whatsoever.

    This Guild Starfire is a very comfortable short scale bass. The neck is narrow at the nut, similar to a jazz bass, and the string spacing is not too tight for me.

    The sound is very familiar to anyone who follows the early days of 1960's psychedelic rock bands, Jefferson Airplane. or The Byrd are two great examples. But this Starfire definitely holds its own in any country or western music genre band. My own band mates complimented and love the sound it produces.

    It's definitely enough as a single pickup model, but there is also a two pickup model also available. But I prefer the original look, feel and sound of this single pickup Starfire bass.

     
    5.0

    Update to Previous Review

    By Tuna 27

    from Coventry, CT

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    Pros

    • Excellent Build
    • Extremely Playable
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Iconic Sound

    Cons

    • Some issues with bridge and electronics

    Best Uses

    • Playing At Your Best

    Comments about Guild Starfire Electric Bass:

    Updating my initial review after some years. This is a remarkable instrument that requires getting used to. But there were some issues. First, after a while I discovered that intonation was off on the E and A strings (primarily E string) due to the bridge having insufficient travel. A slight lengthening of the travel slot(s) solved the problem. Second, the volume control provided nearly zero taper, operating closer to an on-off switch. This incredible pickup requires fine control over its voltage, so that's a real issue. Inspection by my tech (who also fixed the bridge) showed the volume and tone controls ("pots") to be substandard. However, in his opinion, overall workmanship was "first class" regarding general build. After replacing the entire internal harness (new wiring, high-end pots and jack), I must admit this is an incredible bass. Now with full control, the pickup is a monster. Use a pick and you will easily achieve the elusive Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) sound of the early seventies. Finger style gives you a fast responsive feel. Very high output for a passive machine. But you must be delicate (especially if you normally play full scale) or you will generate unwanted neck noise from the shorter scale strings. Use more amp gain and lighten up the attack. Bingo. This is the greatest handling bass guitar I have ever played in 40 years. The sound is truly iconic. I play in several bands including an original recording band, and all admit they never heard me sound better- that's a huge testament. An instrument that brings out your best playing is more important than bells, whistles and preamps. I am inspired to play at my best every time I pick it up, and the tone does not let me down. The only improvement may be found in a Starfire 2, but that's a bit more complicated to operate (2 vols, plus master and switch). The '2 may be a more sonically flexible (given the dual pickups and complex configuration),but this is simple,clean,powerful, toneful and just gorgeous

     
    5.0

    A great bass!

    By Mr. Thunderbritches

    from NorCal

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Don't care for the factory round wound strings.

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Guild Starfire Electric Bass:

    Superb joinery, finish and fretwork. I find this bass to be very comfortable to play and especially like the neck width (narrow) and profile. Don't understand why it ships with round wound strings, because this bass cries out for flats! I put some Chromes on mine almost as soon as I got it. Do take note that many short-scale string sets are too short for this bass because even though it is, in fact, a short scale, medium-scale string sets generally fit it better due to the greater distance between the "harp" tailpiece's saddles and ball end attachment points (when compared to, say, many Fender bass bridges).

    The individually height-adjustability of the pickup pole pieces is nice for dialing in even string-to-string response. On many other basses, this procedure is more a matter of "splitting the difference", since it involves raising or lowering the entire pickup.

    In response to another reviewer's comment about limited tones: I have found that to whatever extent this may apply due to the single pickup configuration and passive circuitry, the tonal palette of this instrument can easily be expanded with careful amp selection, an outboard pre-amp and/or various pedals (not that it can't stand on it's own, unsupplemented). I run mine through 2 amps simultaneously (isolating the signals with a Lehle AB/Y pedal): adding very mild gain/distortion to one output with a Darkglass pedal and leaving the other clean to maintain fullness of the lower freqs.

    If you're wondering about the ergonomics, the body is almost exactly the same size as that of a Gibson ES-335.

    If mine got stolen or destroyed, I would immediately buy another one. I've tried several other basses since buying a Starfire, and always wind up going back to them: they just look, sound and feels "right". I also have a Starfire II, but don't like the Starfire I any less on account of that and don't plan on getting rid of either one.

    IMHO, Guild really "hit one out of the park" with this bass.

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