|The Guild Starfire VI was the sixth guitar in the Starfire line, and according to some, the best of all of them. It was made primarily to be a competitor to the Gibson ES-355 as the premier Guild electric archtop. Following its predecessors, the VI has the same slick, thin-line design with a 1 7/8" inch body made with laminated maple; seven bound layers to be exact. The mahogany neck provides the base for a bound ebony fretboard, complete with abalone inlays that slightly resemble an Epiphone.
The guitar owes its sound largely to the two HB-1 humbucker pickups Guild was known to use. There are dual tone and volume controls, a pickup switch, and a single master volume control. The master volume, which was first introduced to the Starfire line beginning with the V model, was a great feature that gave professionals even more control over their sound throughout the course of a gig. It was an addition many of the pros loved.
As far as the hardware was concerned, the Starfire VI featured gold plated Kolb tuners until 1965, when they switched to Grover RotoMatics. The gold-plated Bigsby tailpiece and vibrato added a touch of flair, especially on models with the sunburst finish, although many think they were somewhat visually overbearing. Nonetheless, this semi hollow archtop electric continued the rich, jazzy tones that the Starfire was known for. With the right amp setup an experienced player could achieve almost any sound he desired. (more…)