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Dearmond Guild Starfire Custom

1 December 2010 No Comment
 Dearmond Guild StarfireThe DeArmond Guild Starfire Custom is a rare semi-hollow archtop reminiscent of the old Guild Starfires of the 60s. Though the guitar bears the Guild name it's not a Guild instrument in the truest sense of the word. Prior to Fender purchasing Guild in 1995, the company made the Starfire line beginning in 1960, and guys like Jerry Garcia and Muddy Waters were thrilled to play them. Nonetheless, production ceased in 1973.

When Fender bought Guild in the mid-1990s they decided to resurrect some of the previously discontinued the lines, including the Starfire. Using original Guild designs as a base, and under the watchful eye of former Guild technicians, Fender had the new Starfire guitars manufactured in Korea under the name DeArmond. If you can find one on the street you'll notice the DeArmond name on the headstock with a Guild inlay underneath. The truss rod will also have the Guild name etched on it.

Despite the Fender ownership and the DeArmond name, the Starfire custom is very similar to its genuine Guild predecessors. The thin-line body is just under 2" wide with a maple centre block on which the tailpiece and bridge are mounted. This design gives an incredibly warm, jazzy tone without any feedback. The guitar features dual DeArmond Goldtone pickups, separate volume and tone controls, a pickup switch, and dual cutouts. The maple neck, pickguard, and f-holes have kept the classic Guild design to add an element of style.

The DeArmond Guild Starfire is known for its easy playability and incredibly close action. If there's any complaints about this guitar, it's that it can be a bit heavy during long gigs. But the versatility of its sound, which can be fully exploited with different effects and amp set-ups, is what makes fans of this guitar keep coming back. Unfortunately, the line was discontinued in 2000.

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