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 Dearmond Guild Starfire SpecialThe DeArmond Guild Starfire Special is a unique instrument in many respects. First, it's important to note that the Starfire line originally produced by Guild was discontinued with all but one model in the 1970s. The Starfire IV remained in production until Fender moved Guild manufacturing to Korea. At that point they decided to resurrect the Starfire line under the DeArmond name, using the original Guild machining, designs, and specs. The DeArmond Starfires were even manufactured under the watchful eye of some of the old Guild pros responsible for the originals.

The Starfire Special was a limited run instrument based on the original Starfire III. The two most significant changes from the Guild original were the addition of a full, solid, center block, as opposed to the partial block of the old Starfire III, and the addition of DeArmond pickups to replace the Guild humbuckers and P-90s. Everything else remained pretty much the same down to the signature harp tailpiece and Guild markings on the truss rod.

Although details are sketchy, it appears Fender continued making the DeArmond Starfires for a short time after moving production to Indonesia. There's ample evidence among owners of these Indonesian models that quality suffered considerably after the move. Where the Korean Starfire Specials carried on the deep, rich, blues sounds of the original Starfire III, the Indonesian models produced a muddy sound that was difficult to deal with without high quality amps.

Some fans believe the Korean Starfire Specials were the best DeArmond's ever made; maybe even the best Starfires ever made. While that might be a matter of debate among some of the more famous Starfire players, it can't be argued that the DeArmond Guild Starfire Specials were awesome guitars. If you can find one on the used market snatch it up while you can.

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