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Guild Starfire Deluxe

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 Guild Starfire DeluxeThe Guild Starfire series took a big leap forward with the release of the Deluxe model in 1963. The line was already well-loved by many guitar players, but the Deluxe raised the bar and made the StarFire a must-have plenty of guys. It was released along with the StarFire IV model and combined, the two became arguably the most popular Guild electric archtops ever. The model is also known as the Starfire V and the Starfire SF-V.

The thin-line body on the Deluxe was typical for the Starfire series at just 1 7/8", and it was either laminated maple or mahogany in a cherry or sunburst finish. The company made seven custom finishes available including black, blonde, and natural mahogany.

The neck was three-piece construction using maple or mahogany, the fret board was typical rosewood, and Guild used their standard block inlays. As for the pickups, the Starfire Deluxe was fitted with Guild humbuckers. On some you'll find DeArmond single coils, but there's plenty of argument as to whether or not they produced a sound good enough for the Starfire name.

On the hardware side the Starfire Deluxe featured a Guild Bigsby vibrato and tailpiece, duel volume and tone controls, and a single pickup selector switch on the lower bout near the cutout. From 1963 through '64 Guild installed Kolb tuners but replaced them with Grover RotoMatics beginning in 1965. Throughout the guitar's entire run stereo circuitry was an option. In 1967 the neck joint moved from the 16th to the 18 fret along with the StarFire IV and VI models.

The Starfire Deluxe ceased production in 1973, but not before it garnered a lot of support in the jazz community. And while it never really competed hard against similar Gretsch and Gibson semi-hollow electrics, it had it's own unique feel and playability.

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Guild Starfire Bass Guitar with Case (Cherry Red) Guild Starfire Bass Guitar with Case (Cherry Red)
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Semi-hollow. From the jangle of the Byrd's to the psychedelic 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 Starfire V with Guild Vibrato Tailpiece Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar with Case (Cherry Red) Guild Starfire V with Guild Vibrato Tailpiece Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar with Case (Cherry Red)
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A deluxe double cutaway loaded with features that give a fully expressive voice to your individual playing style. The classic Guild Starfire V is a semi-hollow beauty with a graceful 16 3/8″ thinline body and twin Guild LB-1 “Little Bucker” pickups that make it an outstanding choice with an authentic Guild voice perfect for rock, blues, roots and more...

Guild Starfire III with Guild Vibrato Tailpiece Hollow Body Electric Guitar with Case (Cherry Red) Guild Starfire III with Guild Vibrato Tailpiece Hollow Body Electric Guitar with Case (Cherry Red)
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Hollow body. A real beauty in high-gloss cherry red, Guild's Starfire III is equipped with features of extra advantage to the rock 'n' roll guitarist who seeks a combination of flashy appearance and extraordinary tonal possibilities...

Guild Starfire IV Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar with Case (Cherry Red) Guild Starfire IV Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar with Case (Cherry Red)
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This marks the welcome return of a highly popular semi-hollow Guild classic, with a graceful double-cutaway thinline body and incomparable tone and feel. The original Starfire IV was prized by many guitarists from the mid-1960s onward as a distinctively rocking instrument, and its spirit and design pervade this new model...

Guild Starfire Bass II Guitar with Case (Natural) Guild Starfire Bass II Guitar with Case (Natural)
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Guild is proud to introduce the Star fire Bass II, a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that brings additional sonic options to one of Guild's most iconic models. The Star fire Bass II originally debuted in 1967, shortly after the single-pickup version, and quickly garnered a following that included Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) and Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)...

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John Mayer strat neck vs. American Deluxe Neck?

Is a John Mayer strat neck built to the same quality as an American Deluxe Strat neck?
I know Fender made the Mayer strat in an attempt to sell more guitars (as all businesses do). But is it's quality as good as the American deluxe?

How does it feel to you? Thinner, fatter, wider, More rounded, flatter? Does the craftmanship differ? Finish, fret shape, binding, quality of wood? Where was it made? Do you worship John Mayer? Are you making money playing gigs, or are you still dreaming of that day? I own 2 basses, 4 six strings. Gibson SG. Fender Squire strat with Khaler bridge. De'Armond label (fender korea plant) copy of Guild Starfire/Gibson ES-335 - Half breed mutt guitar that plays and sounds great! And a home built headless bottom tuner prototype inspired by a BC Rich Bich. Been collecting for 31 years, since I was 16. Guitar addiction is only slightly more tolerable then gambling. 😉

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