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Guild Starfire III P90The Guild Starfire III P-90, first introduced in 1960, was the last completely hollow archtop electric in this line. The subsequent IV, V, and VI models were semi-hollow with the solid block running through the body. The P-90 designation comes from the fact that the first of these guitars was outfitted with dual P-90 single coil pickups. In 1963 the P-90s were abandoned in favor of humbuckers.

The body of the Starfire III was laminated maple or mahogany with a chrome-plated pickup switch and dual volume and tone controls. The one-piece mahogany neck featured a rosewood fretboard, 20 frets at a scale of 24.75", and dot inlaid fret markers. The guitar is similar in construction to the Gibson ES-125 and the Epiphone Sorrento. The Starfire III had a distinct sound due to significant changes from the earlier Starfire II model, and it possessed some unique action that could produce a wonderful tone if mastered. Among the most famous players was none other than the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia.

A common problem with hollow-body electrics is their propensity to produce feedback when improperly amped. But skilled players like Garcia knew how to adjust the controls and work the action to produce a perfect tone without the feedback. The uniqueness of this guitar made it difficult to play and thus, it was mastered by very few.

One other interesting tidbit about the Starfire III was that it earned nicknames based on the finish each was given. For example, the Emerald Starfire was finished in emerald green, while the black models were simply known as Blackfires. Cherry and Sunburst finishes were the only choices up until 1962, but then Guild also began offering custom finished including amber, blond, brown, ebony, white, and the aforementioned black and emerald green. The Starfire III enjoyed a fairly long production run, continuing until 1973.

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