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2002 Guild Starfire III Natural (SOLD)

Price: CDN $1700
US Price: US $1353.83
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Class: Used
S/N: CP000226
The Guild Starfire III first appeared in 1960, as a single-cutaway, thin but fully hollow archtop with a Bigsby tailpiece - the Starfire II was the same guitar but with the Guild harp tailpiece. It was available with either maple or mahogany laminate body.

The Starfire III was built from 1960 to 1974 in Hoboken, New Jersey and Westerly, Rhode Island. In 1997, under management by Fender, production resumed in Westerly. However, in 2001 the Westerly plant was closed and production moved to the Fender facility in Corona, California. Guild production in Corona ended in 2005, and resumed -- without the Starfire -- in Tacoma, Washington.

This Guild Starfire III in a nicely figured natural maple is in great shape, with no real wear. The original hardshell case is included. It has the factory Guild branded Bigsby, and uses the aluminum Bigsby bridge. An interesting detail is that at this time, the original Guild pickups were not available so Fender had them built by Seymour Duncan.

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