1997 Guild Starfire 4 Blonde Maple Thinline Guitar (consignment) SOLD


Comments Today we have a beautiful 1997 Guild Starfire 4 Blonde Maple Thinline Guitar, in great condition. Guild introduced the Starfire line in 1960 as a hollow thin body guitar with single cutaway. The Starfire IV and V models appeared in 1963, as double cutaway models with solid center blocks. The Starfire V was discontinued in 1973 and the Starfire IV in 1987. The Starfire VI, with fancier appointments, was built between 1964 and 1979.’Reissue’ models, made between 1991 and 2005, are named with Arabic numerals rather than Roman.This is a wonderful example of the 1997 Guild Starfire 4 Blonde, with a stunning maple set. The neck is mahogany to reduce some of the brightness of maple guitars and round the tone slightly. The Guild Starfire pickups at this point were made by Seymour Duncan, and have a somewhat brighter, more vocal sound than other humbuckers.
Serial Number AG000419, built during 1997 at the Guild shop in Westerly, Rhode Island.
Pricing $1,500.00 Canadian with original hardshell case. SOLD
Neck Three-piece mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard and dot position markers. 24.75 inch scale length.
Frets Original frets with minor wear in the lower positions.
Body Guild Thinline double-cutaway body. This design has a slightly squarer and wider lower bout than the obvious comparison, the Gibson ES-335. The body is about an inch wider. Highly flamed maple laminate top, back and sides with a maple center block. The top and back are bound, with a black/white/black/white purfling layer. The F-holes are not bound.
Finish Clear Gloss finish in very good condition.
Hardware/electronics All original chrome hardware. Grover RotoMatic tuners, chrome tune-o-matic style bridge with stop tailpiece, two Guild pickups by Seymour Duncan; pickup selector, individual volume and tone controls.
Playability/Action This guitar plays very well, and I’m not just saying that because I like these guitars. The neck is not as slim as 60’s and early 70’s models; it’s perhaps similar to but a bit less chunky than a current Gibson ES-335 neck profile. The action is a normal height, there’s room to move it around, and it plays cleanly.
Case Guild archtop, hardshell case included.


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