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Guild Starfire SF-III

Hollow bodied electric guitar

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Guild Starfire SF-III guitar
Guild Starfire III in custom brown finish. Image taken from the 1969 Guild catalogue
ModelStarfire III
Available1960-1973
PickupsDeArmond single coils (1960-63), humbuckers (1963-73)
Scale24 3/4"
BodyLaminated maple or mahogany. Bound front, and from 1962, back. 1 7/8" thick, 16 3/8" wide, 20 1/4" long
Neck1 piece set mahogany, rosewood fingerboard. 20 frets, dot inlays.
HardwareChrome plated. 2 volume and 2 tone controls, pickup selector switch. B-6 Bigsby vibrato.
FinishesStandard finishes: initially Cherry and later Sunburst (until 1967) Custom finishes: (from 1962), Ebony Grain, Emerald Green, and Amber - later Black, White, Blonde, Brown.

Early models in custom colours were sometimes given names to represent their colours; emerald green Starfires were called Emerald Star, and black ones, Blackfire

The Starfire III was a completely hollow bodied instrument - unlike the Starfire IV, V and VI which had the central block running along the length of the body (in the manner of the Gibson ES335TD). This model does have some similarities, in size, materials and construction to guitars made by other manufacturers, such as the Gibson ES-125TD and Epiphone Sorrento

  Guild Starfire III Gibson
ES-125TD
Epiphone Sorrento E452TD
body material maple or mahogany maple maple
neck mahogany mahogany mahogany
fingerboard rosewood rosewood rosewood
frets 20 20 20
scale 24 3/4" 24 3/4" 24 3/4"
neck/body join 14th fret 16th fret 16th fret
body width 16 3/8" 16 1/4" 16 1/4"
body length 20 1/4" 20 1/4" 20 1/4"
body depth 1 7/8" 1 3/4" 1 3/4"
pickups 2 single coil, or 2 humbuckers 2 single coil 2 mini humbuckers

Famous Starfire III users include Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), Dave Davies (Kinks) and Jim Armstrong (Them)

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mika p Comment left 29th July 2012 21:09:11
Guild Starfire are such underated guitars - every bit as good as a Gibson ES. Guild quality is amazing, don't know why people don't rave about these more. Mine is a 68 (I think) and the best i've ever owned. Great Site. Keep up the work!
terry mckibbin Comment left 15th February 2017 22:10:01
I had a Guild Starfire III in the mid sixties in Belfast this was a brown one (I believe Jim Armstrong owned it)there was a crack on the head stock it stayed in tune very well and I had it for several years before selling it on, have not seen one here in Canada,I'm sure there out there.fine guitar

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