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1978 Guild B302F fretless bass
1978 Guild B302F fretless The B302F is the fretless version of the Guild B302, which, along with the B301 were Guilds new bass offerings for the late 1970s. Guild hadn't really came up with a innovative bass design since the low-selling Jetstar of the mid-1960s. This is not to say they didn't make fantastic basses; far from it, but the Starfire, JS and Bluesbird (M-85) basses of the late 1960s - mid 1970s could all be said to be derivatives of designs by Gibson (the EB2, EB0/3 and Les Paul bass respectively). So the B301/302 series was something new, not just in looks; it had a new design bridge and pickups too, although the actual construction (mahogany body, set mahogany neck) was traditional Guild. This bass paved the way for many new bass designs into the 1980s, some very unusual indeed. Have a listen to this bass here.
1967 Guild Capri CE-100
1967 Guild Capri CE-100 A closer look at a 1967 Guild CE-100. The Capri was a full-depth archtop, and Guild's first guitar with a Florentine cutaway - and a very sucessful model too; staying in the Guild catalogue in one form or another from 1958 until 1984. Stylistic similarities between models such as the ES-125C and ES-175 can be made, but this guitar is every bit as good quality as the better known Gibsons.
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Guild Starfire SF-V
Hollow bodied electric guitar

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Guild Starfire SF-V guitar
Guild Starfire V in custom ebony grain finish. Image taken from the 1969 Guild catalogue
ModelStarfire V, Starfire Deluxe
Available1963-73
PickupsGuild Humbuckers (ocassionally DeArmond single coils)
Scale24 3/4"
BodyLaminated maple or mahogany. 1 7/8 " thick, 16 3/8 " wide, 20 1/4 " long
Neck3 piece mahogany/maple - rosewood fingerboard. 22 frets, block inlays. Neck joins the body at the 16th (pre-'67) or 18th fret.
HardwareChrome plated. 2 volume and 2 tone controls, master volume, pickup selector switch. Guild Bigsby vibrato. Kolb tuners, then Grover RotoMatics from 1965. Optional stereo circuitry.
FinishesStandard finishes: initially Cherry and Sunburst. Custom finishes: Ebony Grain, Emerald Green, Amber, Black, White, Blonde, Brown and Natural Mahogany.

The Starfire V, SF-V, or Starfire Deluxe was launched in 1963 alongside the Starefire IV, which went on to be the best selling Starfire of all, and the only one to be continously available. A few changes were made - the tuners were upgraded from 1965, and the neck/body join moved in 1967 (as it did for the Starfire IV and VI) from the 16th to 18th fret. Different pickups were employed - aswell as the usual Starfire small and larger humbuckers, some models were fitter with DeArmond pickups - mounted in pickup rings in regular humbucker sized routes.

1969 Guild catalogue1969 catalogue
Prestige instrument to make you the man to call for the most demanding guitar parts.

1970 Guild catalogue1970 catalogue
Grover RotoMatic machines. Guild model Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Master volume. Sunburst or Blonde.

1971 Guild catalogue1971 catalogue
New humbucking pickups! More output than ever. All guitars and basses listed in this folder are equipped with Guild's newest pick-ups

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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
Brian Williams Comment left 16th November 2011 05:05:31
Just wondering if the pick of the Dearmonds from the 90's onwards might be added. Some of them are quite desirable, even if they're are not quite as good as most of the Guilds. Of course, I know it would probably mean extra unpaid work for somebody other than me so fair dos if you kick it into touch.

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