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1968 Guild Starfire Bass I

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1968 Guild Starfire Bass

The Guild Starfire bass changed a little throughout the 1960s, but this is a typical 1968 one-pickup model. The pickup is a Hagstrom Bi-Sonic single coil; a well regarded unit, and is situated at the neck. Earlier one-pickup Starfire basses had it in the bridge position, but this changed at some point in 1966. Hagstrom built guitars in Sweden during the 1950s-1970s, under their own, and other brand names, also providing components for other manufacturers. Another Hagstrom part on this bass is the bridge. Again slightly changed (in shape only) from earlier Starfires, this bridge stayed in use into the 1970s.

Like many hollow-body guitars of the period, this Starfire has a maple body and short-scale (30 1/2") mahogany neck. Although available in custom colors, the Sunburst finish on this bass was available as standard (along with Cherry red, although Cherry models usually had a mahogany veneer). Note the model name on the truss-rod cover, and Chesterfield inlay with three-black stripes; a typical 1960s feature. The finger rests are offset in this example - though numerous Guild Starfires had the level with each other.

At this time, the price of a single-pickup Guild Starfire-I was $350 (Nov. '67), which was actually less than the equivalent Gibson EB2 at $395 (Sept. '67). With high-end features such as the Chesterfield inlay and front and back binding, the Guild must have given serious competition to the better known Gibson, although by this time hollow-body basses were losing ground to solid body models. In fact, the Starfire bass was tonally quite distinct from the Gibson equivalent models; it's single coil Bi-sonic being a lot less boomy than the heavily-wound humbuckers fitted to the Gibson.

1968 Guild Starfire bass - a closer look

1968 Guild Starfire Bass - Hagstrom bisonic pickup
This bass is fitted with the very distinctive looking Hagstrom Bi-sonic single coil pickup. The four pole pieces (upper row) are height adjustable via four screws (lower row).
1968 Guild Starfire Bass - Hagstrom adjustable bass bridge
The Guild Starfire (along with the solid body Guild JS bass) was fitted with a Hagstrom adjustable bass bridge - a simple design with rosewood saddles.
1968 Guild Starfire Bass - rear body detail
The beautifully finished sunburst body was completed with three-ply (white/black/white) body binding front and back.
1968 Guild Starfire Bass - heel detail
The neck is unbound, though where the body meets the neck, the binding also extends to a heel cap.
1968 Guild Starfire Bass - headstock detail with Chesterfield inlays and model-designated truss rod cover
Headstock detail with Chesterfield inlays and model-designated truss rod cover. Note also that the headstock front (though not neck) is also bound
1968 Guild Starfire Bass - headstock reverse
The reverse of the headstock is not bound, but it does hold the basses serial number. Tuning keys are open gear Klusons, as fitted to many other similar basses of the period.

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Vintage Original 1968 Guild Starfire II Electric Bass Guitar With Original Case

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10002, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3999

This vintage original 1968 Guild Starfire II Bass is a nice and clean all original example that plays and sounds just incredible. The double pickup version of the Starfire Bass. Pickups sound amazing, super warm and full of vintage tone. Very organic tones. Neck is straight and plays fantastic all the way up and down without any buzz or issues. Set up with IT flat wound strings. Super warm vintage Hollowbody tones. Original hard case included. Guitar is exactly as pictured. Buyer pays $65 ... more

1967 Guild Starfire Hollowbody Bass Cherry Red

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10002, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2799

Vintage original 1967 Guild Starfire Hollowbody Bass in original Cherry Red finish. Bass plays and sounds killer. Neck is straight and plays with a good low action all the way up and down. Original Guild pickup is super warm and fat and sounds amazing. There are some signs of age and wear, but all original and generally excellent condition. Comes with original hardshell Guild hard case, too. Buyer pays $75 shipping in the USA, $125 to Hawaii or Alaska, $250 International, $300 to Australia. Pay ... more

1972 Vintage Guild Starfire II Semi Hollow 4 String Bass Guitar, Original, Humbk

HANOVER, MASSACHUSETTS, 02339, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1899

1972 VINTAGE GUILD STARFIRE II SEMI HOLLOW 4 STRING BASS GUITAR, ORIGINAL, HUMBUCKERS The 1960s Guild Starfire bass has in recent years been re-gaining attention as one of the decade's most distinctive bass guitars. This 1972 model gives you most of the same attributes as the original 60’s model with the addition of humbucker pickups replacing the single coils giving it a tough, fuller tone. Despite its general resemblance to the Gibson EB-2 and Epiphone Rivoli, the Starfire is a completely ... more

1966 Guild Starfire Hollowbody Bass Cherry with OHSC

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, 13202, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1999

Double-cut semi-hollow thinbody, 1 pickup, mahogany neck, chrome-plated hardware, cherry finish, brazilian rosewood fretboard. Neck widths are 1 55" at the 1st fret, 1 732" at the 5th, and 1 95" at the 12th. Neck thickness is .885" at the 1st fret, .9215" at the 5th, and .976" at the 12th. Nut width is 1 525 " . US Sales only due to fretboard wood. OHSC.... more

1973 GUILD STARFIRE BASS ll - 2 PICKUP - BLACK - ANDY BAXTER BASS

LEEDS, LS8, UNITED KINGDOM

£2595

1973 GUILD STARFIRE BASS 2 - BLACKSERIAL:85155 WEIGHT: 8lbs 14 5oz *All stock can be tried out at our showroom. Email or call for an appointment* Andy Baxter Bass & Guitars Ltd - Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 * By appointment * SOUNDCLOUD AUDIO: https: / / soundcloud com / andy-baxter-bass-guitar / 73-guild-black-starfiretone-fulloffback-pick-upfrontpick-boost Description: 1973 Guild Starfire Bass II with a very rare Black finish. Serial number:85155. This instrument is in exceptional condition with ... more

Guild 1972 Starfire Bass I Cherry Red Mahogany With Original Hard Case

KOBE-SHI,HYOGO, JAPAN

$3105

Hello, I will support your music life from Japan I will do my utmost for the service you satisfy. Item Description Guild's semi-acco bass 1972 Starfire Bass I! The Guild Starfire Bass has a 30 5 inch scale on the center block and mahogany semi-hollow body This is a 72 year Starfire Bass I with one Guildback humbucker pickup and a tone switch added While the sound pressure is due to the mahogany hollow body and the high output humbucker pickup, it features a sound with a core by the center block ... more

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clark austell Comment left 19th June 2012 08:08:52 reply
I am looking for a nice starfire bass with bisonics or darkstars. twin pup pref. cash waiting
joe scungio Comment left 20th February 2012 18:06:10 reply
what is a 1973 starfire bass worth? in a good condition ?

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