The Guild Starfire III was a dual pickup, single-cutaway electric acoustic guitar, produced by Guild in Hoboken, New Jersey from 1960, and Westerly, Rhode Island from 1967. It differed from the Starfire II in that it was fitted with a Guild model Bigsby Tremolo. The early Starfire guitars (Starfire I-III) evolved from the T100 Slim Jim, and are more akin to the Gibson ES-125TD than the 335-styled Starefire IV-VI.
|Pickups||DeArmond single coils (1960-63), humbuckers (1963-73)|
|Body||Laminated maple or mahogany. Bound front, and from 1962, back. 1 7/8" thick, 16 3/8" wide, 20 1/4" long|
|Neck||1 piece set mahogany, rosewood fingerboard. 20 frets, dot inlays.|
|Hardware||Chrome plated. 2 volume and 2 tone controls, pickup selector switch. B-6 Bigsby vibrato.|
|Finishes||Standard 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.
Like all dual pickup Guild guitars stereo wiring was an optional extra for the Starfire III.
|Guild Starfire III||Gibson ES-125TD||Epiphone Sorrento
|body material||maple or mahogany||maple||maple|
|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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