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 continuously 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.
Like all dual pickup Guild guitars stereo wiring was an optional extra for the Starfire V.
1969 Guild Starfire V in Cherry Red finish Image Heritage auctions
|Model||Starfire V, Starfire Deluxe|
|Pickups||Guild Humbuckers (occasionally DeArmond single coils)|
|Body||Laminated maple or mahogany. 1 7/8 " thick, 16 3/8 " wide, 20 1/4 " long|
|Neck||3 piece mahogany/maple - rosewood fingerboard. 22 frets, block inlays. Neck joins the body at the 16th (pre-'67) or 18th fret.|
|Hardware||Chrome 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.|
|Finishes||Standard finishes: initially Cherry and Sunburst. Custom finishes: Ebony Grain, Emerald Green, Amber, Black, White, Blonde, Brown and Natural Mahogany.|
1968 Guild catalog
The instrument to build your career on... the Starfire to give you full expression in the execution of today's demanding guitar parts. SF-V is a double pick-up model with 2 tone and 2 volume controls, toggle switch for pick-ups, master volume control and Guild Model Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece. Double cutaway body, inlaid fingerboard and deluxe pegs.
1969 Guild catalog
Prestige instrument to make you the man to call for the most demanding guitar parts.
1970 Guild catalog
Grover RotoMatic machines. Guild model Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Master volume. Sunburst or Blonde.
1971 Guild 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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