The Guild Starfire VI (or Starfire 6) was a particularly fine variant of the Guild Starfire series, with all the appointments and functionality of the brand's finest guitars: gold hardware, Guild-branded Bigsby tailpiece, ebony fretboard with two-tone mother-of-pearl/abalone block inlays and G-shield headstock inlay. It had the same double cutaway body style (with center block) as the Starfire IV and V, and really was a superb looking instrument. Starfire VI controls were a volume and tone for each pickup, with a master volume control too. It was also available (optionally, and at a premium) with stereo circuitry, and (from the early 1970s) pickup phase switch.
1965 Guild Starfire VI in Sunburst finish Image Heritage auctions
Late 1970s Guild Starfire VI in Brown finish. Note the harp tailpiece and SF-6 truss rod cover markings Image Heritage auctions
The Starfire VI was launched in 1964 and remained part of the Guild line through to 1978. It was included in the September 1978 Guild price list, and in the 1978 Guild catalog, though with a page marked no longer available! From 1976 the Starfire VI (now called the SF-6) was offered with either Guild Bigsby or harp tailpiece ($940 vs $850 respectively in the November 1976 Guild price list). From 1977 the harp tailpiece became the standard, and the Bigsby was only available by special order.
|Model||Starfire VI, Super Starfire|
|Body||Laminated maple. 1 7/8 " thick, 16 3/8 " wide, 20 1/4 " long|
|Hardware||Gold plated. 2 volume and 2 tone controls, master volume, pickup selector switch. Guild Bigsby vibrato (optional from 1976). 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.|
The Starfire VI was described as follows in the 1968 Guild catalog
Every luxury feature you've ever wanted in a thin-body electric guitar... plus the prestige that is yours with ownership of the finest in the Starfire series. Model SF-VI has all the features of the SF-V, as well as an inlaid ebony fingerboard, mother-of-pearl position markers, bound f-holes with Mexican abalone inserts, gold-plated pick-ups, and gold-plated Guild Model Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece. Double cutaway body.
1965/1966 Guild catalog
so new... a photo of the SF-VI is not available at catalog press-time!
1968 Guild catalog
Every luxury feature you've ever wanted in a thin-body electric guitar... plus the prestige that is yours with ownership of the finest in the Starfire series
1969 Guild catalog
The 1969-1971 catalogs show the Starfire SF-VI in standard sunburst finish
1970 Guild catalog
SF-VI — Super Starfire. Finest in the Starfire series. Inlaid ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl position markers and Mexican abalone insets. Bound f-holes. Gold-plated Grover Roto-Matic machines. Gold-plated pick-ups and gold-plated Guild Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece. Master volume.
1975 Guild catalogue
Top of the Starfire series... an instrument that equips you to dominate any musical situation with ease. All the advantages of acoustic resonance, plus the intimacy of a very thin body. Point this guitar in the right direction; it'll take you wherever you want to go. Gold plated hardware throughout.
1978 Guild catalogue
The finest semi-acoustic in its class ...and so right for so many musical situations. All the advantages of acoustic resonance, plus the intimacy of a very thin body. The arched top and back are made of premium grade selected woods, finished with the greatest care. The tone is distinctively Starfire.
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