This '73 Guild Starfire is one bass that impresses from the word "go." The curves on this double-cutaway, semi-hollowbody are as iconic as they come, but it's the sunburst that really kills us. Normally you'd only see one on maple body, but when sprayed over mahogany like this, it's just jaw dropping. It doesn't disappoint at all when you pick it up either. At a mere 8.1 lbs it's surprisingly light and really just becomes an extension of your body. While the pickups of the earlier iteration get a lot of press, the humbuckers that these later models are loaded up with are just as impressive. We've gotten to do some side by side comparisons and they're darn close, showing that the rest of the formula is what gets you most of the way there. That's the mahogany construction, the 30.5" scale length, the Hagstrom bridge with its wooden saddles, and placement of the pickups themselves. The back pickup has more low-end than you'll ever need, so you can get the warmest, thumpiest tone you could ever want, or flip to the front pickup for a much more focused attack. There's some wear in the paint in the form of light nicks and scratches, but nothing out of the ordinary for a guitar of this vintage. It's been well cared for and there are no breaks, repairs or mods. We love it to death, and know that you won't be disappointed.
|1973||Very Good||Sunburst||Original Hard|
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