Retrofret Stock # 5424. Guild Starfire III Special Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1968), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # EK-2891, cherry lacquer finish, laminated mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case. This 1968 Starfire III is one of the rarer 1960's Guilds we have seen, with several unusual features. The guitar dates to early 1968 and would have been a custom ordered instrument, possibly one of a kind. The finish is the standard cherry over sapele mahogany veneer but the pickups are white-top DeArmond units, replaced on this model starting in mid-1963 with Guild's own humbucking pickups. The original tuners are Grover Rotomatics (generally used only on much higher-end models) and the most unusual feature is pearloid block fingerboard inlay, which was never standard on a SF III. The label's handwritten ink sections are in very faded but the serial number dates to early '68 and the model designation "Starfire III-Spec." is legible upon close examination. Guild almost always helpfully indicated custom status on 1960's labels-any guitar marked "Spec" was a special order! More typical features for 1968 include the back-painted lucite pickguard with gold Guild logo and star emblem, black "G-logo" knobs and the Guild logo harp-shaped Bigsby tailpiece. This is a very classy and extremely good-playing thin-body electric; an unusual example of one of Guild's most popular designs. Compared to period Gibson or Gretsch models this is still a rather undervalued guitar.Overall length is 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout. Shows moderate play wear overall, especially on the back of the bass side of the neck where the finish is heavily rubbed off. Three touched up areas of finish loss on the lower bass bout, where the player's arm rests, and small areas of finish loss overall. Pro refret (taller than stock but not obnoxious) amd new nut; Bigsby bridge is fitted with a modern 3/3 Bigsby bridge saddle for proper intonation with an unwound G string. The pickup selector switch was replaced (likely long ago) but still carries the correct tip and mounting ring. This is a fine playing and sounding guitar, an extremely rare (possibly one-of-a-kind) '60's Starfire. Includes the original Guild-branded HSC. Generally Excellent Condition.
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