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Guild Reintroduces Starfire Bass

Guild has reissued the Starfire Bass along with eight other models as part of their Newark St. Collection. Introduced in the ’60s, the original Starfire Bass was made popular by bands including the Byrds and Jefferson Airplane.

Guild Starfire Bass

The new model sports an extra-thin, semi-hollow body made of laminated mahogany finished in Cherry red and accented with black and ivory purfling. Its neck is a 3-piece laminate (two layers of mahogany and a center of maple) with a vintage soft “U” shape. The rosewood fingerboard holds 21 frets wiith pearloid dot position inlays.

The Starfire Bass is fitted with a Guild “Bi-Sonic” with Volume and Tone controls. Hardware includes a combo bridge-tailpiece with rosewood string saddles, Grover tuners, and dual finger rests on either side of the strings.

The 2013 Guild Starfire Bass carries an MSRP of $1,599. For more, check out the Guild Guitars website.

Guild Newark St. Collection Starfire Bass Specs:

  • Body Material: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Shape: Starfire Bass
  • Body Back: Arched Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Top: Arched Laminated Mahogany
  • Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Bracing: Center Block
  • Purfling: Black/Ivory White
  • F Holes Sound Holes: Unbound F Holes
  • Body Depth: 1.69˝ (47mm)
  • Body Length: 20.25˝ (514 mm)
  • Body Width Lower Bout: 16.38˝ (416 mm)
  • Body Binding: Ivory White with Black/White Purfling
  • Neck Shape: Vintage Soft “U”
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: 6105 (.055˝ Tall x .090˝ Wide)
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12˝ (305 mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: 3-Piece Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Nut Width: 1.5˝ (38.1 mm)
  • Scale Length: 30.75˝ (781 mm)
  • Headstock: Newark St.
  • Neck Binding: 1-Ply Ivory White
  • Truss Rods: Dual-Action Head Adjust
  • Truss Rod Nut: Hex
  • Bridge Pickup: Guild “Bi-Sonic” Bass
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel-Plated
  • Bridge: Guild Combo Bridge-Tailpiece with Rosewood String Saddles
  • Tuning Machines: Grover
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Pickguard: Opaque Plexi Pickguard with Guild Logo
  • Truss Rod Wrench: Yes
  • Strings: D’Addario EXL165 Nickel Wound Bass, Custom Light, (.045-.105 Gauges)
  • Unique Features: Thinline Double Cutaway Semi-Hollow Body; Guild Combo Bridge/Tailpiece; Dual Finger Rests; Chesterfield Headstock Inlay
  • Control Knobs: Black