Guild Starfire III with Guild Vibrato - Cherry Red

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Arched Laminated Maple Top, Laminated Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Cherry Red
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A Thinline Hollowbody Any Player Can Appreciate

Grab the Guild Starfire III hollowbody electric guitar for a rock 'n' roll guitar with rich, organic tone. You'll feel unhindered by the Starfire III's thinline body style that's comfortable to wear and play over long gigs. You'll hit your amplifier with the warm, organic tones hollowbody guitars are known for, with natural resistance to howling feedback from the thin body. Factor in a pair of LB-1 "Little Bucker" pickups and a Guild vibrato tailpiece, and you'll be primed for classic rock and more with the Guild Starfire III.

Guild Starfire III Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Based on a classic '60s design
  • Wide tonal range makes this a great guitar for many styles
  • Thinline body style gives you hollowbody tone without the bulk
Based on a classic '60s design

Part of Guild's Newark Street Collection, the Starfire III hollowbody is based on a classic '60s design. So many of the iconic sounds of the '60s rock revolution were created with hollowbody guitars such as the Starfire. With this modern reissue, you get incredible tonal versatility with an unmistakably vintage vibe.

Wide tonal range makes this a great guitar for many styles

The Guild Starfire III is outfitted with a pair of smaller, hum-canceling LB-1 "Little Bucker" pickups. Originally designed in the 1960s, the Little Buckers were an alternative to single-coil pickups. The output sits somewhere between a single-coil and a vintage-style PAF humbucker, offering more jangle than a PAF, but a little more warmth than a traditional single-coil. Factor in the 3-way pickup selector, and you'll discover how good the Starfire III can sound in just about any genre.

Thinline body style gives you hollowbody tone without the bulk

Many electric guitar players are curious about hollowbody guitars for their unique tone but may consider them too big or bulky compared to most electrics. If that sounds like you, you'll definitely want to check out the thinline body of the Starfire III. Slightly less than 2" deep, the hollow Starfire III has the warm, resonant sound you'd expect from a hollowbody, while being much more comfortable for guitarists used to thin electrics. Also, the thinner body is less prone to howling feedback from your amplifier than traditional hollowbodies.

Guild Starfire III Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Hollow electric guitar with a very comfortable thinline body style
  • Guild vibrato tailpiece gives you extra expression and a vintage vibe
  • Dual LB-1 "Little Bucker" pickups with individual volume and tone controls for a wide tonal range
  • Based on a classic '60s Guild design
  • Hard case included
The rock revolution returns in the Guild Starfire III!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Singlecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Mahogany
Top Material Arched Laminated Mahogany
Color Cherry Red
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage soft "U"
Radius 9.45"
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Nut Width 1.650"
Bridge/Tailpiece Guild Tune-O-Matic bridge with Rosewood base, Guild vibrato tailpiece
Tuners Grover Sta-Tite die-cast tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Guild LB-1 humbucker
Bridge Pickup Guild LB-1 humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Strings D'Addario EXL115, (.011-.049)
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 379-2005-866

Customer Reviews

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Couldn't be happier

This really is a fantastic guitar - I'm in love :) really nice build, beautiful finish, and comes with a hard case. The variety of tones that you can get out of her is amazing - i figured that the clean tones were going to be good, my only concern was that i might need to travel with a second guitar for some of my gigs/sessions that require distortion (wasn't sure how the hollow body would handle it) but this guitar actually handles heavy driven sounds much better than i thought it would - i haven't had any issues at all. Granted i don't play in a metal band, but i can't find anything bad to say about it - came beautifully set up and you really can't beat Sweetwater's service. Kevin is amazing. Kept in touch with me throughout the process (i had a short time frame where i was in the US), organised the shipping perfectly for me - really pleasant experience.

Awesome guitar - Amazing service

Ok, i like to get any negatives out straight away - there aren't really any, the only thing i'd say straight up is that this guitar isn't for metal, but i can't imagine anyone going for a hollowbody expecting to sound like Slayer so really i think that's expected and negligible.Now, to the good stuff - this guitar sounds fantastic, you can get a great range of sounds from the different pickup selections, the vibrato works like a charm and i haven't had any tuning issues and although as i mentioned before, it's probably not gonna suit a metal setup, i am pleasantly suprised with the amount of overdrive you can push this too with no real feedback issues. Mine came set up beautifully, works really well for the types of music i play and it comes with a really nice solid hardcase (which is a big deal for me because i gig quite a lot and hard cases are a must for me in some of the locations i gig at - i live on a small Caribbean island and many of my gigs involve drunk tourists who end up coming up on the stage to dance and inevitably something is gonna get spilled on my gear at some point). One other thing that's kinda nice is that you can actually practice without an amp - my brother actually asked me if it was an acoustic as well as an electric. Sure, an amp is prefferable, but if u just need to get in a lil practice session and for some reason don't have any amplification to hand, you'll definitely be able to hear the guitar at a decent level.Add to that the fantastic service (Kevin dealt with my order and really accomodated me - never had a bad experience with Sweetwater) and you've got yourself a pretty sweet deal.

Great Guitar - blues, jazz, rock!!

Great Guitar! Takes me back to the 60's blues & rock tones I grew up with! Excellent playability, first class finish, lightweight, great classic sound - after switching out the strings for some pure nickels, all the fat tones from the golden years of rock & blues were at my fingertips. I play mostly clean with natural tube breakup and the Starfire III shines. Occasionally, I venture into some jazz (great mellow tones). Surf sounds (with appropriate amplifier reverb effects) are also quite plausible. Probably not gonna be a great metal axe however. For me, this fits my playing style perfectly. I have loved the '335 types, owned a few, but the weight always made me yearn for something lighter. Make no mistake, the Starfire does not sound exactly like a '335 - nothing really does - it has it's own unique tone enabling it to stand out from the crowd in a sweet, hollowbody way! . . . or get nasty as the music directs. This is my first Bigsby equipped guitar, played a few stratocasters over the years, the Bigsby is quite different - haven't mastered the positioning yet, but the Bigsby effect is awesome. I use it lightly. This is not a "value guitar" - one that has a "good for the money" reputation. This is an excellent guitar . . . period. If a hollow or semi-hollow body tone is what you are looking for, you could spend thousands more and not do any better! As usual, the service from Sweetwater was excellent - fast shipping, excellent packing, great set-up - take it out of box and you are ready to play. First class guitar, first class service!

Return of the Starfire III

I had previously received a Starfire III as a gift from my parents back in 1967. It was my first “real guitar”. Many years later, life priorities changed and I sold the guitar. I always regretted selling it. When Guild introduced the Newark Street Starfire III, I realized now is the time to replace my old Starfire III. The new guitar has flawless fit and finish and sounds as good as the old one, as best that I can remember. The Tune-O-Matic bridge is different from the 1967 model, but I considerate an upgrade, as intonation can be adjusted more accurately. Working with Sweetwater was a good experience and delivery was timely.

Teenage Dream comes true after 50 years!

In December 1966 my hometown music store in Germany blew my mind with an awesome display of American icons like Fender, Gibson, VOX and Guild electrics. The one guitar that really left a huge impression was a semi-hollow, sunburst Guild Starfire with a single cutaway: I had heard Dave Davies of the Kinks on the radio, and this punchy guitar tone “Really Got Me”.Fast Forward to 2016 and the reason for writing this review:At the ripe age of 65, I own several nice guitars, including a fine Gretsch Chet Atkins (from Sweetwater)and seven Teles. Now, I finally own a Starfire III with a cherry red, laminated Mahogany top, sides and body, as well as a very comfortable Mahogany neck plus a Guild-branded Bigsby tremolo bar. The Guild Newark Street line of instruments also features the small peculiar Guild humbuckers, with a tone somewhere between a PAF and a P-90. This special humbucker can evoke ES-335 jazzy tones plus has the fresh dirt of the raunchy bridge pickup. The in-between setting (both pickups active) is a no-compromise combination of both tones. My Starfire III came set up, tuned and intonated perfectly from Sweetwater, thanks to sales engineer Tom Koch’s immediate attention to my order. Photos arrived the next day as usual, making the short wait more bearable. The Starfire in its protective case was on the road barely a couple of days –not even long enough for the strings to be detuned!The quality workmanship shows everywhere on this gorgeous guitar, although mine had a tiny clear-coat flaw inside the upper F-hole. I already detected this tiny flaw on the Sweetwater site photos and my sales engineer Tom Koch agreed right away to sell it at a slight discount. The guitar is a truly professional instrument and plays like a dream. It is easy on your shoulder, but is sturdy and still sounds like a bigger instrument despite its thin hollow body. A little controlled feedback always makes my eyes water, but let me stress here that this instrument is not exactly “feedback prone” –you’re always in control and can make feedback happen if it fits your style. Even though this Guild is brand new, it comes with tons of Mojo straight from the factory in Korea: A distinct “Peter Green”-flavored woody Blues tone (neck pickup) and of course the Kinks growl (from the bridge) are my rewards for waiting 50 years to finally own this guitar. The Guild-branded Bigsby tremolo is a pleasure to use apart from its awesome vintage appearance. When listening to these tones coming out of my amps (Fender Bassman LTD Reissue, Fender Twin Reverb Custom 15 and VOX AC30 + VOX AC15), I can truly say that this Starfire III is a classy axe. This guitar finally “Really Got Me”, after 50 years.
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