Guild Starfire II ST - Natural

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Top, Back, and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Natural
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Stripped Down and Ready to Play

Grab the Guild Starfire II hollowbody electric for a rock 'n' roll guitar with rich, organic tone. You'll feel unhindered by the Starfire II's thinline body style that's comfortable to wear and play over long gigs. You'll hit your amplifier with warm, organic tones thanks to the guitar's hollow construction. Factor in the pair of LB-1 "Little Bucker" pickups and the Guild Starfire II is primed for classic rock and more.

Guild Starfire II hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Stripped-down '60s design
  • LB-1 Little Bucker pickups
  • Thinline body style gives you hollowbody tone without the bulk
Stripped-down '60s design

Part of Guild's Newark Street Collection, the Starfire II hollowbody is based on a classic '60s design. But it does it in a straight-forward package that looks great on a rock 'n' roll stage. The hardtail bridge design adds great sustain and tuning stability to the instrument. And the Starfire's hollow design is responsible for so many of the iconic sounds of the '60s rock revolution. With this modern reissue, you get incredible tonal versatility with an unmistakably vintage vibe.

LB-1 Little Bucker pickups

The Guild Starfire II is outfitted with a pair of 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. They offer 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 why the Starfire are so popular here at Sweetwater.

hollowbodies are the best of both worlds

Slightly less than 2" deep, the hollow Starfire II has the warm, resonant sound you'd expect from a hollowbody. Its thickness ensures that it will remain comfortable for guitarists who are used to solidbody electrics. The Starfire II gives you all of the detailed warmth that a great hollowbody offers with punch and stability of a thinline electric guitar.

Guild Starfire II Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Hollow electric guitar
  • Dual LB-1 "Little Bucker" pickups offer a wide tonal range
  • Tune-o-matic bridge adds tuning stability and sustain
  • Minimal aesthetic appointments give the guitar a straight-up look
  • Hollow construction blends benefits of hollow and thinline guitars
The rock revolution returns in the Guild Starfire II.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Mahogany
Color Natural
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage Soft U
Radius 9.5"
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dot
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.675"
Nut Material NuBone
Bridge/Tailpiece Guild Tune-O-Matic bridge with Stopbar tailpiece
Tuners Guild Vintage-style Open Gear
Neck Pickup LB-1 humbucker
Bridge Pickup LB-1 humbucker
Controls 2 x vol, 2 x tone, 3-way pickup toggle
Strings D'Addario® EXL115 Nickel Wound, Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock, (.011-.049 Gauges)
Manufacturer Part Number 379-2000-850

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I give this guitar 4.5 stars. By now you should know most guitar companies keep costs down by manufacturing some of their models overseas (enjoy that scarf joint on the neck). This particular model is one of those guitars. Having a guitar that is made in America there is a different feel of quality you get when compared to an overseas brand. It's a hard feeling to describe but it is there nonetheless. That being said, this Starfire II ST is a lot of fun to play. It is well made. You'll enjoy how light it is and you will miss that once you pick up a solid body. I do love my ES-335 but it is noticeably heavier than the Guild. If you want to play for hours and not worry about your back, this is the guitar for you. Oh, and beware of the size of this one. I put it next to my Epiphone jumbo acoustic and it is almost the same size. For fun I'd love to see Angus Young play one of these as an SG looks huge on him. The pickups are hard to describe. Maybe if a single coil has recently put on a few lbs. but realized it doesn't want to turn into a humbucker so it signs up for Crossfit. They have their own unique sound and identity and make a fine addition to anyone's sonic palette. I'm still dialing them in with my rig. I normally play through a Zoom G5n and have my levels set where I like them with the 335. When I play the Guild, the levels are all over the place. Creating a separate patch with all the same pedals using lower levels should do the trick. Just be aware you may have to do some fine tuning with your gear. While this guitar is technically a hollowbody, there are two pieces of wood beneath the bridge and tailpiece. Get too close to your amp and it will howl with feedback, but then again stand in the right spots and you'll get a sound that's hard to beat. Strum this guitar unplugged and you get a little bit of a growl. Pretty cool. The neck is a medium thickness and pretty comfy in the hand. Overall, this is a cool guitar that brings back a classic design from Guild.
See also: Hollowbodies, Guild, Guild Hollowbody Guitars