Guild Starfire IV - Cherry Red

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Laminated Mahogany Top, Back, and Sides, 3-pc Mahogany/Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Cherry Red
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A Classic '60s Hollowbody Returns

Guild's Starfire IV semi-hollowbody electric guitar brings you the graceful feel of the popular Starfire model from the '60s, with a thinline body style that's incredibly comfortable to play. You get a feel that's closer to a standard electric guitar, but with the organic, resonant tone you can only get from a semi-hollowbody. And the Starfire IV's tone is as distinct as its looks, with a pair of hum-canceling LB-1 "Little Bucker" pickups with their own tone and volume controls to fine-tune your sound. Call Sweetwater to add the undeniably sweet sound of the Guild Starfire IV to your collection today.

Guild Starfire IV Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:

  • Based on a classic Guild semi-hollowbody
  • 3-piece neck for long-lasting playability
  • Rich tone from a pair of Anti-Hum pickups
Based on a classic Guild hollowbody

Based on the Starfire from the '60s, this Guild Starfire IV semi-hollowbody packs all the mojo that made the original such a popular guitar during the rock revolution. Dual humbuckers and the thinline design make this guitar as ready for rock as it is for country or blues.

3-piece neck for long-lasting playability

Multi-piece necks are stronger and more rigid than single-piece necks, resisting twisting and warping over the years. Treat it well, and you'll get a lifetime of exceptional playability from the Guild Starfire IV semi-hollowbody.

Wide-ranging tone from a pair of humbucking pickups

The Guild Starfire IV 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 IV can sound in just about any genre.

Guild Starfire IV Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Thinline semi-hollowbody based on the '60s Guild Starfire
  • Hum-canceling LB-1 pickups
  • Exceptional tone and looks from laminated mahogany back, sides, and top
  • 3-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck for long-term playability
  • Grover Sta-Tite tuners give you excellent tuning stability
  • Hard case included
Bring back the '60s-rock vibe with the Guild Starfire IV!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape Doublecut
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 3-piece Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage Soft "U"
Radius 9.45"
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid dots
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.650"
Bridge/Tailpiece Guild Tune-O-Matic with Rosewood Base and Guild Harp 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 379-2100-866

Customer Reviews

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First of all, kudos to Dan Robinson of Sweetwater for his valuable input and help. I remember when I was very young (a long time ago!), before I knew anything at all about guitars, I would see Chet Atkins playing his Gretches, a few others playing Gibsons, and several playing Guilds. For some reason, I got warm fuzzies about the Guilds more than any other. Maybe it was the name, I don't know. It would be years before I got into guitars and started leaning about them. I'm so glad Guild is back making guitars under their own moniker. I just can't say enough about this guitar! It arrived to me flawless. It really must be seen to be appreciated. It is a joy just to look at! With the intonation right on and the action set to the way I like it, this baby is such a joy to play, making the sounds that only a semi-hollow or hollow body can make! The P/U's are fantastic, the dirty sings, and the clean is creme! The double-cut is gorgeous and I love the 9 1/2" radius neck so much more than the flatter radius' on so many guitars these days. Trust me, the ES-335's have nothing on this guitar, and at a third of the price! I did contemplate on spending this much on a guitar, but now I'm so glad I bit the bullet and did it! It will now be added to my PRS and Strat guitars to make a full arsenal of sounds and playing enjoyment! If you're thinking about a semi-hollow body guitar, you really owe it to yourself to include this baby in your selection list... you will not be disappointed!

Made to be played and more !

WOW and more ! Now I understand why so may of this guitars previous reviews rate it so highly. Count me in. Love the tone, feel, look, tone...oh wait I said that already. When Guild says their guitars are made to be played, they're not kidding. I had a hard time putting it down just to write this review. Well, back to more playing. Wow what great tone and playability !

top quality guitar

I have always had an obsession with the guild starfire iv. I think it looks great and is a nice alternative for a 335. When I heard that Guild is starting the model again, I was excited, but hesitant. Like many, I was unsure of the quality, since it is made in Korea (not that these guitars are bad, but quality is usually more variable than American made guitars). I was also not a big fan of how Fender was handling the Guild company. But once this guitar is in your hands, and you strike your first string, all that goes away.As soon as I held the guitar it just felt good. Chunkier neck but very playable (and my hands are average size), all appointments spot on. I couldn't find a single imperfection in the build. My biggest hesitation before buying this guitar was the pickups. Guild starfire pickups are not easy to swap out, as not many makers make these pickups. But luckily I didn't even want to swap them out when I played it. The pickups are so clear and articulate. The neck is clear and warm. The middle position is very usable and quacky. The bridge is very well balanced with the neck position. Honestly, I am so delightfully surprised by how good these pickups are. If you have always wanted a guild starfire iv, but are hesitant about the quality of this run of guitars, don't be. You won't be disappointed.
Music background: playing guitar for 15 years


Plays everything like I wanted it to be. Tone sounds huge with very nice sustain and plays like a dream
Music background: Live music

Music man of Tulsa

I've always wanted a Starfire by Guild. I'm glad that Fender is now making these great instruments again. The one I just received was in perfect shape no gliches. I did have the 11-51 guage strings replaced with 9-47 gauge strings and had my Luthier adjust the trust rods in the neck. Besides that it plays great the pickups in this guitar are great and the sustain is wonder. Buy one one of mose underrated guitars made, they are really instruments. People in the buisness of music that own a Guild regardless on what type, seem to never get rid of them. Good investment and well worth the money.
Music background: Hobbist and been playing since I was 8 years old (55+ yrs)
See also: Semi Hollows, Guild, Guild Semi-hollowbody Guitars