Guild Starfire IV - Vintage Sunburst

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Top, Back, and Sides, 3-pc Mahogany/Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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Thinline Playability with Insane Sustain and Stability

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 Hollowbody
Body Shape Doublecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Maple
Top Material Maple
Color Vintage Sunburst
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Vintage Soft U
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Dots
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece Guild Tune-O-Matic bridge with Stopbar tailpiece
Tuners Grover Sta-Tite Die-Cast
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup LB-1 Little Bucker humbucker
Bridge Pickup LB-1 Little Bucker humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way pickup selector
Strings D'Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound, Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock (.011-.049)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 379-2110-837

Customer Reviews

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I am absolutely in love with this guitar. The finish, the detail, the sound. Everything about this Guild is top notch. I was really excited to receive it and had high hopes but they exceeded my expectations. Awesome guitar!

Guild Starfire IV ST

Once again, Sweetwater is exceptional. Thanks to John Gillespie. The Starfire is a guitar I've been considering for a while; I had looked at some other models, but kept coming back to the Guild. The sunburst finish has always appealed to me, so I saw one on Sweetwater's site that weighed 7.6 pounds. Unusual in a semi-hollow, as they normally come in at 8 to 9 pounds. The guitar arrived in one day. Incredible service from Sweetwater. I can't say enough about them. On to the guitar. The finish and fit are flawless. It's very balanced tone-wise, the pickups are warm and bright at the same time without any ice-pickiness. The fretwork is absolutely perfect; I don't say that lightly, as I am very particular in that regard. The open-back Grover tuners are very high quality and add a vintage aesthetic. The semi-hollow has been played by Buddy Guy, Larry Carlton, Lee Rienour, Robben Ford, John Scofield, and many others. The Starfire is of such high quality that it easily meets and in some cases, exceeds guitars costing 2 to 3 times more. And on top of all of that, it comes with a TKL hardshell case. Keep up the great work, Guild and Sweetwater!!!
Music background: Professional Guitarist/Instructor/Composer

Fantastic Semi-Hollowbody From Guild!

I have been wanting a semi-hollow body guitar for quite some time and I finally decided to get one. I researched all my options for days before finally deciding on the Guild Starfire IV ST. I read so many good things about it and there was nothing I saw that looked nearly as nice for the money.After receiving the guitar I ban say I am just thrilled with this purchase! The Starfire is unbelievable well made! The fit and finish are perfect and I can't find a single flaw on it. It is sturdy, but still light enough to enjoy without fatigue. It came well setup from Sweetwater as usual and plays so very easy.My biggest concern when ordering was the pickups because I have never had a guitar with the Little Buckers in it. Well my worries were completely alleviated after just 15 minutes playing and a little tweaking of the pickup height. The sound is fantastic and very different from anything else I currently own.If you are looking for a great semi-hollow body guitar you owe it to yourself to try one these fine Guild guitars!

Great Guitar for the Money

I have only had this for a couple of days, but I would have to say to anyone fearing to purchase this because of far east manufacture (guitar is made in Korea - as far as I know in the same facility where the consumer Gretsch hollowbody guitars are made), don't let that stop you. Fit and finish is very good. Binding and inlays all look good - no noticable gaps or filler. Finish is very good. Guitar came set up with the bridge a little on the high side, but I lowered it and have no fretting out or buzzing issues. Tuners are open-back, but seem to work smoothly and stay in tune (strings are new, so I may update this later, once the strings are broken in) Pickups are bright and articulate, as you would expect from a minihumbucker, probably a little less grit than the average P90, but more grit than a medium output Fender single coil (say a tex-mex or similar). Think slightly underwound PAF and you have it. I would guess this could approximate either Gretsch or Gibson tones, though not perfectly - it's its own thing. Neck is a little brighter and chimier than you would expect in a 335. Neck is very comfortable for me - fretboard feels more spacious than my Epiphone Dot, even if the specs are similar. Quality is subjective, but I would rate this as high as my MIM and MIJ fenders - maybe higher.I got this on sale for around $800.00 - at that price I would give it 5 stars. At the $1100 street price, I am still tempted to give it 5, but competition is a little fiercer there, so 4 it is.A note on customer service. I had this guitar within two days, even though I picked free shipping. My sales rep (Luke) called me personally to let me know the guitar shipped and to recommend leaving it in the case a few hours after arrival to slowly come up to temperature - a nice touch. Guitar was set up pretty well and was playable right out of the box with only minor tuning. Action was slightly high, but not uncomfortable at all. Intonation was pretty close, allowing for environmental differences. All in all, I have been very satisfied with every Sweetwater guitar purchase (this is my third).
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Semi Hollows, Guild, Guild Semi-hollowbody Guitars