Guild guitars have announced 3 additions to their popular Starfire Series of instruments. Guild Starfires have defined semi-hollow body electric guitar design since coming onto the music scene in the early 1960’s.
STARFIRE VI SPECIAL IN KINGSWOOD GREEN
The crème of the crop for Guild’s Starfire line, the Starfire VI Special has it all—premium materials, top of the line inlays, and an authentic 1960s design that honors the Starfire’s 60 year heritage while giving today’s players some modern performance enhancements. New for 2023, the “Special” trim package was previously only available on Guild’s upscale Manhattan models, and brings aesthetic upgrades in its all new Kingswood Green metallic finish, DeArmond Dynasonic pickups, and premium gold hardware.
Featuring Guild’s iconic double-cutaway Starfire body shape, the Starfire VI is crafted with an all Maple laminate body and solid Spruce center block that delivers classic Guild semi-hollow tones without sacrificing live playability. With their balanced warmth and versatility, the DeArmond Dynasonic pickups capture a players touch and nuance and offer up a wide range boutique quality tones.
Other premium features on the the Starfire VI include Guild’s unique, three-piece Maple/Walnut/Maple neck, a bound Ebony fingerboard inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone V-blocks, and real bone nut. Additional features include a pinned Tune-o-Matic bridge with ebony base, 5-ply black and Ivory purfling, bound F-holes and headstock with Mother of Pearl Guild “Peak” and “Chesterfield” inlays, and a Guild Vibrato Tailpiece. All Starfire VI models include a Guild Deluxe hardshell case.
Listen to Monica Valli demo the Guild Starfire VI Special Kingswood Green
STARFIRE I DC (DOUBLE CUT) CALIFORNIA BURST
Guild Starfires have defined semi-hollow body electric guitar design since coming onto the music scene in the early 1960’s. Retaining this legacy and the airy, crisp tone you would expect from these collectible instruments, the Starfire I DC (double-cut) California Burst offers a modern build with classic feel and true vintage tones.
Featuring an elegantly arched Mahogany top, back, and sides with a Mahogany center block for reduced feedback and clear sustain, the Starfire I tonewoods are versatile across music genres, from jangly cleans to fat overdriven tones. Playing feels smooth and easy with the comfortable 24 3/4” scale length and modern thin “U” neck profile while the 18th fret neck-to-body joint provides easy access to the upper register of the fingerboard. Premium Guild Vintage 18 tuners with 18:1 gear ratio and Tune-o-matic bridge ensure stable tuning while using the Guild Vibrato Tailpiece for bends and added musical versatility.
The Starfire I is powered by Guild HB-2 Alnico humbuckers in the neck and bridge, equipped with push-pull coil splitting to allow for singing, single coil tones from either pickup. New for 2023, the California Burst finish compliments the mahogany body with subtle bursting up the neck and headstock in classic Guild 60’s fashion. Also available in Cherry Red, Vintage Walnut, Pelham Blue, and Emerald Green.
Listen to Monica Valli demo the Guild Starfire I DC California Burst
STARFIRE III DYNASONIC DARK EMERALD
Tailored for the rock ‘n’ roll guitarist who craves both eye-catching aesthetics and unparalleled tonal versatility, the Starfire III features an arched Maple top, back and sides with an extra-thin hollow body design, resonates like a beast, and infuses every strum with a raw intensity that demands attention.
With a nod to the early ’60s, this classic favorite makes a triumphant return, embodying the rebellious spirit and electrifying energy of the era. The single Florentine cutaway makes shredding a breeze while the bound Ebony fingerboard adds classic allure. Additional features include Grover Sta-Tite open-gear 18:1 tuners, Dearmond Dynasonic pickups and a Guild Vibrato Tailpiece(GVT).
The Guild Starfire III isn’t just a tribute; it’s a revival of an icon, equipped with modern craftsmanship and performance-driven features that honor its legacy. From rich, resonant lows to articulate highs, each note carries the nuanced complexity that only a carefully designed hollow body can deliver. Ships with a hardshell case. Now available in Dark Emerald, however this one exclusively at Sweetwater USA.