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Guild Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1961)

Guild  Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1961)

Guild Starfire III Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1961), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 15787, cherry lacquer finish, laminated mahogany body; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a very fine example of an early Starfire III, complete with the extremely cool white-topped DeArmond Dynasonic pickups (the same pickup Gretsch employed on their 1950's classics) used only for the first couple of years on this model. This guitar has a nice medium dark cherry finish, body triple bound on the front with the early pattern unbound back (like a T-100) and the fingerboard single bound. The early style rounded back-painted pickguard is adorned with a Guild logo and star emblem. Other hardware includes the older style amber "G-logo" knobs and first generation Guild Bigsby with the original Bigsby bridge marked "Guild" on the bottom. A great playing and spectacular sounding guitar, with a tone you could describe as a 1950's Gretsch crossed with a Gibson ES-330, with an additional high-end 'snap' and clarity.

The Starfire series has been Guild's most consistently successful electric guitar line since its inception in 1960, and these often under-appreciated 1960's guitars have recently become much better respected. This guitar dates to the early 1961 and would be one of the first full production year Starfires. These earlier models equipped with the DeArmond pickups are far less common than the 1963 and after version carrying Guild's own small humbuckers. This is a very classy and versatile thin-body electric; one of Guild's absolutely classic designs and compared to many Gibson or Gretsch models these are still a rather undervalued guitars.
Overall length is 41 1/4 in. (104.8 cm.), 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This very well preserved guitar remains all original except for a very nice professional refret, in fine condition overall with just light finish wear and some corrosion to small areas of plating-the switch tip is down to the underlying brass. The plastic headstock veneer has lifted on a couple of edges slightly, typical of 1960's Guilds. The cherry finish is very fine with virtually no fade and the instrument itself shows no damage or repair. There is an area of finish rubbed off just along the bottom back edge of the body, likely the result of damp in the case long ago. A superb playing and sounding example. Overall Excellent + Condition.

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