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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / NGD - Guild Newark St. Starfire V

swampyankee
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Aug 1st, 2019 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been hankering for one of these, probably since I saw them in a Music Shop a couple years ago. I'm thinking it's be a good fit for some of the British Invasion and early '60's stuff we do.

I found one locally in CL and offered a trade for my Gretsch G3140, but he needed cash so I tried selling the Gretsch. The missus caught wind of my scheme and said just buy the damn thing and keep the Gretsch (gotta love her!).
So I picked it up last night. It's green, with Guildsby vibrato, case with keys, and all hardware, wrenches etc. He even threw in a Vibramate. I've yet to go through it and clean it up but the guitar looks barely played.
I'll be bringing it to practice this aft and see how it plays through our repertoir.

reverend mikey
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Aug 1st, 2019 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Can't beat a deal like that (having your wife tell you to buy *another* guitar!).

Enjoy - and you know the rules - we need PICS!!!

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Aug 3rd, 2019 06:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good deal!

Like Mikey says...no pics? Didn’t happen! ;-)

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Aug 5th, 2019 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Alright, alright! New pic taken at lunch

Although I have a Strat with tremelo, I've never owned a Bigsby type. This one needs to be sorted out. It doesn't hold tune too well and I'm thinking the nut needs to be cleared a bit better and lubed, which I'll do when I restring it.
I used it at practice the other day and it doesn't have as airy a tone as I'd expect from low power HB's. I found them to be set a bit high so I lowered them but haven't plugged it in yet to try it.
I really like the guitar overall, so I'm hoping it can be sorted out and set up to be a good player.

Starfire V

(This message was last edited by swampyankee at 01:30 PM, Aug 5th, 2019)

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Aug 5th, 2019 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Man, I love that color!!!

swampyankee
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If you can't play good, play loud
Aug 5th, 2019 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know, right!?

Green's kind of my favorite color, and it takes me back to when I was first jamming as a kid. My friend had a green hollow-body import electric of some sort. Can't remember what brand or model but I just recall it was a cool guitar.

Re strung and tried out with lowered pickups, and it's improved, but still not the bell-ringer my old Gretsch G3140 is.

It's got Dearmond 2K's

(This message was last edited by swampyankee at 03:18 PM, Aug 5th, 2019)

swampyankee
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Aug 7th, 2019 06:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

A little update -

Although this is a cool guitar, I wasn't digging the sound particularly. I messed with pickup heights trying to dial in the sound a bit, and in doing so I notice the bridge was backwards - thin strings in the wide slots and vice versa. It makes sense because the P.O. advertised the guitar with a roller bridge but by the time I saw it, he told me he had removed it. So apparently when he replaced the original bridge he installed it backwards !@#$!
With bridge in correctly and intonated, its a much different guitar! More resonant and clear. The LB-1 pickups are still not quite what I expected, but closer.

Now to stabilize the tuning. I need to look at opening up the nut a bit and lubricate it. I don't know if a roller bridge would help. The P.O. had one but I'm not sure he was really into the guitar enough to sort the tuning. I've read about removing the bar on the Guildsby vibrato that the strings go under whatever its called. Ultimately, if I can't get tuning to hold I may just block the vib.

DanL

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Aug 9th, 2019 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

The studio where I took jazz guitar lessons when I was a kid (8 to 15 years old) only sold Guild guitars. I started with a red student lower end Guild and when I turned 12 they convinced my Dad that I needed a new Guild Starfire IV or V. That was 1978 so I'm a little fuzzy on which model it was. But man o man what a guitar! Vintage sunburst, it looked and played beautifully! Wish I had kept it. I often wonder where it is now.

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Aug 10th, 2019 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I did have a cool old relic of a 64 Starfire probably 30 years ago. I dont even recall where i got it, but I really liked. I was raising the family and had priorities so I sold it.

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