Gorgeous bass! I'll bet it's an absolute joy to play.
I will say though, in the five years I've been extensively researching vintage Guild basses, I've never seen a headstock veneer like this one. Usually it's simpler with a "chesterfield" inlay. At the same time, I'll say that I've also found the crew at Guild were not strangers to deviation when certain supplies ran low or were in surplus... but any idea what the story is behind this one?
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Last edited by mellowgerman : 12-03-2012 at 08:20 AM.
Great bass....based on my long experience the head stock veneer has been refinished. If you look at the second picture there are undulating marks that are visible in the veneer when the light source is angled. This clear evidence of the work. Additionally the wonderful road wear on the rest of the bass is not consistent with the relatively light scrapes on the head. Also there would be minor to major shrinkage around the edges of the head stock veneer.
My Guild Starfires are a 65 SF I, 67 SF II, 68 SF II (project) and a 90s De Armond with DkStars. I also have a 70 JS Stereo. I have viewed, held and played hundreds of these Guilds over the last 40 years.