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1968 Guild Starfire II

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by TheDialog, Dec 1, 2012.


  1. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Well, I bought this on a whim.
    Had to try it!
    I dig it, but I currently have 5 hollows in the house.
    I'm trying to scale back to just my Gibson Les Paul Sig.
    Thus, this one has to go up on the block.

    Appears to be all original aside from one tuning peg and one screw for one of the tuners.

    $2,070 obo shipped in the CON US.

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  2. Sigh. Beautiful. I don't suppose Starfires will ever depreciate. Time to get a higher paying job. Good luck, though you won't need it: these basses speak for themselves and never last.
     
  3. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    All PM's responded.
     
  4. Darren Low

    Darren Low

    Sep 28, 2012
    Australia
    Wish I could afford it :(
     
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  6. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    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?
     
  7. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I actually have no idea what's going on with this headstock, but I have no reason to believe it's not original. I can't see any signs that would lead to it not being original. Maybe a rare gem :).

    I'm actually going to swap the strings today to see if it speaks differently to me. Maybe it'll come off the chopping block ;).

    I have a Starfire I on its way too. I'm going to compare and hopefully keep one, but who knows, it never ends...maybe they'll both be passed on to a fellow Tb'er.
     
  8. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
  9. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
  10. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    TB Holiday Price Drop
     
  11. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
  12. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
  13. Seeing this thing in the morning is somewhere between torture and more beautiful than the sunrise. Appropriate, given the finish.
     
  14. Mojo out the wazoo.

    There was a time when this bass occupied my every waking thought, and many dreams. This is a beautiful specimen, love the natural player wear and relicing.
     
  15. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Thanks man, you should buy it!
     
  16. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
  17. Macher

    Macher

    Aug 29, 2006
    Montreal
    Any soundclips?
    Is the neck straight?
    What is the number on the neck?
     
  18. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I don't have any clips...
    Neck is straight.
    1870
     
  19. The Shoe

    The Shoe

    Jan 2, 2007
    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.
     
  20. bluesblaster

    bluesblaster

    Jan 2, 2008
    You may be right, I think I've seen this logo on some of there cheaper acoustic guitars.
     
  21. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore