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Guild Starfire II

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by TheDialog, Nov 27, 2012.


  1. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Hello sir,
    So, this morning I snagged a '68 Starfire II.
    I've always loved the tone of it on Debra and when I saw the deal come up I had to swing for it.

    Not sure what I'll use it for, but I'm hoping it's a keeper.

    I was wondering if you could cite more examples of you live or in the studio using a Starfire?

    Hope you're enjoying the end of the year!


    (for TB's sake...)
    Proof:
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  2. tdoody

    tdoody

    Sep 5, 2008
    we recorded two albums with a beautiful deep green starfire. scratch in the sky in 1967
    synthesis in 1968 both albums are on columbia records.
     
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  4. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I'll look them up.
     
  5. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Anything that's not a P-Bass on Sea Change is a Starfire. Lots more, don't know where to start...will try to think of some and let you know.
     
  6. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    That's a beautiful bass!! Congrats!!

    Other notable Starfire players that I can think of is Hutch from Bonnie Raitt's band, and recently Sheryl Crow, actually. I couldn't tell you what songs specifically to listen to though. Put flats on your guy, plug into something tubey, and play with a pick. You'll learn immediately what to use it for. Tis a glorious sound.
     
  7. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Thanks Dan.
    Tube is my speciality:
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    And this Alessandro rig comes tomorrow:
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  8. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    Killin!! I'm restoring/cleaning up an early B-15 right now and just borrowed a friend's AMAZING V4B for a few gigs recently, so I'm loving your stuff!! Gotta check out the A.

    I got a reissue Starfire and put NOS pickups in it, and it is my new buddy (even if it isn't quite as cool and your and J's.) I think you're going to fall in love with yours.
     
  9. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Lincoln, NE
    Nice grab. I think the Guild Starfire is one of the best basses ever made, really want to get another one, if I find one I can afford.

    Used GHS 3060 tapes on mine, and those Hagstrom pickups like tapes or flats.
     
  10. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I hope so!
    Right now I'm playing my go to P (1971) and a Gibson Les Paul Sig (1974) which are both great. Would love to add this to the collection of keepers!
     
  11. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I'll try flats and tapes.
    Thanks for the tip.
     



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