Guild Starfire II

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


  1. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

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    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...)
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  2. tdoody

    tdoody Supporting Member

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    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.
  3. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

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    I'll look them up.
  4. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

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    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.
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  6. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I'll try flats and tapes.
    Thanks for the tip.

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