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1967 guild starfire I

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by timmarks, Mar 20, 2006.


  1. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    I just picked up a 67 Guild Starfire I--very cool bass. I have a Starfire II reissue that I really like and have used a lot, but my obsession with old stuff led me to trying an old one.....
    So, wow, is that Hagstrom PU loud!!! I was expecting an almost p bass- like high end from it, but it doesn't quite have that. It does, however, have a HUGE sound with more focus than, say, a gibson or fender telebass PU from that era. It doesn't quite have the growl I expected either---i guess it's more "punchy" than "growly"--the dead LaBella flats I have on it could also have something to do with that.
    So I'm going to play this bass a bunch and then make a call: keep the old one, or keep the new one and install 2 DarkStars....

    -Has anyone been down this road (reissues/ reissues with darkstars)??
    -Any old Starfire fans out there??
    thanks--tim
     
  2. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    I gotta get one of these, played a '67 in Guitar Center last year, didn't even plug it in but the tone and feel blew my mind.

    $600, don't know why I didn't get it.
     
  3. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    600 is quite a deal from what I can gather--if you see a steal like that again lemme know!!:)
     
  4. schmittuml

    schmittuml Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2004
    Lowell, MA
    i'll buy whichever you sell!!!!!!!
     
  5. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    I'll keep ya posted
     
  6. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    bump--somebody help!!!
     
  7. Aj*

    Aj*

    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Damn it, beaten to it! Oh well, I have blown all my GAS fund on a Cirrus 6 anyway, I guess I'll have to be content for now :D.
     
  8. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    now, now, there will be enough guild starfires for everybody....
     
  9. corinpills

    corinpills

    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Starfires have been my bass of choice for about 10 years. I'd much rather play one than any other bass available.
     
  10. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    what starfires do you play?? how much high end do those Hagstroms have on your basses?? This one I just got easily has more low end than anything else I have around....
     
  11. corinpills

    corinpills

    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I have a '67 as well. When I was touring more, I had another late 60's one as a backup, but I sold that one. I'm all about low end, I don't play them looking for sparkling highs, you know? I like bottom.

    The only bitch about loving them so much is that when the wooden bridfe saddles crack, it's quite a tweak to get a replacement. You essentially have to get someone to carve one out of rosewood or mahogony. i do feel it's worth it, though. You can't beat a set of Labella flats on wooden bridge saddles.
     
  12. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    yeah--very cool---
    I have had my reissue starfire II for a while---with the pickups being different, they're kind of different animals. I wonder what 2 darkstars in the reissue would do??
     
  13. Yggdrasil

    Yggdrasil

    Aug 16, 2001
    Toronto/Buffalo

    Put the Dark Stars in - I had a reissue stock, sold it; now have a reissue with Dark Stars - there is no contest. Also had a 67 Starfire 1 which I sold last week . Great sounding bass with just the right amount of mojo - too close to my DS'd reissue in sound to keep both, so I opted for the newer bass - but it was a tossup.
     
  14. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    thanks--that really helps--i guess you felt the same as me about it. it can easily go either way.....
    so far i dig the old one, but the reissue always came thru for me...
     
  15. timmarks

    timmarks Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, D'Addario, Mesa
    bump--anyone else messed with these basses??
    thanks