Just ordered a new bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hawaii Islander, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. I have an order in for a new Guild Starfire II bass. :)

    Yes, I'll post pics when it gets here.
  2. bordinco90


    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Very nice! Can't wait to see some pics. I've never played a hollowbody bass, but I have always wanted to. Can't wait for your input on the bass.
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  3. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    My all-time favorite bass. Ditch the crappy round-wound factory strings and put a set of flats (medium-scale) on it.

    Bi-Sonic pups rule...
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  4. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Love my Guild Starfire!
  5. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I see they have reissued the Emerald green .........tempting. I actually owned a 68' Starfire II that was factory EG and somebody stripped it down to natural, I was almost heartbroken when I looked at the label showing it had been Emerald Green, that was a somewhat rare color back in the day, the new ones don't seem to have the nice grain pattern showing through like the old ones did.
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  6. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    can you post a audio clip if you have the means to do so ? I am curious how these sound. I would definitely try the flats
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2017
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  7. I once owned a late 60's Mozrite Celebrity hollowbody bass. It sounded great. I hope the Guild sounds and plays as well.
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  8. The one I'm getting is a natural finish mahogany body.
  9. I will. My playing isn't very good, but I'll post something.
  10. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    i'm jealous, my friend. there's not many things nicer than playing a good hollow body bass during the sunset on a tropical island beach.
    (i think i just squirted) :oops: :nailbiting:
  11. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I picked up a german made Warwick star bass II hollowbody (semi) recently and I think it sounds and plays fantastic. Those 70's Guild Starfires and M85's as well as the Jet star models all sounded great, a lot of people dismissed the humbucker that replaced the Bi Sonic but I thought they sounded pretty good just in a different way then the Bi sonic, of course one was a single coil and the other wasn't.
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  12. Way cool. Subbed for the pr0n.
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  13. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Very cool, looking forward to pics and your review!
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  14. Justin Meldel Johnson has made frequent use of the Starfire bass over the years. I believe most of Beck's Odelay album was recorded with this bass.
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  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    I keep gravitating towards one at my local SA, but I find the string spacing at the bridge to be too narrow for me, just like my old Höfner.
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  16. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I know what you mean, its a bit getting used to, its almost like a toy compared to a full scale bass. I do like the Hofner because it weighs next to nothing and still sounds good
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  17. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    The body is about the same size as that of an ES-335. Being used to a Mustang at the time, I thought the Starfire body was too wide at first. After playing it for a few months, I picked up the Mustang again and it REALLY felt like a toy in comparison. I actually find the narrow string spacing to be more comfortable to play. Guess it's partly a matter of what you're used to.
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  18. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Funny you should mention that comparison. I've been playing a "jazzbox" Ibanez AFB200 exclusively for the last several months for quieter restaurant duo/trio gigs for it's "acousticness" but we have a "I want it loud." outdoor full-band gig we've started rehearsing for so I decided to use my modded MIJ Mustang RI bass since the Ibby will probably feed back with the volume. When I strapped on the Mustang for the first time at rehearsal, I too was taken aback with it's small size at first but was used to it by the end of the first song. I also found the Mustang neck and string spacing to be very comfortable
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2017
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  19. My beach is now a desert. I moved to Arizona last January.
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  20. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    I've always wanted one of those, I do have an EB-2 though and really like that and it doesn't feel toy-like at all even with the short scale, the bridge is about at least 6 inches from the edge of the bass so the necks feels like a long scale bass with the reach the way it is. Nothing like a hollow body bass for those nice boomy high notes, you can play Beatles' tunes all night if you want, I put the light .096 E La Bella deep talkin flats on mine.
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