Thoughts on the new Guild Starfire I Bass...would you get it?

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  1. jazzman64

    jazzman64

    Apr 16, 2021
    Brooklyn, NY
    I recently caught wind of the new Guild Starfire I bass with their own split coil pickup. It comes a nice price and comes with a beautiful Cherry Red or Vintage Walnut color scheme. I am thinking of getting for that early Phil Lesh tone and for 60's music in general. I would put some flats on it! What are your thoughts on it? Would you buy it?
     
  2. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA


    Hope this helps!
     
  3. jazzman64

    jazzman64

    Apr 16, 2021
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yes it did! I watched it on YouTube the minute it came out! Love your content by the way! I just wanted to get a general opinion of what the folks on the TalkBass community would think about it! I'm Emilio by the way...I commented on a few of your videos! :)
     
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  4. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Awesome! Thank you :). I'd say go for it, they're well built and sound great. The only issue that I had was with the pickup picking up interference from my clip on mic, but I've since moved to another mic setup and I don't think it's common for folks to be wearing clip on mics while playing bass hahaha. I didn't get any environmental interference and the tone was great.
     
  5. jazzman64

    jazzman64

    Apr 16, 2021
    Brooklyn, NY
    Sounds good! Do you think that overtime the Guild will have a woody tone when the flatwounds reach their break-in period? I want to get that early Phil Lesh/Grateful Dead bass tone and this Starfire seems perfect for that! Do you think it will get that tone when the flats mellow out?
     
  6. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Depends on the flats, but yeah I think the bass can get in the ballpark of the Dead tone. I found the bass with the Deep Talkin Flats has that style of treble/upper mid presence that my JC with the Low Tensions doesn't have.
     
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  7. jazzman64

    jazzman64

    Apr 16, 2021
    Brooklyn, NY
    Great! Would I buy normal long scale Deep Talkin Flats because of the longer tailpiece?
     
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  8. Happy Face

    Happy Face Supporting Member

    May 3, 2007
    Portland, Maine
    Much of the tone you seek came thanks to the Bisonic pickups. I think the reissue Starfires built before these would come closer, though the purists say that even those reissue pickups don't get you all the way there.
     
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  9. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Yup, or medium scales. Longs, the G string will wrap the post a little past the fabric wrapping (I never remember what that's called). Didn't impact sound however.
     
  10. As I'm sure you know, Phil's Guild had 2 pickups, with the stock pickups (as previously mentioned) before massive mods turned it into the Godfather with 3 and all kinds of craziness. He played with a pick on Pyramid Gold flats. Also as others said, you will likely get closer to the sound with the Starfire II.
     
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  11. Ostie

    Ostie

    Aug 1, 2018
    Mid MI
    I’d rock it.
     
  12. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    I bought one. It was delivered with a faulty push pull pot for the vintage switch. When you pulled for vintage it cut the sound from the g and d string. The tone was great tho but the neck is a toothpick. I couldn't get over that so I returned it bc of the issue but mostly cause the neck was so thin
     
  13. jazzman64

    jazzman64

    Apr 16, 2021
    Brooklyn, NY
    That’s a shame…but I kind of like a thin neck. Was it like a jazz bass neck? That type of thin?
     
  14. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    In British Racing Green I would.
     
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  15. I bet that thing will buzz like a ####### though if it gets near any neon lights, or stage lights. It did sound really good.
     
  16. grimjim

    grimjim

    Jan 26, 2014
    Chicago, Illinois
    Endorsing artist;DNA Amplification, GHS strings
    That's a beautiful bass, but I'm not into hollow bodies. So I voted no.
     
  17. Erik herman

    Erik herman Gold Supporting Member

    It was a contender but I sprung for the Newark Starfire II in emerald green instead, really like it!
     
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  18. Katoosie

    Katoosie

    Jun 12, 2020
    Sweden
    I would like to play it and hear what it sounds like, see what it feels like, but not necessarily own one.
     
  19. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Though not stage lighting, I do have two giant lights and two high powered computers within 3 or 4 feet of me when I do all my recordings. It was only the lanyard mic behind the bass that created noise here, nothing from anywhere else in the environment - I tested thoroughly after discovering this little quirk.
     
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  20. Weird but that's good then, that bass does sound great. I think the split pickup looks a little strange on it though but it sounds so good who cares?.
     
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