Guild Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Guild  Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

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Item # 8186
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Guild Starfire III Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 42645, cherry lacquer finish, Laminated mahogany body, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This is a very fine example of an early 1965 single cutaway Guild Starfire III, one of the company's 1960s mainstays. The Starfire III is a fully hollow thinline 16" guitar with a deep cherry finish, with the body triple-bound top and back and a bound dot inlay fingerboard.

The fittings include a Guild-logo Bigsby tailpiece and bridge and Guild Humbucking pickups that had replaced the original single-coil DeArmonds on this model in 1963. This guitar has the typical mix of features for 1965 with the new staggered-edge pickguard, humbucking pickups and bound back but the older Grover Sta-Tite tuners.

The Starfire III is a great '60s rock and roll guitar from the height of the "Beat Boom" era, and one of the few remaining comparatively affordable original classic American guitars of the period.

This particular model was extensively used by many mid-1960s groups including the Kinks, Beau Brummels, Music Machine, Dakotas, and many more, and was easily Guild's most popular professional grade electric guitar. The sound ranges from a jazzy purr to the Kinks-ian snarl, with plenty of options in between.
Overall length is 40 11/16 in. (103.3 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This Starfire is a super nice example overall, all original except for a bit of repair work to the internal wiring. The finish has virtually no fade and only shows some typical light wear with a few tiny touch-ups, mostly around the bridge (from the base moving about) and the treble f-hole (from somebody removing the wiring rig).

There are some small scrapes on the back through the finish and a ding in the back of the neck behind the first fret area. The neck angle on this particular guitar is much better than many and it is an excellent player with just a bit of fret wear and fingerboard wear in the lower positions. Includes a very nice OHSC. Excellent Condition.