Guild Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Guild  Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

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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 1960's mainstays. The Starfire III is a fully hollow thinline 16" guitar with 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 great '60's Rock and Roll guitar from the height of the 'Beat Boom' era, and one of the few remaining comparatively affordable original classic American guitars. This particular model was extensively used by many mid-1960's 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 Kinksian 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 is a super nice example overall, all original except for the pots and some of the internal wiring. The finish has virtually no fade and only shows some typical light wear, mostly around the bridge (from the base moving about) and the treble F hole (from somebody removing the pots). 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 pickups and switch are original but bulk of wiring rig is recent, to the original spec and works as intended. The original dated pots and tone caps are still preserved stored in the case and could be re-installed if desired. The neck angle on this particular guitar is 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.