Guild Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1963)

Guild  Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1963)

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Guild Starfire III Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1963), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 28596, cherry lacquer finish, Laminated mahogany body, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a lovingly played-in but still very nice example of a late 1963 single cutaway Starfire III, equipped with the Guild-logo Bigsby tailpiece and bridge and early examples of the then-new Guild Humbucking pickups that had just recently replaced the original single-coil DeArmonds on this model. The Starfire III is a fully hollow thinline 16" guitar with deep cherry finish, with the body triple bound top and back. This one has many features associated with the 1960-62 model Starfires including the rounded-edge Lucite pickguard, "open book" style headstock, and Grover Sta-Tite tuners.

The Starfire is great '60s Rock and Roll guitar from the height of the "Beat Boom" era, very popular in the 1960s and one of the few remaining comparatively affordable original classic American guitars of the era. 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.
 
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 has some general wear and tear, but nothing tragic; it looks to have been a long-serving guitar and still very good player. All finish and hardware are original, with typical checking and general wear overall. The back of the guitar has more finish wear than the rest, and the area under the bridge on the top shows marring from some ill-fated past attempts to glue the metal Bigsby bridge down.

The back of the neck is nicely worn-in with the lacquer smoothed down to the wood in several places from play. The neck looks to have been reset some time ago and the angle is good, and the fingerboard has been refretted with wire the same width but slightly taller than the '60s Guild standard. The treble side headstock "wing" has a resealed separation at the top edge. We love these old Starfire IIIs and get them in as often as we can; this early humbucker-equipped example is great-sounding and a somewhat rarer guitar than the later '65 and '66 examples. Very Good + Condition.