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In the early '60s, Guild began an attempt to break into the growing electric guitar market. The Starfire III (along with the Starfire I and II) represent the first wave of Guild electric archtops and debuted in 1960. Though Guild archtops were embraced by some players, they are not nearly as collectible as their Gibson equivalents.

Years of Production: 
1960 - 1974, 1997 - 2005

Body Style: Single cutaway archtop hollowbody

Wood Composition:  Laminated Maple or Mahogany body, three-piece Maple/Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard 

Design Elements: Two humbucker pickups, chrome-plated hardware, Guild Bigsby tremolo tailpiece, four control knobs, F-holes, dot inlays

Finish Specifications: Ebony is a rare and collectable finish

Notable Starfire Players: Buddy Guy, Lightening Hopkins, Jerry Garcia

Product Specs

  • Starfire III
  • Ebony
  • 1961