Guild Starfire IV Sunburst 1969

The Starfire IV was part of Guild's efforts to break into the electric guitar market in the early '60s. Initially, the Starfire IV was the lower-end counterpart to the Starfire V. When the Starfire V was discontinued in 1973, however, the Starfire IV took on some of its higher-end features including block inlays and a master volume knob.  While these semi-hollowbodies are considered fine instruments and were adopted by some players at the time, they are of far less interest to collectors than their Gibson equivalents such as the ES-335. 

Years of Production: 1963 - 1987, 1993 - 2005

Body Style: Double cutaway semi-hollowbody

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

Design Elements: Two humbucker pickups, chrome-plated hardware, Adjustomatic bridge, four control knobs and master volume knob

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

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