Guild takes aim for your wallet with its affordable new Starfire I guitar series

Guild's new Starfire I range aims to give you a good excuse to add to your guitar collection with competitive prices and some alluring semi-hollow specs.

There's two tiers of prices across two shapes each with hardtail and vibrato options for the brand new series for 2020 so let's take a look…

Starfire I DC

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Guild's double cut body shape appeared on the Starfire IV, V, and VI previously and now the the Starfire I DC uses a mahogany center block to help reduce feedback and aide sustain. 

The Cherry Starfire I DC above (£459 / $499) features an arched mahogany top, back, and sides; while the Pelham Blue model below features an arched maple top, back, and sides (£549 / $599). 

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Both have 24 3/4” scale length and Guild's modern thin 'U' neck profile with an 18th fret neck to body joint to provide easier access to the upper register. 

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Premium Guild Vintage 18 tuners with 18:1 gear ratio and Tune-o-matic bridge feature as hardware and Guild’s HB-2 Alnico II humbuckers, and the included push-pull coil splitting for tonal versatility.

The Starfire I DC in Pelham Blue is fitted with a Guild Vibrato Tailpiece – the company's premier vibrato tailpiece with roller tension bar for additional tonal versatility. 

Starfire I DC Cherry - £459 RRP Starfire I DC GVT Pelham Blue - £549 RRP Starfire I SC Antique Burst - £459 RRP Starfire I SC GVT Seafoam Green - £549 RRP Starfire I SC GVT Snowcrest White - £549 RRP

Starfire I SC 

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The SC is based on the Starfire II and III single cut body shape with a  2“ thick hollow body and an added bridge block to increase bridge stability and improve the guitar's resonance. 

Pickups are  Guild’s own HB-2 Alnico II humbuckers, and the included push-pull coil-splitting feature allows for single-coil tones from both pickups.

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It features an arched maple top, back, and sides and a 24 3/4” scale length with a modern thin “U” neck profile. There's a Tune-o-matic bridge and tuners are Guild Vintage 18s. 

While the hardtail version is only available in the Antique Sunburst show below (£459 / $499), the Starfire I SC with Guild Vibrato Tailpiece is available in the Seafoam Green and Snowcrest White shown above (£549 / $599).

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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.