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Guild Starfire Bass II Semi-Hollow Body Electric Bass Guitar


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Guild is proud to introduce the Starfire Bass II, a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that brings additional sonic options to one of Guild’s most iconic models. The Starfire Bass II originally debuted in 1967, shortly after the single-pickup version, and quickly garnered a following that included Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) and Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead). The addition of the BiSonic BS-1 neck pickup on the Starfire Bass II gives bassists a warmer, smooth sound for added tonal flexibility. This double cutaway bass guitar features an arched laminate mahogany top and back, and mahogany sides, dual Guild BS-1 pickups, individual volume, tone, and master volume knobs, and a pickup selector switch. A clear, high gloss finish highlights this bass guitar’s natural beauty. The Starfire Bass II brings Guild’s vintage vibe to the modern bass player. Includes plush-lined hard-shell case.

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Things You Will Get:

  • Semi-Hollow Body Electric Bass Guitar
  • Hardshell Case


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Great looking bass with some classic tone


from Natick MA

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This is a very nice bass that I am growing to appreciate more and more. I had to send the first one back due to a faulty selector switch and Sam Ash quickly sent a replacement which has been fine for about a year now. I put D'Addario ECB81 flatwound strings on it and they work great for the classic sound I was looking for. I can get a good woody thump playing with my thumb and palm mute and then crank up the tone controls and using a pick, get solid low end definition with a little growl if needed. Several sound engineers have been impressed by the tones I get.

It is pretty comfortable to play despite the neck dive typical of a semi-hollow bass. My right arm didn't agree with upper edge of the body, so I raised it up a bit and that has helped. The three piece neck (nice touch) is slim and the set-up was fine right out of the box. The 30 3/4" scale is slightly longer than a normal short scale neck. The fit and finish is extremely good. It looks great!

The hardshell case is nice but with one thing I find very annoying. When you set it down on its side it tips over because it rests on two feet and two hinges, which are lower than the feet.

Oh, yeah, IT ONLY GOES UP TO 9! So if you need to go to 10 (much less 11), it's not there. Nigel Tufnel would not approve! All 5 volume and tone controls only go to 9.

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An excellent recreation of the iconic bass of the past


from Staten Island, New Ypork

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  • Classic Round Sound
  • Excellent Craftsmanship
  • Fast Short Scale Neck
  • Used The Original Formula


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Best Uses

  • Classic Rock Blues Jazz
  • Live Or In The Studio

I had been waiting for this bass for decades and it has arrived. I have a 1967 one pickup starfire (that I love) and now have a brand new 2 pickup Starfire. Thanks to Guild and Sam Ash. The sound, fit and finish are all comparable. Wow, like it came out a time capsule after 40 years, untouched and arrived on my door step. BTW - It is not a bad looker as well. I plan on showing her off at my next gig.

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Number Of Frets 21
Scale Length 30-3/4"
Nut Width 1-1/2"
Neck Shape Vintage Soft "U"
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Body Style Starfire™ Bass
Neck Wood 3-Piece Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany
Fingerboard Indian Rosewood
Body Wood Laminated Mahogany
Top Arched Laminated Mahogany
Pickup Configuration S-S
Bridge Pickup Guild® BS-1 BiSonic Bass
Neck Pickup Guild® BS-1 BiSonic Bass
Bridge Type Guild® Adjustable Bass Bridge with Rosewood Saddles
Tuning Machines Grover® Vintage 142 Series
Orientation Right-Handed
Other Features • Body Construction: Semi-Hollowbody

• Finish: Gloss Polyurethane, Natural

• Upper Bout Depth: 1 3/4″ (44 mm)

• Lower Bout Depth: 1 3/4″ (44 mm)

• Body Length: 18 1/4″ (464 mm)

• Lower Bout Width: 16 3/8″ (416 mm)

• Upper Bout Width: 11 5/8″ (295 mm)

• Overall Guitar Length: 46″ (1168 mm)

• Nut Material: Bone

• Binding: Ivory White with Black/White Purfling

• Fingerboard Inlays: Pearloid Dot

• Fret Size: Narrow Jumbo

• Hardware Finish/Plating: Nickel-Plated

• Truss Rod: Dual-Action

• Truss Rod Wrench: 7mm Hex Truss Rod Wrench

• Strings: D’Addario® EXL165 Nickel Wound Bass, Custom Light, (.045-.105 Gauges)

• Control Knobs: Black Plastic

• Controls: Individual Volume & Tone, Master Volume, 3-way Toggle Pickup Selector

• Strap Buttons: Vintage-Style
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type TKL Deluxe Hardshell
Series Newark St.
Model Starfire Bass II
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Warranty Info:

Cordoba Music Group ("CMG") warrants this Guild instrument to be  free from defects in materials and workmanship for as long as it is owned by the original retail purchaser, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Guild Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein.

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