1973 Guild Starfire II Bass, Black
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1973 Guild Starfire II Bass, Black

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1973 Guild Starfire Bass II with a very rare Black finish. Serial number:85155. This instrument is in exceptional condition with just a little natural lacquer checking and a few tiny marks. It comes in a Guild hard case which I don't believe to be the original. As is the case for many Guild instruments of the early 1970’s, the neck is relatively thin and very comfortable. The frets are in great shape with very little wear. It plays very well and sounds great. The tone is full, smooth, fat, and thick. The Guild Starfire Bass II was popular with a number of high-profile bass players in the late 1960’s, notably Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Interestingly, Alembic got into the business of building basses after customizing Casady’s and Lesh’s Guild instruments.

This bass has a centre block made from mahogany with a maple layer at the back. The hardware is original, with tulip-buttoned open gear tuners and a top-mount bridge using rosewood saddles. Two Guild humbucking pickups are wired in Guild’s master volume configuration, so there are independent volume and tone controls, a pickup selector, and a master volume. Plus, the Starfire Bass is wired with a mini-toggle tone switch. Earlier Guild Starfire basses used large single-coil pickups and bridges from Hagstrom, but by the time this instrument was built Guild had introduced their own humbuckers.

Fully set up with a fresh set of strings and a great action. Nut width:39.5mm. Depth at 1st fret:22.2mm. Weight:8 lbs 14.5 oz.

Condition Excellent 9/10
Case Guild HSC
Weight 8 lbs 14.5 oz
Serial Number 85155

1973 Guild Starfire Bass II with a very rare Black finish. Serial number:85155. This instrument is in exceptional condition with just a little natural lacquer checking and a few tiny marks. It comes in a Guild hard case which I don't believe to be the original. As is the case for many Guild instruments of the early 1970’s, the neck is relatively thin and very comfortable. The frets are in great shape with very little wear. It plays very well and sounds great. The tone is full, smooth, fat, and thick. The Guild Starfire Bass II was popular with a number of high-profile bass players in the late 1960’s, notably Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Interestingly, Alembic got into the business of building basses after customizing Casady’s and Lesh’s Guild instruments.

This bass has a centre block made from mahogany with a maple layer at the back. The hardware is original, with tulip-buttoned open gear tuners and a top-mount bridge using rosewood saddles. Two Guild humbucking pickups are wired in Guild’s master volume configuration, so there are independent volume and tone controls, a pickup selector, and a master volume. Plus, the Starfire Bass is wired with a mini-toggle tone switch. Earlier Guild Starfire basses used large single-coil pickups and bridges from Hagstrom, but by the time this instrument was built Guild had introduced their own humbuckers.

Fully set up with a fresh set of strings and a great action. Nut width:39.5mm. Depth at 1st fret:22.2mm. Weight:8 lbs 14.5 oz.

Condition Excellent 9/10
Case Guild HSC
Weight 8 lbs 14.5 oz
Serial Number 85155

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