Guild Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967)

Guild  Starfire III Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1967)
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Guild Starfire III Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # EK-2445, cherry lacquer finish, Laminated mahogany body, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This 1967 Guild Starfire III was the highest-ranked single-cutaway, fully hollow guitar in the very popular Starfire line. This particular example remains original with no repairs or alterations and is in very nice shape overall. The Starfire III is a fully hollow thinline body guitar with a cherry finish, triple-bound top and back, and equipped with Guild's 1960s Humbucking pickups and a Guild-logo Bigsby vibrato. This mid-1967 example is little changed from earlier 1960s models except for the Japanese-made machines Guild began using in 1966.

The Starfire III is a great '60s rock and roll guitar from the end of the "Beat Boom" era, and is well-suited to jazzier stylings as well. This exact model was extensively used by many top mid-1960s groups including the Kinks, Beau Brummels, Music Machine, Dakotas, and many more; even the young Jerry Garcia. The Starfire III was easily Guild's most popular professional grade electric guitar at the time. Today these original Starfires represent few of the remaining comparatively affordable original American classics of the period; still a versatile and great-sounding instrument.
 
Overall length is 40 11/16 in. (103.3 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is a clean and all-original example of this classic Starfire with just some typical minor wear. The finish retains a nice cherry color without much fade and shows mostly small dings, dents and scuffs overall. A spot of belt-buckle wear to the back which is the only noticeable area of loss; there is some typical scuffing under the bridge base. The back of the neck has just a few small dings into but not through the lacquer.

The binding is fully intact; the headstock veneer shows enough shrinkage that there appears to be a bound edge but is not pulling up appreciably or crumbling. The pickguatd has a hazy look in some areas from the underpainting separating from the Lucite. The original frets show hardly any wear and the guitar plays very well with a better action than many. Overall this is a very nice package of 1960s hollowbody goodness including a well=-preserved original Guild-marked HSC. Excellent Condition.