Here’s a 1967 Guild Starfire Bass IISB electric semi-hollowbody bass guitar made in Hoboken, NJ. This all original first generation example, serial number BA 1482, features: (2) highly desirable Hagstrom-made Bi-Sonic pickups, a beautiful sunburst finish, (4) Kluson tuning machines with clover-shaped buttons, a chrome harp profile bridge plate with rosewood saddles, chrome insert “G” logo control knobs, a laminated Maple body construction with a center block, a Mahogany neck with an unbound Rosewood fingerboard, a small profile neck volute, a requisite shrunken headstock overlay/veneer, and all original electronics. The original production basses have become so desirable that even the recent reissues consistently sell for over $2,000.00. This well-played, though entirely intact and original, example may appear to be quite worn, but remains in perfect structural condition with no breaks, no cracks, no modifications, nor any other significant issues. Extremely coveted, and exceedingly rare, there are few opportunities to buy a nice Guild Starfire Bass II.
This is a premium player’s piece: it plays perfectly, sounds incredible, and certainly looks the part. The neck is as straight as an arrow, and the neck angle permits the absolutely lowest action possible. The pickups are both extremely efficient, the tone of which is simply unparalleled by those in any other hollowbody bass. Quite simply, the reason why this bass looks the way it does, it because once someone gets their hands on it, they won’t wanna put it down.
This ’67 Guild SF Bass IISB features an attractive sunburst finish that displays decades of isolated playing wear. The finish on the back of the mahogany neck has been completely worn off. Even the edge of the chrome-plated pickup surround reveals the brass underneath. With significant playing wear and large scratches, this bass guitar has incredible patina and personality. Though it’s not mint, the allure for collectors and players alike is quite strong. This is definitely a bass that has been thoroughly enjoyed, and deserves to be enjoyed further. It sounds absolutely incredible, mostly in part to the highly responsive full-range Hagstrom Bi-Sonic pickup, which looks like a double-coil unit but is in fact more akin to a giant DeArmond Dynasonic. With large magnet slugs for polepieces, this pickup has a very powerful attack and a broad harmonic spectrum quite unlike either the more familiar Gibson bass humbucker or the Guild humbucking pickup which replaced it in 1970
The body is not fully hollow, as there is a solid block running through the center in the manner of an ES-335 giving a tighter response than a true hollowbody bass. Overall length is 46 in. (116.8 cm.), 16 5/16 in. (41.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 1/2 in. (775 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/2 in. (38 mm.).
Used by Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Jack Cassady of Jefferson Airplane, Steve Boone of the Lovin’ Spoonful and Phil leash of the Grateful Dead, the Guild Starfire has become inextricably linked to the classic bass sounds of the ’60s.