View Full Version : Does this eBay starfire bass have the orig finish?

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12-08-2007, 02:27 AM
Hey Guys,

http://cgi.ebay.com/USED-GUILD-Starfire ... dZViewItem (http://cgi.ebay.com/USED-GUILD-Starfire-Bass-2-pickup_W0QQitemZ260191405722QQihZ016QQcategoryZ471 3QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

What do you think?
I can't see very much with the small pics.
I can't see a serial no on the back of the headstock, the headstock face looks very shiny (as in 'laquered over' shiny),
and I don't see any small metal indicator 'dots' that show where the vol and tone knobs are oriented.

Also, it appears to be a mahogany veneer body. Did the blonde starfires come with mahogany veneers, maple veneers,
or both?

thanks, gilded

12-08-2007, 05:08 AM
I must be missing something...

12-08-2007, 05:44 AM
I must be missing something...

Ah, you were. I forgot to put the auction link in........... :oops:

Re-edited to make me look like less of an idiot!

12-08-2007, 04:46 PM
I've heard the newer SFII bass had a laminated Mahog body. I think you're right with the refin idea. He says in the description it has had a neck reset. I would guess that's hard to make seamless.

12-08-2007, 05:09 PM
I thought they only came in Cherry or Sunburst, so this would be a refinish? Also there is a split coil switch added or something there.

12-08-2007, 05:44 PM
Also there is a split coil switch added or something there.
I thought that may be the treble cut circuit found on 70s Guild basses with two pickups.

12-08-2007, 06:27 PM
This (http://www.vintageguitars.org.uk/guildStarfireBass.php) lists both a Blonde finish on a maple body and a natural finish on a mahogany body. It looks dark to me but I don't know that I have ever actually seen a natural finish on mahogany.

I'd be willing to suggest the finish is original although the difference between the neck and body does make me wonder.

I see nothing that appears out of period. Although not shown here (http://www.guildguitars.com/resources/wiring_diagrams/Starfire_Bass_II.pdf) the mini toggle is most likely the infamous suck switch that makes the tone suck or sucks out all of the treble. Electrically it is a treble cut that only operates on the neck PU.