There is a fair bit of stir in the online guitar forums about these Starfire I guitars, most of which revolves around the question, how is Guild making these for such a low price? This guitar has a street price of $599 new! In 2020! Hell a similarly equipped Newark St. Starfire III (which is sort of what this should be called – more on that later) has an MSRP of almost double that of this one ($1,555 vs. $835 in May 2020). So how are they doing this? Cheaper parts? Cheaper wood? Cheaper labor? There are only so many ways to lower production costs, so grab a cocktail while I tear this guitar open to see how they made it so inexpensive in a world where the price of everything is soaring.
Clearly I did just that, but does it play well? And how’s it sound? Read on while I take you through all the details of how I 3D printed this colorful and very ’80s looking plastic Strat that — spoiler alert — plays and sounds just like a Strat!
Read along while I regale you with everything I know about these great guitars including why it still may just be everything I need in a guitar along with the reason for me now owning a
fifth sixth seventh copy.
I may have a problem.
Follow along while I give this guitar the full review treatment right down to the wiring inside this big ol’ hollow box o’ jazz.
The pickups in Guild X160 Rockabilly guitars are DeArmond 2000s, and yes, this is about to get very confusing. If you’ve done even a little bit of reading about this topic, then your head is no doubt swimming with 2000, 2k, the other 2000, the vintage 200, and maybe that other company that’s making a 2000. Oh, and let’s throw the word Dynasonic in there for good measure.
Let’s talk some history.
You can find all of them by clicking on the Guild Guitars menu item at the top of every page, or you can access them directly via the following links. Please note that these are pretty hefty pages containing hundreds of images so they may take a bit longer than normal to load depending on your connection and the state of the Internet (and my server) when you make the request.
I may add more sections such as Amp Schematics and Manuals in the future. Keep an eye on that menu bar because that’s where any additional resources will go.
That’s it for now. Watch for a long explanation of the incredible amount of work that went into this project.