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1980 Guild Starfire IV SF4 Sunburst w/ HB-1 Humbuckers & Case, USA Westerly


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Up for sale, a 1980 Guild Starfire IV model SF4 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory documentation. Not to be confused with recent Starfire iterations, this is a genuine vintage USA-made Guild, produced at the Westerly, RI factory, loaded with the original pair of HB-1 humbuckers.

Featuring a semi-hollow maple body, maple neck, and bound rosewood fingerboard, this Guild has a bright, bold natural acoustic bark. The HB-1 humbuckers delivering a powerful range of tones with excellent definition and warmth. These pickups have a distinctive note attack and immediacy, with a sparkling treble register and taut, woody wound strings, offering a hair more punch and fullness than the '60s Guild AntiHum humbuckers with a slightly smaller form factor. This Starfire has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Two-piece maple
-Shape: Chunky C, full shoulders, measuring .905” 1st fret, .970” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound rosewood, block inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, leveled and crowned (no wear)
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 5/8"
-Headstock: Chesterfield, Guild inlay
-Tuners: Guild-branded, Schaller-made
-Serialization: “Made in USA” stamp, serial on back of headstock translates to ‘80 production

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Pickups: HB-1 humbucker x2, 6.9k ohms
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Master Volume (on cutaway), Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Roller bridge, “G” harp tailpiece
-Plastics: Reflector cap knobs, four-ply pickguard

The gloss Sunburst nitro lacquer finish exhibits limited checking, and cosmetic wear includes some minor finish chipping along the binding and F hole edges, light buckle rash on the back, and a handful of small dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back. The neck profile exhibits a couple shallow marks and some finish loss on the treble side of the carve behind frets 9-11.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the factory documentation (matching serial).