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A 50 Year Heritage 

This dual-pickup, semi-hollow bass guitar adds both legendary style and a modern range of sonic options to Guild’s iconic Starfire Bass. Originally debuting in 1967, shortly after the single-pickup version, the Starfire Bass II quickly garnered a following that included Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane), Chris Hillman (The Byrds) and Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead). The recent addition of the BiSonic BS-1 neck pickup has expanded tonal options, giving bassists a warm, smooth sound for added flexibility and the fat, warm hollowbody bass tones not typically found in solidbody basses.

Guild BiSonic Pickups  

The Guild BS-1 BiSonic pickup was originally found in many of the solid and hollow bodied Guild basses in the 1960s and 70s. The BS-1 has developed a cult following resulting in several reissue versions and designs, including the famous Darkstar by Fred Hammon and BS-DS by Curtis Novak. Wound to 6.4K Ohms, similar in specification to a Hammon Darkstar, the Guild BS-1 utilizes Alnico 2 magnets and provides a refined modern tone in a classic package.

All Mahogany Body Design and Short Scale Neck 

With a thinline semi-hollowbody design, the Starfire Bass II is comfortable to play and delivers the organic, resonant sound and lush overtones of a hollowbody instrument. A short (30.75″) scale length makes navigating the fretboard a breeze, and is perfect for all types of players, including beginners and players with smaller hands.

Premium Features 

Premium materials include a Ebony fingerboard and Mother of Pearl Guild “Peak” and Chesterfield inlay on the neck. Other features include Grover Sta-tite tuners, 500K individual volume, tone, and master volume knobs, and a hardshell case. Starfire Basses come with D’Addario EXL165 Nickel Wound Bass strings in Custom Light (.045 – .105), and some players enjoy with flatwounds for a smooth and unique playing experience.


The Guild Starfire II comes standard with a transparent high gloss finish in natural. *New for 2023, Guild has re-released and limited run in all black gloss. An Emerald Green gloss finish is available on a maple bodied model, and the Starfire Bass II Flamed Maple is an elevated option with an eye-catching body wood and clear finish.

This guitar is available through any Authorized Guild Dealer. Find one near you by clicking the button above. If you have any troubles finding a dealer near you, please don’t hesitate to contact us and a Guild Representative will be happy to help. 

*This is a running spec change to comply with CITES regulations. More information.

Body Type Semi-hollow Body
Body Shape Starfire Bass
Body Top Arched Mahogany
Body Wood (Solid Bodies) N / A
Soundhole / F Holes Binding Unbound F Holes
Body Sides Mahogany
Body Back Arched Mahogany
Purfling Black / Ivory ABS
Body Binding Ivory ABS
Neck Material Mahogany with Maple Center Strip
Scale Length 30 3/4" (781mm)
Neck Shape Vintage Soft "U"
Nut Width 1 1/2" (38mm)
Neck Thickness 1st Fret 20mm
Neck Thickness 9th Fret 22mm
Truss Rod Dual Action
Truss Rod Wrench 7mm Socket Wrench
Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood or Ebony (Dependent on production date)*
Fingerboard Radius 12" (305mm)
Fingerboard Inlays Pearloid Dots
Fingerboard Inlay Location 3, 5, 7, 9, 12 (x2), 15, 17, 19, 21
Frets Total 21
Fret Type Narrow Jumbo
Fingerboard Binding Ivory ABS
Color Black (BLK)
Bridge String Spacing 2" (51mm)
Hardware Finish / Plating Nickel
Bridge Guild Adjustable Bass Bridge with Rosewood or Ebony Saddles (Dependent on production date)*
Tailpiece N / A
Nut Material Bone
Tuning Machines Grover® 142C Vintage Open Gear Bass
Strap Buttons Vintage Pawn
Pickguard N / A
Bridge Pickup Guild BS-1 BiSonic Bass
Neck Pickup Guild BS-1 BiSonic Bass
Pickup Switch N / A
Controls Neck Volume & Tone, Bridge Volume & Tone, Master Volume, 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch
Strings D'Addario EXL165 Nickel Wound Bass, Custom Light (.045 - .105)
Included Case Guild Deluxe Electric Guitar Hardshell Case
Upper Bout Width 11 5/8" (295mm)
Lower Bout Width 16 3/8" (416mm)
Body Depth Upper Bout 1 3/4" (44mm)
Body Depth Lower Bout 1 3/4" (44mm)
Body Length 18 1/4" (464mm)
Overall Length 46" (1168mm)
Item # 3792410806