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A 50 Year History and a Modern Reissue 

The Guild Starfire III has been an icon in the Guild electric guitar lineup since the early 1960s, delivering incredible tones, playability, and style to guitarists for many decades. Blending the warm, organic tones of its hollowbody design with a thinline body depth and Florentine cutaway, the Starfire III has something for every type of player and musical style. Over the years it has enjoyed several iterations, and the current reissue models that reside in the Newark St. Collection blend the best of all eras with modern refinements, premium build quality, and value.

All Mahogany Thinline Hollowbody Design with Florentine Cutaway 

Mahogany is known for its sweet and warm tonal characteristics, with beautiful sustain. The Starfire III is designed with an arched mahogany top with two period correct f-holes, arched back, and mahogany sides built in a thinline body depth with Florentine cutaway.

The thin depth controls feedback while still delivering classic hollowbody warmth and richness, and the Florentine cutaway provides a comfortable and ergonomic playing experience with 14 frets to the body and 24.75” scale. Altogether the Starfire III is incredibly lightweight and resonant compared to typical hollowbodies.

Guild LB-1 Pickups 

Guild “Little Bucker” LB-1s were first introduced in the early 1960s as alternatives to single coil pickups. They offer an output that sits somewhere between a single-coil and a vintage-style PAF humbucker, offering more jangle than a PAF, but a little more warmth than a traditional single-coil. With Alnico V magnets and a narrower size format than a traditional humbucker, LB-1s have become the secret weapon of many guitarists over the years, delivering a wide range of coveted boutique quality tones that can drive, sustain, shimmer, and spank.

Premium Appointments 

With a Ebony fingerboard, Mother of Pearl headstock Guild “Peak” and “Chesterfield” inlays, volume and tone controls for each pickup, a hardshell case and many more features, the Starfire III is professional level instrument. A Guild Floating Vibrato tailpiece allows for smooth bends, tremolos, and nuances, while 18:1 tuning machines ensure accurate tuning.

Classic Aesthetics 

The Guild Starfire III comes standard with a transparent Cherry red finish in high gloss. The grain pattern of the mahogany body is visible, and the finish coating is ultra-thin for maximum resonance.

*New for 2023, Guild has re-released a limited run of the Starfire III in all black gloss.

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 Hollow Body
Body Shape Starfire III
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
Scale Length 24 3/4" (629mm)
Neck Shape Vintage Soft "U"
Nut Width 1 11/16" (43mm)
Neck Thickness 1st Fret 20mm
Neck Thickness 9th Fret 24mm
Truss Rod Dual Action
Truss Rod Wrench 7mm Socket Wrench
Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood or Ebony (Dependent on production date)*
Fingerboard Radius 9 1/2" (240mm)
Fingerboard Inlays Pearloid Dots
Fingerboard Inlay Location 3, 5, 7, 9, 12 (x2), 15
Frets Total 20
Fret Type Narrow Jumbo
Fingerboard Binding Ivory ABS
Color Black (BLK)
Bridge String Spacing 2" (51mm)
Hardware Finish / Plating Nickel
Bridge Guild Tune-O-Matic with Rosewood or Ebony Base (Dependent on production date)*
Tailpiece Guild Vibrato Tailpiece Hollow Body - Aluminum
Nut Material Bone
Tuning Machines Grover® Sta-Tite™
Strap Buttons Vintage Pawn
Pickguard Black with Guild Logo
Bridge Pickup Guild LB-1
Neck Pickup Guild LB-1
Pickup Switch 3-Way Toggle: 1. Bridge Pickup - 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups - 3. Neck Pickup
Controls Neck Volume & Tone, Bridge Volume & Tone, 3-way Toggle Pickup Switch
Strings D'Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound, Medium (.011 - .049)
Included Case Guild Deluxe Electric Guitar Hardshell Case
Upper Bout Width 11 3/4" (299mm)
Lower Bout Width 16 3/8" (416mm)
Body Depth Upper Bout 1 3/4" (44mm)
Body Depth Lower Bout 1 7/8" (48mm)
Body Length 20 1/4" (514mm)
Overall Length 41" (1041mm)
Item # 3792005806