Guild guitars are seriously underrated – so you’ll need to be quick to save $600 on a Starfire IV because this Cyber Monday deal is flying, and already close to selling out

Guild Starfire IV guitars on a Guitar World Cyber Monday deals image
(Image credit: Guild)

Guild is a seriously underrated electric guitar maker, and quite frankly not enough players are aware of the quality that Guild models offer – both in terms of build and tone. That's why we're especially eager to share with you the fact that Sweetwater is still offering up to $600 off a range of Guild Starfires.

As far as discounts go, $600 off for one of the finest semi-hollows on the market is very generous (one of the best Cyber Monday guitar deals we've seen) especially for a guitar of the Starfire’s caliber. Indeed, Guild has had a resurgence this year with a wealth of uber-desirable affordable offsets, the new US-made Standard Series acoustics and Kim Thayil’s signature guitar.

But as far as Guild’s electrics are concerned, it’s the semi-hollow Starfire – vouched for by the likes of Robben Ford and Buddy Guy – that is often seen as the pick of the brand’s bunch.

With that in mind, a quintet of Starfires of varying finishes, string configurations and hardware options have had their prices slashed on Sweetwater, including a classy-as-hell Starfire IV Semi-Hollow (in a choice of Natural, Vintage Sunburst or Emerald Green finishes) and a Shoreline Mist Starfire IV-12 12-string, all for $899 a piece.

For those looking for something with a bit more visual intrigue, a fifth and final Starfire IV – with a Cherry Red finish and ornate Harp Tailpiece – is also currently available for $899.

As expected, these proved to be incredibly popular on Black Friday: a few of the models are even on backorder as Sweetwater awaits more stock. Don't let that put you off, though, because the deal still applies if you're quick and reserve a model before the promotion ends.

Guild Starfire IV: Was $1,399, now $899

Guild Starfire IV: Was $1,399, now $899
Save up to $600 on five Guild Starfire models over at Sweetwater. These guitars are seriously underrated at the best of times, so $899 for each is a really great deal. They've each got '60s-voiced LB-1 humbuckers for Golden Era tones, and are uber-playable thanks to their three-piece U-profile necks and thinline maple bodies. Oh, and they look drop dead gorgeous, too.

It's a sad fact that the Guild Starfire is often slept on, and is all too often overlooked in favor of some pricier or trendier big name alternatives (think the Gibson ES-335, Epiphone Casino or D’Angelico Premier DC).

But for our two cents the Starfire easily holds its own against the competition (perhaps even exceeds them), so $600 off makes for a pretty unmissable deal in our books, especially if you’re all about semi-hollow deals this Cyber Monday.

Across the board, you can expect to find LB-1 Little Buckers – a hum-cancelling pickup design heralding from the 1960s that sits between a single-coil and humbucker tones – as well maple bodies, three-piece maple/mahogany necks, and 22-fret rosewood fingerboards.

Aside from the fact it's also infinitely playable thanks to a thinline body size, slightly shorter 24.75" scale length, 9.5" fingerboard radius, and vintage soft-U neck profile, the Starfire quite simply looks the part. That double-cut body and dual f-hole build is absolutely timeless, and something about that angular Guild pickguard just looks right.

As mentioned above, a few options are available. Three come equipped with TOM-style bridges and Stopbar tailpieces, one is setup for 12 strings, and another offers a Harp tailpiece, just for some extra aesthetic points.

So, if you’re in the market for a top-notch semi-hollow guitar this Cyber Monday – or looking to satiate your thirst for a ES-335-style instrument – you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than this here Guild. But just be wary: we expect this to ship fast.

For more similar savings, head over to our guide to the best Sweetwater Cyber Monday guitar deals.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.