Guild Starfire I Bass review

An old-school short-scale that will give you the vintage vibe without the vintage bass prices

Guild Starfire Bass I
(Image: © Guild)

Guitar World Verdict

A great addition to the Guild bass range.


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    Gorgeous looks.

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    Decent tone set.


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The Starfire bass guitar is the latest offering from Guild, and is a member of the company’s Newark St. Collection. This series marks the return of several of Guild’s guitars and basses from the '60s, with each instrument serving as a modern adaptation of the original, yet at an affordable price. 

Starfire basses were popular with many rock and pop groups during the '60s, with bassists such as Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead two notable low-enders who put them to use. We were sent the hollow-bodied Starfire I bass to put through its paces. 

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