Guild Starfire I DC and I SC GVT review

If you’ve got a past, why not plunder it? What Guild’s new range lacks in historical accuracy it makes up for in price

Guild Starfire I DC and I SC GVT
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

They might not be historically accurate but the Guild Starfire I DC and I SC GVT have a vintage charm in abundance that will appeal to modern players look for affordable refinement, and a versatile ride through jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll styles.


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    Nice build for the price.

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    Good weight.

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    Classic voice with coil-splits.

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    The I SC GVT suits the coil-splits and has a more characterful sound.


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    A little TLC in final setup would be welcome.

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    You’ll need a case.

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Guild is on a bit of a roll this year and you can’t help wondering if it has a crystal ball. The company’s 2020 launches could have focused on some high-end USA-made versions of its almost-classic guitars from yesteryear, but instead the folk at Guild have given us some highly affordable – but still very Guild – electric guitars

These arrived in the form of the Aristocrat HH and P-90 models we looked at back in issue 460, plus the even more affordable “semihollowbody” versions of the Starfire models we have here, which are considerably less expensive than the existing models. Guitars for these times? Quite possibly. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.