Shergold Telstar Standard ST14 review – don’t sleep on this new boutique-style solidbody, especially at this price

Styled somewhere between a Firebird and a Cabronita Telecaster, this is a mighty fine-looking new design from the ’70s Brit-brand – and at a very tempting price

Shergold Telstar Standard ST14
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Low-cost doesn’t mean low performance – certainly in this case. This is a familiar-yet-original design that performs well above its price in playability, sound and style.


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    Affordable and original.

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    Pleasing neck profile.

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    Very playable.

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    Three highly usable sounds.


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    Might be hard to find in some territories.

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    The tuners aren't anything to write home about.

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Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Shergold, the minor-league brand, headed by Jack Golder, that built guitars in the UK from 1975 to 1982. At the time they were well-liked, and famous users include Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook. 

Fast-forward to 2017 and UK distributor Barnes & Mullins – the company behind Faith acoustic guitars – re-launched Shergold with the new Masquerader designed by top UK-guitar maker Patrick James Eggle.

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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.