Guild Starfire II Bass (Black, 1970)

Here we have Guild Starfire II (1970), Bass in rare black finish in great condition with just a little natural lacquer checking and a few use age related marks. It comes in the original hard case and was maintained by Andy Demetri ( a very well-known and respected Luthier). As is the case for many Guild instruments of the early 1970’s, the neck is relatively thin and easy to play. The frets are in great shape with little wear. It plays very well and sounds great. The tone is full, smooth, fat, and thick. The Guild Starfire Bass II was popular with a number of bass players in the late 1960’s, notably Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Interestingly, so this model is the bass that got Alembic into the business of building basses after customizing Casady’s and Lesh’s Guild instruments.This bass has a centre block made from mahogany with a maple layer at the back. The hardware is all original, with tulip-buttoned open gear tuners and a top-mount bridge using rosewood saddles.