How long have you owned the Newark Street Starfire Bass: Several months now.

Year & specific model: 2013 Newark Street Starfire Bass. Only version on the market at time of purchase.

Purchased new or used: New

Price paid: $1,100 USD covered bass, case, shipping, sales tax and left something for a set of strings.

Owners rate 1 (least appreciated) to 10 (most appreciated) in following categories with comments as desired:

Build quality - 9 - I cannot find anything to complain about except maybe that the backs of the tuners do not seem perfectly aligned. I may have been lucky since other people have reported things like off center skunk stripes, rough fret edges, and string buzz that could not be adjusted away. But not my bass.

Looks - 10 - What's not to like about a shiny cherry red Starfire?

Bass - Solid and never muddy.

Mids - Rich mids, very musical. (Stole that from someone else).

Highs - Approaching thin and tinny with factory installed roundwounds.

Sustain - Phenomenal.

Playability/comfort - 10 - Shape works for seated and standing (with strap). No balance issues, at least with a wide strap that doesn't slide on the shoulder. Reasonably light weight although have not put it on a scale. Neck shape is the same as the Guild short scale bass necks prior to 1977 so if you like those, you'll like this.

Dependability - Dunno. Holds tuning well. No signs of any failures at this point.

Fingerstyle - Very flexible. With the thumb rest and the PU itself there is an opportuinity for a lot of variation in right hand position.

Flatpick - N/A

Strum - N/A. I'd say Strum and Flatpick are not appropriate for a bass but then there is this.

Condition (Mint/Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor): New

Favorite Strings (one selection only): TI Jazz Flats

Would you buy another if lost/sold: Depends. I have the luxury of owning a 1967 Starfire I as well and it is hard to justify owning both if I am not playing out. But when I am there's a lot to be said for using an instrument that is currently being produced.

Overall Assessment: Outstanding.

Most Appreciated Characteristic: Degree to which it successfully emulates a Starfire bass from the 1960's.

Least Appreciated: Factory installed roundwounds followed by my personal observation that there are slight differences in tone between the vintage Bisonic pickup and the Newark Street pickup.

Favorite Story/Moment: When I realized I had decided to walk out of the store with it even though I had the '67.

Other observations/comments: If you don't compare this bass to its vintage brethren then it is a very fine bass and it holds its own against similarly priced new instruments. If you do compare it to its vintage brethren then it is a 95% solution. Once you swap the rounds for flats, the discerning ear can still hear slight differences in the tone so the question becomes: Is that difference in tone worth paying two or three times more?

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