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    Starfire XII

    Hi everyone I'm new here and would like to share my starfire xii in sunburst.


    I recently acquired it and I'm still getting used to to feel of a 12 string.
    It came with a case which I think is original.
    The guild guitar book dates it as a 1966 if I remember correctly.
    If somebody can tell me more about this guitar I would be very exited to know.

    The guitar is in nice condition considering its age but in a few spots the binding is letting loose and the bridge is on it's lowest point with still quite high action, is there a fix for this?

    Greetings from the Netherlands
    Last edited by Guilty; 03-08-2017 at 11:44 AM.

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    Welcome Guilty! Beautiful Starfire XII. You're in luck, THE Guild expert is right in your backyard. Hans Moust, who wrote the book on Guild,mean tell you everything you'd want to know. You can best contact him through his website http://www.guitarchives.nl/guitarsgalore/
    Chris
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    Hey Guilty, First let me say Welcome to LTG and what a beautiful 12 string! I am sure others will be along shortly with more info on your guitar. The action/bridge height/String Height issues you are mentioning are all signs that a Neck Reset is in your future. This is a result of 12 strings pulling on that neck since 1966. Granted it is major surgery but after a neck reset is performed by a competent Luthier she will play like new for the next 40 years. Look forward to hearing more and post some photos of the action and the bridge height so we can see exactly what is going on with it. Have a good one!

    TX
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    Hoboken-1960 X175, 1961 SF-II
    Westerly-1971 F612, 1976 G41, 2000 SF-V, 1984 S284, 1993 JF100-NT-CRV
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    Corona-2003 Fleming F47-Brz RW, 2003 D55 50th Ann. Brz RW#10 of 50, 2003 X160 R.B., 2003 SF-III-90
    Conn-2011 GSR D50 Coco, 2013 R30S, 2013 Orph 12 Fret Slope, 2013 Orph Jumbo, 2014 Orph Burst 000-12 Fret 12 String S.H. RW, 2012 F50-DTAR, 2012 F50R Burst, 2012 F50R DTAR, 2013 F512 Burst, 2014 F512-DTAR, 2014 D55-RS

    Amps
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    93 Sequoia

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    nice Strymon Blue Sky reverb pedal!! welcome to LTG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by txbumper57 View Post
    Hey Guilty, First let me say Welcome to LTG and what a beautiful 12 string! I am sure others will be along shortly with more info on your guitar. The action/bridge height/String Height issues you are mentioning are all signs that a Neck Reset is in your future. This is a result of 12 strings pulling on that neck since 1966. Granted it is major surgery but after a neck reset is performed by a competent Luthier she will play like new for the next 40 years. Look forward to hearing more and post some photos of the action and the bridge height so we can see exactly what is going on with it. Have a good one!

    TX
    Thank you for the warm welcome,
    The guitar sat untouched in it's case for at least two years before I bought it last month, since i've put new strings on it and lowered the tuning from E to D.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mavuser View Post
    nice Strymon Blue Sky reverb pedal!! welcome to LTG!
    Haha well spotted, it's a wonderful pedal. Thank you for the welcome

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    Wow, what a beautiful Hoboken 12-string.

    Your post got me to thinking. When did Guild produce its first 12-string, either acoustic or electric?
    Neal

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    Beautiful! Welcome!

    walrus
    1984 Guild D64
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    2008 PRS Hollowbody Spruce

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    Besides the super cool 12 string I also heartily approve of your amp choice. :)

    -Dave-
    1962 F-20 Troubadour
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    Welcome to the party Guilty!

    Here is my '66 SF-XII # DC-241 (Only 16 before yours!)


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