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Thread: Scale Length for Late '90s DeArmond Starfire Bass

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    Only thing that might sway me towards the DeArmond over a used Guild SF would be if it had a Sunburst finish. Think I'd still wind up with the NS Guild, because I love the Bi-Sonics and the neck profile and nut width are just perfect for me. I also prefer un-bound necks, appearance-wise. But I'm me and you're you, so your equation may differ.

    There are definitely some great deals on Guild NS SFs (both I and II) out there if you are patient and ready (with cash) to strike when you find them. I found both an NS SF-I & an NS SF-II for under $900 apiece brand new with HSCs. I've seen used NS SF-Is in excellent condition go for $650. The SF-Is are fantastic basses, so don't write them off just because they don't have the neck pup: I believe that some here even prefer them to the SF-IIs.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Minnesota Flats View Post
    Only thing that might sway me towards the DeArmond over a used Guild SF would be if it had a Sunburst finish. Think I'd still wind up with the NS Guild, because I love the Bi-Sonics and the neck profile and nut width are just perfect for me. I also prefer un-bound necks, appearance-wise. But I'm me and you're you, so your equation may differ.

    There are definitely some great deals on Guild NS SFs (both I and II) out there if you are patient and ready (with cash) to strike when you find them. I found both an NS SF-I & an NS SF-II for under $900 apiece brand new with HSCs. I've seen used NS SF-Is in excellent condition go for $650. The SF-Is are fantastic basses, so don't write them off just because they don't have the neck pup: I believe that some here even prefer them to the SF-IIs.
    Good to know, Flats. The bass I'm looking at is Cherry, not Sunburst. Where have you seen new NS SF IIs for under $900? Online or in brick and mortar stores? Reverb? Amazon? eBay? With a HSC I would definitely consider that.
    2015 Guild Starfire IV ST
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    "Where have you seen new NS SF IIs for under $900? Online or in brick and mortar stores? Reverb? Amazon? eBay?"

    Got the SF-I from MF during a big sale and the SF-II from a brick-and-mortar music store via Reverb. The latter was a one-off deal, so I'm guessing that maybe they were desperate to unload some inventory and/or the SF-II just wasn't moving in their local market. I bought both sight-unseen (a bit of a gamble), so either I got lucky or Guild has pretty good QC. MF's more recent 15-20% sales seem to exclude a lot more brands than they used to, or maybe it's just that I happen to have been lusting after the wrong brands/gear more recently.




    (Edit after Photobucket blocked photo link) OK, that does it: I'm switching from Photobucket to Imgur. The barrage of pop-up ads that slowed my account to a crawl and rendered it all but useless was bad enough: now this. A quick checks shows that my links on all other threads in this forum have also been killed. Nice.
    Last edited by Minnesota Flats; 09-12-2017 at 09:00 PM.

  4. #24
    i just checked ebay, there are a couple new NS SF-2 basses w the case for $1299 or "best offer." August can be dreadful for retail, so if Minn Flats got one for $900, maybe that is a good time to try for a similar offer.

    There is also a red new NS SF-1 bass w the case on ebay for $999 from a brick and mortar shop in NJ. The SF-1 is a fantastic bass, maybe keep an eye on that one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cnivek61 View Post
    I set the budget for my first bass at $500, but am considering the Starfire for the reasons mentioned above. Otherwise, I'll probably end up with an Ibanez, G&L, Schecter, or PRS that falls in my original budget (and maybe save up for a Newark Street Starfire II).
    Some guitarists have had trouble dealing with 34" scale lengths on bass. If you don't think you will be one of them you might consider a Guild Pilot. Genuine Guild from Westerly and you can find them for $500 and less. I just asked Uncle Google about Guild Pilot Bass and of the first five results in the shopping section, three were under $500. I spot checked those and you should expect "normal" wear and minor cosmetic issues but should be good solid players.
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.

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  6. #26
    You might also ponder a NS M-85.

  7. #27
    If you found a nice like new Dearmond SF bass from the 90s with a set neck, USA humbuckers and hard case in the $500-700 range, you would be doing pretty good. NS Bisonic reissues are maybe $200-300 for a pair, and you could buy those later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavuser View Post
    If you found a nice like new Dearmond SF bass from the 90s with a set neck, USA humbuckers and hard case in the $500-700 range, you would be doing pretty good. NS Bisonic reissues are maybe $200-300 for a pair, and you could buy those later.

    That sums it up pretty well, mavuser. I was hoping someone might comment on the deal one way or the other, so thanks for that. I'll post bact to this thread when I decide what to do with pics as appropriate (if I'm allowed to post pictures).

    What are the chances this guitar may have neck issues after 18 years, even if showing little play wear? I read other threads about susceptability of Guilds to needing neck resets.
    Last edited by Cnivek61; 07-19-2017 at 07:28 PM. Reason: another thought
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    also there is a used "mint as new" NS SF-1 on Reverb for 889 and a brand new NS M-85 on Reverb for 899 right now. and u could probably find a used NS SF-1 for even less

  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by mavuser View Post
    also there is a used "mint as new" NS SF-1 on Reverb for 889 and a brand new NS M-85 on Reverb for 899 right now. and u could probably find a used NS SF-1 for even less
    Yup, if you're patient, one will come along. There was one on the talkbass forum classified section a few months back for $750 shipped. That one sold, but there's an NS SFB-II on there now for under 1k. You can see that one here, plus the older/closed listings for reference
    https://www.talkbass.com/search/14034650/?q=starfire&o=relevance&c[node]=126
    Last edited by mellowgerman; 07-19-2017 at 12:36 PM.

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