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Thread: Guild Starfire V Mod

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    Guild Starfire V Mod

    Hello! This forum has been invaluable in my quest for the right guitar for me. It helped me decide to get my first guild a year ago, and have simply adored the guitar! Back to back it beat out a 4800 ES 335 in both tone and feel. It is a Newark Street Starfire V in white. I play every sunday at church (basically a cover band) and have been baffled at how many different sounds I can get out of this one guitar! I'll try to upload some pics later when I'm not at work.

    Anyway, there are a few things I'd like this guitar to do better. So I've been exploring and toying with some ideas on how to modify the electronics of this guitar. I am hesitant because of how much I love it, and am worried about potentially ruining my favorite guitar ever. So I'm hoping LTG can help me out. Now for the questions:


    1): The guitar has 2 Guild Little Bucker's (LB1). Does anyone know if it would be possible to put in a push pull switch to coil split these for single coil tones? I know not all humbuckers can, and haven't been able to find much info on these.

    2): If not, then I would look into buying another Starfire (4 or 5, because the bursts are gorgeous!! Maybe a westerly??), and putting in humbuckers that CAN be split. Which leads to my question: are the holes in the top of the SF large enough to fit in a full size HB? Like the Guild HB1. Obviously I don't want to have to cut away parts of the guitar. So I'm trying to figure out how to navigate all this. And I'd rather not spend unnecessary money on a Gibson when Guild is so much better for me (back to back I prefer the guild every time). And I don't want to go epiphone unless its absolutely necessary.

    3): adding a 10db 9v batter for volume boost? Does anyone have any experience with this?

    Help me LTG....You're my only hope! Lol. :) Thanks in advance!!

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    Let me offer another suggestion. Watch Craigslist or eBay or even Reverb for a Westerly or Corona made Starfire IV or V. They won't be much more expensive than the Newark Street if you watch carefully and make offers when you can. Then you will have full sized humbuckers that you can split. You will have an even better guitar.
    Don

    Guild X-170-T
    Guild Starfire V
    G&L ASAT Deluxe Semi-Hollow
    Gretsch 6119-1962HT Tennessee Rose
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    Fender American Standard Stratocaster
    Fender '90s Custom Telecaster

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    For example, here is a 1999 model for $1350 that has a best offer option. May not get it much lower but its worth a shot. Beautiful flamed maple guitar! https://www.ebay.com/itm/Guild-Starf...gAAOSwZW5aTCA7
    Don

    Guild X-170-T
    Guild Starfire V
    G&L ASAT Deluxe Semi-Hollow
    Gretsch 6119-1962HT Tennessee Rose
    Gretsch 6120 DC
    Gretsch 5422-12
    Fender American Standard Stratocaster
    Fender '90s Custom Telecaster

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    I did not know that the Westerly had full size Humbuckers! That definitely adds a whole new set of options! Do you know what kind they are? Guild HB? Seymour Duncan?

    Do you know if the LB1 in the Newark Streets are splittable?

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    That is a beautiful guitar!! Definitely worth considering now that I know the westerly and corona has full size HB. Thanks!! Great idea.

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    congrats and welcome on board. as far as I know, the LB-1's aren't splitable. i second the thought of getting an early 90ies sf 4 or 5. the HB-1's and the later (until 1999) Seymour Duncan Buckers sound great and are splitable. + you will even get another dimenson of sound with these. regarding a vol boost I'd simply buy a clean boost pedal which makes you more undependable on the guitar and you dont have to mess around with the electronics.
    my 2 ct, all the best,
    michael.

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    * '84 Pilot SB-602
    * '86 T-250
    * '87 Nightingale
    * '98 Starfire IV
    * '13 GSR T-400
    * '14 M-85
    * '17 M-20
    ...some more stuff and
    myself. ;)

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    LB1s have only a single lead (plus ground) so are not splittable.

    Vintage HB1s are also not splittable unless you get the uber-rare early '90s models with 4 wires.

    Late 90s Starfires have SD1s as mentioned above *and* they have 4 wires so they are splittable.

    Note that NS Starfires are import guitars so likely have metric pots which can be an issue when ordering push/pull pots. Late 90s Starfires (and early 00s for that matter) are superior guitars to anything NS IMO, but they don't have the LB1 chime that may be what you like about it. The SD1s are great pickups but they're different sounding with more of a classic humbucker vibe. Still, if you have them split I bet you'd be real happy with the possibilities.

    I would not add a battery to a Starfire. I have an X3000 with a battery and it uglifies an otherwise gorgeous guitar. The battery will not fit through the F-hole so on a SFIV you'd likely need to make a hole. That would be a deal breaker for me - get a pedal instead.
    1970s: [ S70 | S300AD ]
    1980s: [ X79 | X79-3 | 2x X80 | X100 | S270 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    1980s: [ S300AD | X82 | Detonator | Liberator Elite | NB | SF4 | D46 ]
    1990s: [ 2x S100 | X170 | X170T | SB602F | SF4,5 | BB | NB DX | X3000 | DV72 | BM01 ]
    2000s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R ]
    2010s:
    [ 2x T-Bird ]
    Amps: [ Yes ]

    My Reviews: GADsGuilds.com

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    What GAD said. You could convert the pickups to 4-wire, but I'm not sure half an LB-1 would sound very good, anyway.

    '66 Starfire XII (sunburst) SOLD
    '71 S-100 (natural) SOLD
    '74 Starfire VI (walnut/mahogany body) TRADED
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    I didn't realize that the westerly and corona had HB1 and or SD1. That is good info. I'll definitely have to look into that and consider it. Thank you! I am bummed that the NS has only two wires, but I somewhat expected it even if for the wrong reasons.
    Cutting a hole in the guitar is 100% a deal breaker, so I'll travel down the pedal route.

    Any recommendations on a pedal that you have experience with?

    Does anyone know if a full-size HB would fit into the SF body without cutting holes? I'm thinking that if a HB SF is as rare as you say, it may be easier to get a NS SF4 and then swap the pickups. But cutting a hole is still a deal breaker. Does a full size HB fit in the SF body?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kakerlak View Post
    What GAD said. You could convert the pickups to 4-wire, but I'm not sure half an LB-1 would sound very good, anyway.
    Yeah - mini-hums and things like TV-Jones aren't known for their splitability.
    1970s: [ S70 | S300AD ]
    1980s: [ X79 | X79-3 | 2x X80 | X100 | S270 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    1980s: [ S300AD | X82 | Detonator | Liberator Elite | NB | SF4 | D46 ]
    1990s: [ 2x S100 | X170 | X170T | SB602F | SF4,5 | BB | NB DX | X3000 | DV72 | BM01 ]
    2000s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R ]
    2010s:
    [ 2x T-Bird ]
    Amps: [ Yes ]

    My Reviews: GADsGuilds.com

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