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    NGD: Starfire III-90

    Fingers crossed I've just snagged this nice Corona III-90. It's not in my hands yet, so I don't want to jinx it. Weirdly it's just up the road from me and been sitting on on Reverb for two months and I never spotted it. I don't know why no one bought it, on ebay they usually sell right away.

    Unfortunately it means I might have to let go of the Gretsch Duo Jet I just bought, but Duo Jets are common and III-90s don't turn up every day. This will be my third Starfire - I've had a great playing super mint 1960 with Dearmonds (that I was too young to appreciate at the time - couldn't deal with how pokey the pickups were) and 1966 with mini HBs that suffered from a high action; so with the P90s I'll have done them all. Nothing left to achieve :)

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    1957 X175 (ex)
    1960 Starfire III (ex)
    1962 X175
    1966 Starfire III (ex)
    1966 Duane Eddy DE-400
    2002 Starfire III-90

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    BTW, the original bridge is included
    1957 X175 (ex)
    1960 Starfire III (ex)
    1962 X175
    1966 Starfire III (ex)
    1966 Duane Eddy DE-400
    2002 Starfire III-90

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    Senior Member walrus's Avatar
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    Very very nice! I love the look of the black pickup covers with the the black finish! I had a Corona BB P90, the Corona electrics are great guitars!

    Congratulations!

    walrus
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Very very nice! I love the look of the black pickup covers with the the black finish! I had a Corona BB P90, the Corona electrics are great guitars!

    Congratulations!

    walrus
    Thanks. Just arranged to collect it Monday, so it looks like it's in the bag! I was thinking, if I do want to bling it up I could always go with cream covers and clear or cream knobs.
    1957 X175 (ex)
    1960 Starfire III (ex)
    1962 X175
    1966 Starfire III (ex)
    1966 Duane Eddy DE-400
    2002 Starfire III-90

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    Senior Member Walter Broes's Avatar
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    congratulations! I'd seen that on Reverb, and wondered how it lasted so long, that was a fair price. Cool guitar!

    -1960 CE100D
    -1961 Starfire III Special
    -1962 X175
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    -2015 Newark Street X175 BLK

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    Very cool - I've never seen one in black!

    If that's a roller bridge it's infinitely better than the stock model though it's always worth having the original.

    Nice score!
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    I have been eyeing that for a while. That is going to be one fantastic sounding and playing guitar.
    If I had bought it, I wouldn’t have a place to play it because I’d be living in my car; my wife would see to that.
    I’m glad someone here got it. Congratulations! Looking forward to a full report.
    Shihan= Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    Very cool - I've never seen one in black!

    If that's a roller bridge it's infinitely better than the stock model though it's always worth having the original.

    Nice score!
    Actually I am a rare fan of the Bigsby bridge. I even retrofit them to other guitars. Hugely improved the sound and sustain of my Ric 330.

    The guy selling it is a jazzer. He just told me Les Paul was a mere showman with poor technique :)
    1957 X175 (ex)
    1960 Starfire III (ex)
    1962 X175
    1966 Starfire III (ex)
    1966 Duane Eddy DE-400
    2002 Starfire III-90

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    Sweet! I'd seen it...would've loved to have bought it, but no spare $$ at the moment. Enjoy!!!

    PS...tell the seller to listen to some Les Paul Trio stuff then get back to me... :)
    1954 Guild X-175
    1998 Guild JF-30

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    Nice! That's the early version with the pickup placed right against the end of the neck.

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