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    So, uh, tell me about this '66 SFIII

    So it would appear that I bought this according to the confirmation emails I saw this morning. Thanks to a combination of sleep deprivation, cold medicine, and very good rum I don't remember any of it.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Guild-...e/312462725407




    Looks pretty good to me which in my properly conscious state raises some red flags but digging into the pics I don't see anything obviously wrong with it. I also apparently negotiated a deal because I did not pay what's shown on the page.

    Years ago in the early days of eBay I had a "no eBay after 10pm" rule as I came home one day to discover an Israeli gas mask delivered that I had no recollection of ordering. Might be time to enforce that rule again...

    Let me have it - did I do better in a drugged state than I do normally or should I have my computers all turn themselves off at 10pm?
    '70s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    '90s: [ S100 | X160 | X170 | X170T | SF3,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000s | DV72 | BHM1 | JF30-12 | Songbird ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R | X500T | D55 ]
    '10s:
    [ Jetstar | R30 | D55 ]

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    It looks pretty cherry to me. I hope you got him down a bit, because I think that was overpriced, imho. No shots of the break angle over the bridge, that's a little disturbing.
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNG View Post

    LOL - I do love me some NyQuil.
    '70s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    '90s: [ S100 | X160 | X170 | X170T | SF3,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000s | DV72 | BHM1 | JF30-12 | Songbird ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R | X500T | D55 ]
    '10s:
    [ Jetstar | R30 | D55 ]

    My Reviews: GADsGuilds.com

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    Tom breaks ‘em, you buy ‘em. Could be worse for a drugged side effect.
    Chris

    56 A-50, '57 CE-100, 58 A-350, '60 X-150, 60 SF II, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80, '82 S-275, 87 Nightbird I, '88 Detonator, 92 F-15ce, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, 14 NS Aristocrat, '16 NS T-bird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 T-bass, 66 Thunder T1-12, '69 T-star, 93 Sequoia,
    68 Bari Uke

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcornHouse View Post
    Tom breaks ‘em, you buy ‘em. Could be worse for a drugged side effect.
    I thought about that while posting. Guess buying a vintage guitar is better than falling on one.

    I should be selling guitars not buying them!

    Still, I'll now have a Hoboken, Corona, and Newark Street Starfire III to compare. Might need to get a Westerly to complete the set. To the NyQuil!


    '70s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    '90s: [ S100 | X160 | X170 | X170T | SF3,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000s | DV72 | BHM1 | JF30-12 | Songbird ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R | X500T | D55 ]
    '10s:
    [ Jetstar | R30 | D55 ]

    My Reviews: GADsGuilds.com

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    Congratulations! This one looks to be in an unbelievable great condition!
    Ralf

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    It looks exceptionally clean in those pics, an original too. (though I'm not sure about the bridge, I'd have to see that up close). It's a pretty high price for a SFIII, but then I've never seen one that clean.

    -1960 CE100D
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    -1962 X175
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    -2011 F47R
    -2015 Newark Street X175 BLK

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    I had a '66 III with a 1 11/16ths neck. Liked it a lot.

    Steve is right about the breakover angle, but after 30 years of fighting breakover problems, so what?

    Almost all of those thin archtops need a neck set, but I wouldn't jack with it, because it will never be an invisible repair (my fave luthier pulled about a 2 inch strip off of the bass side laminate when the neck came off of my SFIII. Of course the finish on mine was so checked that no-one could tell!). You basically have to find one where the neck is already loose before you don't lose some value by going for the reset.

    But you know, it doesn't matter, because the guitar is so cool the way it is. I would put a set of 11s on it, with a wound G, so the guitar will intonate reasonably well. There's a chance it will be a bit harder to play, but give it a try.

    Have a great time with it, Gary.
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
    '66 Starfire I SB bass, '67 Mark IV pear wood, '75 Mark 4 P padauk,
    '66 Thunderbird amp, '68 Thunder 1 RVT amp,

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