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    1997 Starfire III Review

    The review:https://www.gad.net/Blog/2019/06/04/...-starfire-iii/



    Number three in my Starfire review-a-thon, this 1997 Starfire is the one I probably looked most forward to reviewing.
    Last edited by GAD; 06-04-2019 at 04:28 PM.
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    Excellent review as usual GAD, thanks for taking the time to write it! The late Starfires are my fav, especially the III. I think the difference in tone between the mahogany and maple examples is more than subtle and, therefore, enough to justify having one of each (not that I'm trying to be an enabler).

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    Great review!
    Dave

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    You seem to know quite a bit about the Starfires. Would you happen to know if Guild ever made a V or VI without the tailpiece?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WayToBlue View Post
    You seem to know quite a bit about the Starfires. Would you happen to know if Guild ever made a V or VI without the tailpiece?
    There's always a tailpiece; a harp tailpiece, a vibrato tailpiece or a stop tailpiece!

    Which tailpiece are you referring to?

    Sincerely,

    Hans Moust
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    Quote Originally Posted by WayToBlue View Post
    You seem to know quite a bit about the Starfires. Would you happen to know if Guild ever made a V or VI without the tailpiece?
    Hans is on the case. No one knows more than Hans.
    1970s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    1980s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    1980s: [ Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    1990s: [ S100 | X160 | X170 | X170T | SF3,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    1990s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000s | DV72 | BHM1 | JF30-12 | Songbird ]
    2000s: [ SF3 | SF4 | B-90 | BB-90 | X160R | X500T | D55 ]
    2010s:
    [ Jetstar | R30 | D55 ]

    My Reviews: [ GADsGuilds.com ] Guild Documents: [ Catalogs ] [ Price Lists ] [ Ads, Flyers, etc. ]

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    Great review, GAD! I had a late 90's II and a IV, but never a III - and you can't beat these guitars in black!

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    Nice job GAD. Love the black one!
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    Purdy. Nearly bought me a black SFIII recently, and still might. Incidentally, my Corona SFIII-90 is so comfortable in my hands; i can't fault the manufacture on that guitar at all.
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    Love Starfire IIIs!
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