Dearmond Jetstar Special vs. Dearmond Jetstar w/ Gold Pickups vs. Newark St Jetstar

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Whew, so many Jetstars.
I'm interested in getting one and was wondering what the general difference in sound and tonality is between these.
I've also heard that the Jetstar is a very heavy guitar, is this true for all of them or just one model in particular?
Any other info is appreciated. Trying to get a feel for each without playing them in person.
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This is from 1999, I just add the Baritone model as well:

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The body and the neck construction is different. The "Special" has an Agathis body with a bolt-on maple neck and rosewood fretboard, the other two have mahogany bodies with set mahogany necks and rosewood fretboards.

The "special" is the very low end guitar made at Cor-Tek in Indonesia whereas the set neck models were made at Cor-Tek in Korea. The pricelist is also from mid 1999:

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The 2018 introduced Newark St. Jetstar has a different body shape (!) and is made in China by Yako Musical Instruments (Zhangzhou) Co. Ltd. (same factory that is producing for FMIC/Gretsch/Squier since 26 years already). The Guild little humbucker pickups are made by BHK in Korea.


The body shape you probably look for is the "T-Bird" (original Thunderbird).
There are several versions in the Newark St. line:

S-200 T-Bird with tremolo and LB-1 humbuckers:

T-Bird ST with LB-1 humbuckers: (no longer offered by Guild, but still in shops)

T-Bird ST with P-90 pickups:

The Newark St. T-Birds are made by WMI (World Musical Instrument Co. Ltd. ) in Korea.

Can't help with weight or sound.

Ralf
 
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Oh, I'd like one of those baritones. I never knew they existed

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One thing I can tell you is, the DeArmond Jets were very heavy guitars. I had two purple ones and sold both because they were boat anchors. I did like the Goldtone pickups quite a bit though.

I have two Newark St. series Guild S-200s now and would urge you to consider one. They are fairly plentiful used, and you can score a good deal on one if you look around. I just got a black one with all the bells and whistles, but if I got another, it would be the red one, which at the time was exclusive to Sam Ash. T-Birds are very comfortable guitars sitting or standing and they weigh considerably less than The DeArmonds do.
 
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