The article traces the origins of this vintage guitar, which was reissued by Guild in 2013 in an Antique Burst finish.
As PG notes, the 1954 Guild catalog described the M-75 as follows: “The use of an exclusively developed lighter semi-solid body construction gives the Guild Aristocrat a magnificence of tone never before achieved in a guitar this size.”
PG goes on to detail the specific features of the 1958 model, and shares the current value for the vintage guitar.
Premier Guitar recently posted an in-depth review of the new Guild Starfire Bass reissue, as well as an audio demo.
“The original Starfires were intended to offer up an easy playing neck, and the vintage spec’d, skinny neck of this bass is no different,” noted reviewer Rich Osweiler. “The fret dress was super clean and the neck felt fast and comfortable as I spent some quality time working the Starfire unplugged. And while doing so, I found this semi-hollow can resonate like there’s no tomorrow.”
Osweiler’s final verdict?
“The new incarnation of the Starfire bass is a nicely constructed instrument and it’s hard to find much fault with it,” he wrote. “It won’t appeal to slap stylists, those looking for super-modern tones, or more aggressive players who might find the dual finger rests a nuisance. (They can be removed.) The Starfire, however, could become a go-to for many players because its rich, warm, mellow tones are more than fitting for R&B, jazz, and of course, rock ’n’ roll. This bass has a little bit of history there.”
Head here to read the full review and check out their audio file below.
Premier Guitar‘s July issue focuses on acoustic guitars, and it wouldn’t be complete without reviewing a Guild guitar.
Gear editor Charles Saufley tested a Guild M-120, calling it “breathtakingly beautiful.”
“For a lot of players, few guitars are lovelier than an all-mahogany orchestra or auditorium model,” he noted. “And the M-120 is a shining example of how a mahogany flattop can look breathtakingly beautiful.”
Watch the magazine’s video demo below, and read the full review at PremierGuitar.com.