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.
Acoustic Guitar magazine features a review of the Guild F-30CE Standard guitar in its September issue.
“It is evident that great care was taken in the making of our F-30CE, a product of Guild’s New Hartford, Conn., production facility, which has been in operation since 2008,” notes reviewer Adam Perlmutter. “The gloss finish on the body is perfectly applied and buffed, and the neck’s satin finish is similarly well executed. The frets are impeccably crowned and polished, and the bone nut and saddle cleanly cut, precluding the adjustments commonly needed to make a brand new guitar more playable. A peek inside the guitar reveals no hint of laziness, either; the bracing and kerfing are smoothly sanded and undetectably glued.”
The review also includes a breakdown of its sound, playability and D-TAR® Wave-Length™ electronics. AG‘s review concludes with:
“It has a superb, balanced tone when fingerpicked and works nicely for strumming as well. A great-sounding electronics package makes this fine guitar even more of a winner.”
The magazine also offers an online video review here.