Guild DeArmond Starfire Custom

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Guild

Description Semi-hollow body electric, double-cutaway, 2 American De Armond pickups, tone and volume control for each, 3-way pickup selector switch.
Posted By Nick Scally (541)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 1/12/2004, Nick Scally (541) posted:
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I would definitely replace this guitar if I lost it, if I could find one (I think the line was discontinued). The only thing I'd change is the location of the pickup switch.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Made in Korea, laminated maple body, maple neck and semi-hollow archtop body. 22 frets on a rosewood fretboard. 2 USA-made DeArmond Humbuckers, tone and volume control for each pickup, 3-way pickup switch.
This guitar played well out of the store, and still plays just as well today. Action is appropriate for this style of guitar - a little higher than a solidbody electric to accomodate thicker strings. The neck is very comfortable, and the guitar holds very well standing up - probably due to the heavy body, it stays at the angle you want it even with a slippery strap. This is the best playing electric I own, and better than most I have played. The only complaint I do have is that the location of the pickup switch is very close to your leg when sitting, so if you lean forward or pick your leg up too much, you can easily bump it out of the bridge position inadvertently.
Sound Quality:
This guitar sounds best with few effects. A little reverb is all I've really used with it clean, and it takes to distortion very well - has a great fat sound to it. If I want to pile on the effects, I'll pick up my strat. The only complaint I do have about the guitar is that it's a little more bassy than my others, so I have to turn the bass down a touch from my normal positions to keep from sinking in mud. Very warm mids, and bright highs round the sound off nicely.
Hasn't let me down yet, it could probably use a fine-tuning now that I've been banging on it for 2 years, but it's nothing that I wouldn't expect any guitar to need after as much as I've played it. The pick guard sometimes gets a little loose (it's bolted to a little metal arm that holds it up away from the body, and that nut vibrates loose occasionally. A little lock-tite would do the trick though. Solid as a rock otherwise!