12-string guitars come in many shapes and sizes but typically they are acoustic electric. The new Guild Starfire 1 12-string is a nod to their past historic model. There are many features that separate this model from an acoustic 12-string, but foremost it has a mahogany center block that helps avoid stage feedback. The archtop semi-hollow body Guild Starfire 1 has a mahogany top, back and sides. For a 12-string the Guild is easier to navigate whilst chording thanks to the thinner U-shaped neck. The Tune-o-Matic bridge with stop tail piece adds to the stability and consistent tuning. Guild has loaded two Guild HB-2 pickups with Alnico II magnets into this instrument. Controls consist of a three-way toggle for pickup selection and two volumes and two controls. Since they are fitting 12 strings on the headstock Guild installed mini chrome enclosed machine heads. It features a Cherry Red translucent finish on the body and neck with white binding and a bound rosewood fretboard. Traditional Guild control knobs, three step pickguard and headstock logo are reminiscent of past Guilds. Playing the Guild Starfire 1 12-string through an amp and PA system the guitar truly shines. I preferred the tonality when I rolled off the bass some and let the mid and treble frequencies come through more. The mahogany center block keeps the Guild balanced and not neck heavy as many 12-strings are. If you are an electric guitar player that has been apprehensive about approaching a 12-string this Guild Starfire could be just the ticket for you. The Guild Starfire 1 12-string doesn’t come with a gig bag or hardcase, but I would recommend purchasing one to protect your investment. It is a very affordable electric 12-string that also looks and sounds great. Add some jangle to your sound with the new Guild Starfire 1 12-string!
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Eric Dahl, Editor