'66 Guild Starfire IV question

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  1. Kurzman

    Kurzman Supporting Member

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    Just ordered one but it needs a pick guard (and hardware). A fellow has one from a '67 but I don't know if it would fit. He said the '67 had DeArmond pickups and the '66 had the Guild mini-humbuckers. Does this sound right?
    Also, do you know of any place I could buy a repro with the mounting hardware. I've searched on the net but it's a little confusing.
    Thanks in advance for the help.
     
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    Leonc Wild Gear Hearder Gold Supporting Member

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    There's the guy at Pickguardian.com is very very good, and reasonable too.
     
  4. Kurzman

    Kurzman Supporting Member

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    I agree about Pickguardian. He's fabricating a guard of a '66 Vox Phantom VI for me right now. But I'm going to need the mounting hardware also and I don't think he does that. I'd also like it to have the Guild logo which he also doesn't do.
    PM going out to desertrat07.
     
  5. Artie Fisk

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    By '66, there shouldn't be any DeArmond pickups on any Starfire, as far as I know. Both the '66 and the '67 should have left the factory with the Guild mini-hums. I've only ever seen '66 12-string Starfires with DeArmonds on them...the 12-string Starfire that Guild sent to John Lennon (probably by mistake, meaning it for George Harrison) on their '66 tour had DeArmonds, for example...
     
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  6. Artie Fisk

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    The Guild Guy (New Hope Guitar Traders) is out of business, but he has a stock of vintage Guild parts for sale, still. Email him at jpilzer@guildguy.com.
     
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    As far as I know, the pickguards for ANY Starfire from that period should fit a IV, BTW. The III and below had a single-ply guard, and the IV and up had a 3-ply, but they're the same size...
     
  8. Kurzman

    Kurzman Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the tips. I've ordered a pick guard assembly from Guild for a SF IV that probably won't fit. The '67 on eBay looks like the space for the bottom pickup has been altered. If The new one doesn't fit I'll check with Mr. Pilzer. I actually bought a guitar from him about 20 years ago at a Philly guitar show. (A bright transparent green Thunderbird style DeArmond baritone.)
     
  9. swiveltung

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    Check out the Guild forum. "Let's talk Guild" someone may have a pickguard and Hans will know all about the pickups. There's a lot of confusion on pickups, mini, large etc.
     
  10. Kurzman

    Kurzman Supporting Member

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    Well.....Missed it by THAT much....

    I received the new SF IV pick guard from Guild (Cordoba). It doesn't fit exactly (see the fit around the bridge pickup) but you know what, close enough for Rock & Roll.

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  11. bob-i

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    That pickguard seems to fit just fine. I had a Starfire in the 60s, see my avatar. I never shoulda sold that guitar, but I wanted a Strat and needed money.
     

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