This Starfire IV from 1968 is a double cutaway semi-hollow instrument with a laminated maple body in a red/black sunburst finish- this was the standard alternative to the more common cherry red. The guitar remains mostly original with only a couple of small parts replaced-specifically the pickguard bracket and switch tip.
The label is missing but the serial number on the headstock is intact, dating this guitar to mid-1968. Other than this the guitar shows some small chips and dings, but a good proportion of the finish on the back of the neck has been worn away-somebody played this one a lot!
Guild Starfire IV Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1968), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # EL-2180, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, laminated mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.
The Starfire series has been Guild's most consistently successful electric guitar line since its inception, and was by far the company's most popular electric instrument in the 1960's. A nice example with some general wear, most notably to the back of the neck, but a nice unfaded finish.
This Starfire IV is a very versatile guitar and has been a perennial favorite among players of many styles-they are particularly well thought of as an electric blues instrument.
With over 60 years of experience, Guild continues to be a driving force behind innovation and technology in the music world.
As one of the six original American guitar brands, Guild is a sought after brand by professionals and hobbyists alike.
The guitar you have is a Guild Starfire IV, which was built in 1968.
You may notice that this guitar is very similar to Gibson’s ES-335.