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Guild is proud to introduce the Starfire Bass II, a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that brings additional sonic options to one of Guild’s most iconic models. The Starfire Bass II originally debuted in 1967, shortly after the single-pickup version, and quickly garnered a following that included Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) and Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead). The addition of the BiSonic BS-1 neck pickup on the Starfire Bass II gives bassists a warmer, smooth sound for added tonal flexibility. This double cutaway bass guitar features an arched laminate mahogany top and back, and mahogany sides, dual Guild BS-1 pickups, individual volume, tone, and master volume knobs, and a pickup selector switch. A clear, high gloss finish highlights this bass guitar’s natural beauty. The Starfire Bass II brings Guild’s vintage vibe to the modern bass player. Available in Black, Emerald Green, Natural, or Cherry Red.

List Price: $1,800

This bass is available through any Authorized Guild Dealer. Find one near you by clicking the button above. If you have any troubles finding a dealer near you, please don’t hesitate to contact us and a Guild Representative will be happy to help. 

A Closer Look at the Starfire Bass II

    The Guild BS-1 BiSonic pickup was originally found in many of the solid and hollow body Guild basses in the 1960s and 70s. The BS-1 has developed a cult following resulting in several reissue versions and designs, including the famous Darkstar by Fred Hammon and BS-DS by Curtis Novak. Wound to 6.4K Ohms, similar in specification to a Hammon Darkstar, the Guild BS-1 provides a refined modern tone in a classic package.



    Body ConstructionSemi-Hollowbody
    Body TopArched Laminated Mahogany
    Body BackArched Laminated Mahogany
    Body SidesLaminated Mahogany
    Body ShapeStarfire™ Bass
    BracingCenter Block
    FinishGloss Polyurethane, Black
    Body Depth Upper Bout1 3/4″ (44 mm)
    Body Depth Lower Bout1 3/4″ (44 mm)
    Body Length18 1/4″ (464 mm)
    Body Width Lower Bout16 3/8″ (416 mm)
    Body Width Upper Bout11 5/8″ (295 mm)
    Overall Guitar Length46″ (1168 mm)
    Body BindingIvory White with Black/White Purfling
    PurflingBlack/Ivory White
    Soundhole/F-Holes BindingUnbound F Holes


    Neck Material3-Piece Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany
    Neck ShapeVintage Soft “U”
    Neck FinishGloss Polyurethane
    Scale Length30 3/4″ (781 mm)
    Nut Width1 11/16”
    Nut MaterialBone
    Fingerboard MaterialIndian Rosewood
    Fingerboard Radius12″ (305 mm)
    Fingerboard InlaysPearloid Dot
    # of Frets21
    Fret SizeNarrow Jumbo
    Tuning MachinesGrover® Vintage 142 Series
    Hardware Finish/PlatingNickel Plated

    Truss RodDual-Action
    Truss Rod Wrench7mm Hex Truss Rod Wrench


    BridgeGuild® Adjustable Bass Bridge with Rosewood Saddles
    StringsD’Addario® EXL165 Nickel Wound Bass, Custom Light, (.045-.105 Gauges)
    Case or Gig BagTKL Deluxe Hardshell
    Neck PickupGuild BS-1 BiSonic Bass
    Bridge PickupGuild® BS-1 BiSonic Bass
    Pickup ConfigurationSS
    Control KnobsBlack Plastic
    ControlsIndividual Volume & Tone, Master Volume, 3-wayToggle Pickup Selector
    Strap ButtonsVintage-Style
    Item Number379-2410-806

    The Starfire Bass II is Also Available In Natural, Emerald Green & Cherry Red:

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