The main features of the Starfire bass are summarised in the table below. [more], Guild Starfire - Guitars Amplifiers Strings (1970)Features the Starfire V guitar, the Starfire bass II, Thunderstar bass amp, and the F-47 Bluegrass flat top Hardshell case included. The Starfire's bridge was also made by Hagstrom, and consisted of a metal baseplate with rosewood saddles. See more ideas about Phil, Grateful dead, Greatful dead. Phil had Modulus make his custom TBXs with an … Phil Lesh is interesting - I really started listening to the Dead in college (so 1988) and even saw the Dead three times between 1990-1994. Re: Phil Lesh's Alembic Modified Guild Starfire "The Godfather" « Reply #77 on: August 06, 2020, 03:07:53 PM » Not sure when I took this photo, but Phil wanted to make sure you heard him Maybe these towers factor into the standing wave discussions that have taken place here. The duo, with guest musicians, was billed as Bobby and Phil. The neck is a 3-piece running straight through the body, not touching the top or back until the butt of the instrument, where the bridge is sunk into it. The band is a trio, with Weir on guitar and vocals, Don Was on upright bass, and Jay Lane on drums. Early Adopters include Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane (Jack talks about his Guild basses in detail here ) who used these basses, often with heavy modifications in the late 1960s. It remained a feature of the Starfire throughout it's production run, with only a slight shape change in 1968. Paul's original bass of choice. [more], Need the value of your guitar? Phil Lesh's Alembic Modified Guild Starfire-"The Godfather" « Reply #60 on: May 06, 2015, 11:45:09 AM » Fascinating info - thanks for pulling back the curtain on a mystery that has confounded me for 40 + years. 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). Ultimate cool-kid Joe from New Jersey asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation for his very own Phil Lesh bass. Aug 14, 2020 - Explore Rlw's board "Phil Lesh" on Pinterest. Many bassists, including the Jefferson Airplane's Jack Casady and the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, liked both the easy playability of the Starfire's neck and the sound of its Hagstrom pickups. The Starfire bass stood up well against hollow body rivals such as the Epiphone Rivoli, Gibson EB2 and Fender Coronado bass. Guild Starfire II Bass Guitar Natural 1973, 1969 GUILD USA STARFIRE BASS CASE fits also EB SEMI BASS, Find more vintage guitars for sale at vintageguitarsforsale.co, 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog, 1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog, 1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog, 1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog, Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends, 1966 Hagstrom 'Worlds Fastest Playing Neck' catalog (Merson USA), 1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual, 1971 Gibson Les Paul Triumph bass owners manual, 1981 Gibson Victory MV-II electric guitar, Hagstrom Bi-sonic pickups, replaced by Guild humbuckers in 1970, Bound Maple (Sunburst and Blonde finishes) or Mahogany (all other finishes). I should have done that, and was prepared to, but got distracted. In the late 60s, into the early 70s, Phil also played a Gibson SG bass - I don't recall the exact model - that was modded to have two of the Guild/Hagstrom single-coil bass pickups from a Starfire bass. This is a great-sounding, great-feeling bass. Thanks for posting the picture! Part of the of the early 70s sound was that both Phil's basses (Gibson EB3 & Guild Starfire II) are short scale basses with flat wound strings, And they were both modded by Alembic. The Godfather on the left is a heavily modified Guild Starfire by Alembic. This late 1990s re-issue from the fine folks at DeArmond is a fantastic approximation of the … For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Me, too, that's why I assumed that position! Notice the details of this left-handed bass. Push-button bass boost, replaced by a tone switch in 1970, Sunburst, Cherry, Emerald Green, Ebony Grain, Amber, Brown, Black, Walnut, Blonde, Natural Mahogany. This dual-pickup, semi-hollow bass guitar adds both legendary style and a modern range of sonic options to Guild’s iconic Starfire Bass. Click through to have a look at each vintage Guild catalog. Starfire basses have been introduced in 1965 and where pretty popular back then, famous player as Felix Pappalardi (Journey), Steve Boone (Lovin´Spoonful), Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) or Phil Lesh (Greadful Dead) played a Guild Starfire bass because of their own sound. Width 16 3/8", 1 7/8" thin, length 20 1/4" (1968) 18" (1975). Phil Lesh – Starfire bass; Lera Lynn – Starfire III, T-50 [9] Chet Lyster Starfire V (60's vintage) Bryn Merrick - Guild B302 Bass; John Mayer Where The Light Is – Trio Set; Barry McGuire – F-212 12-string; Ellen McIlwaine – S-250, S-500-D; Pat Metheny – D40-C, F-50; Michael Nesmith – JF-30 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). Replace the center part and a couple of inches to each side with scalp and it looks familiar. Check out other vintage Guild advertisements, Guild Starfire - When we unwrapped it we were knocked-out (1965)This very early Starfire bass advert (mid 1965) from British music magazine Beat Instrumental shows the single pickup Starfire bass with the Hagstrom bisonic pickup in the bridge position. The Guild Starfire is one of the more desirable vintage bass guitars of the 1960s, and gained recognition by its high profile users of the decade such as Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Before settling on Irwin's creations, however, he played a Guild Starfire (1965-67), a couple P-90-equipped Les Pauls (1967-68), and a Bigsby-equipped Gibson SG (1969). In ’71 the bass player (Spike Daley, now living in Grass valley, CA) in my first all-original band wanted to sound more like Jack Casady (Spike liked Jack, Phil Lesh, John Entwistle, and Rick Danko—good taste), so bought himself a bass just like Jack’s—the Guild Starfire. Who is sitting behind the Fender Dual Showman cab, the one with the JBL speakers? Wickersham radically modified the instrument to include quadraphonic pickups (allowing the signal of each string to be sent to separate outputs) and active preamp circuits. The Guild Starfire range have proved to be some of Guilds most enduring instruments. The Starfire Bass II Flamed Maple (FM) is back and better than ever. 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 Starfire Bass II is a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that adds sonic options to one of Guild’s most iconic models, the Starfire Bass. The first rehearsal I took it to, the lead singer called it one bad mamma jamma. Click on the images for larger copies. If it's me, I'm on my stomach, head on my right arm and facing away. The other postures are possible but not what I would do to be comfortable. After that he played a not very modified Guild Starfire (preamps and some magnet changes in the pickups) through late '69 or so (Live Dead is a great example of this sound). Early Adopters include Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane (Jack talks about his Guild basses in detail here ) who used these basses, often with heavy modifications in the late 1960s. Any thoughts on the bass people?!! The Guild Starfire range have proved to be some of Guilds most enduring instruments. The addition of the BiSonic BS-1 neck pickup on the Starfire Bass II gives bassists a warmer, smooth sound for added tonal flexibility. Used Guild Starfire cherry red semi-hollowbody bass guitar. The Modulus TBX is an older model (before they started making them again). A two-pickup Starfire Bass was introduced in ’67, and was popularized during the psychedelic movement by Jack Cassady of the Jefferson Airplane and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead (some examples modified by the up-and-coming Alembic company). In fact it was the clarity of response of these pickups that meant Alembic kept these in place when modifying the circuitry of the Casady / Lesh basses of the late 1960s. The Starfire Bass II is a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that adds sonic options to one of Guild’s most iconic models, the Starfire Bass. The original Guild Starfire bass was a classic of ‘60s rock, beloved by Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Jack Cassidy of Jefferson Airplane, and countless other holders of the low notes. Guild Starfire Bass 2014 Cherry Red. [more], Guild Starfire - Buddy Guy Blues Band (1970)1970 Guitar Player advert featuring Buddy Guy's band - Buddy uses a Starfire SF IV through a Thunderbird guitar amp. JavaScript is disabled. If you are seeing his left arm, his face up, then he's facing the band. Some of the different variations of the Guild Starfire bass taken from catalog images over the period 1966-1975. That's the bass he played on Live/Dead, and from my understanding Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. The Guild Starfire Bass II is a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that adds sonic options to one of Guild's most iconic models, the Starfire Bass. Phil Lesh’s Guild Starfire Bass with Alembic Electronics featured the Grateful Dead's Steal Your Face logo and was known as "The Godfather." These are really great pickups, but for some reason, instruments fitted with these humbuckers are not as desired by collectors as older examples fitted with Bi-sonics. The Bi-sonics continued to be fitted to Guild Starfire (and JS) basses until 1970, when Guild finally replaced them with their own brand new humbuckers. 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). You can get close to that sound by using a short scale bass with a rack mount Alembic Superfilters (SF-2). The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide 2021 is out now, © vintageguitarandbass.com 2004-2020 | terms and conditions | donate. Check out the Starfire pre and post mods During the 1960s, Guild moved aggressively into the electric guitar market, successfully promoting the Starfire line of semi-acoustic (Starfire I, II & III) and semi-solid (Starfire IV, V … That was after the glory years of his sound in my mind - I don't think he sounds the same throughout time, that's part of what's cool about him is hearing the development of his sound. The original Guild Starfire Bass II was introduced in 1967, at the height of the psychedelic rock era, and the bass found its way into the hands of two of the scene’s most prominent players: Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady and the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. The Hagstrom Bi-sonic was a single coil unit, with a very unique design. You must log in or register to reply here. Hagstrom had been fitting them to their Coronado solid body bass from 1963, but by 1966 had moved on to a new smaller unit. The Modulus TBX is an older model (before they started making them again). It has so many knobs to control the monstrous Wall of Sound the Dead toured with in the early 70s. From there, a modified Gibson EB-3 (1969) preceded what became his main bass for several years: an Alembic-modified Guild Starfire known as "The Godfather." This is an arch-top, built for Phil — it’s sort of a Guild M-85, at least in shape. The Guild Guitar Company is a United States-based guitar manufacturer founded in 1952 by Alfred Dronge, a guitarist and music-store owner, and George Mann, a former executive with the Epiphone Guitar Company. [more], Guild Starfire - Guild Quantum Bass Amplifier (1967)Delivers that hard-driving, up-front, "Motown"-type sound - without going through the engineers control board1967 add showing two members of the Blues Project; Steve Katz playing a Guild Starfi... The doub... 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). His next bass, dubbed "The Godfather" was a walnut Guild Starfire with three Alembic pickups, including a quad pickup with four outputs for each string. The Grateful Dead posted a cool photo from 1967 with a shot of Phil's Big Red Starfire Bass: I think this is before any major mods - not the greatest pic for details but cool to see Phil hunched over it, clutching his pick and playing up high on the neck! Many bassists, including the Jefferson Airplane's Jack Casady and the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, liked both the easy playability of the Starfire's neck and the sound of its Hagstrom pickups. Later (1966), these were reversed, with the pickup moving to the neck position (see a 1968 Starfire Bass I, also left). 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). In the early 1970's, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead had his heavily modified Gibson EB3 stolen. To my knowledge he was playing a heavily modded Guild Starfire bass with two guild humbucker pickups through a few macintosh amps. In 1969, Lesh was playing a stock Guild Starfire. As a thought exercise, imagine a balding male who loses their hair on the top but nor the sides. The Starfire Bass II Flamed Maple (FM) is a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that adds additional sonic options to Guild’s iconic Starfire Bass. (1972)Black and white advert for the solid body JS II (fretted and fretless) and M-85 II basses, and the hollow body Starfire SF-bass II That was after the glory years of his sound in my mind - I don't think he sounds the same throughout time, that's part of what's cool about him is hearing the development of his sound. 1970 Guild S-100 Polara - collectible or not? The bass player uses a Starefire SF bass through a Quantum X amplifier We were so excited and honored to be a part of the process by donating a Starfire Bass II, which Alembic then modified to match Lesh’s iconic Grateful Dead-era bass. The Godfather on the left is a heavily modified Guild Starfire by Alembic. Phil had Modulus make his custom TBXs with an … The Starfire Bass II is a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that adds sonic options to one of Guild’s most iconic models, the Starfire Bass. In the late 60s, into the early 70s, Phil also played a Gibson SG bass - I don't recall the exact model - that was modded to have two of the Guild/Hagstrom single-coil bass pickups from a Starfire bass. There are 3 comments on this article so far. 1966 Guild Starfire bass with single Hagstrom Bi-sonic pickup Image Heritage auctions, 1975 Guild Starfire bass with dual Guild humbucking pickups Image Heritage auctions. Blew it up and if you say there is a closed eye with eyebrow or eyelashes visible I'm not going to argue. 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 short story is this: Phil started out on a Gibson EB0, then moved to a Fender Jazz Bass which he used until '68. Ultimate cool-kid Joe from New Jersey asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation for his very own Phil Lesh bass. Ha! Guild is proud to introduce the Star fire Bass II, a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that brings additional sonic options to one of Guild's most iconic models. There might be bangs but it could also be the spot at the back of the head where a center part stops. Starfire Bass II is a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that adds sonic options to one of Guild’s most iconic models, the Starfire Bass. Rare 1976 Guild Starfire SF-Bass II in Black finish, original and in good condition for its age. Not as distracted as everyone else is by the person lying on the ground though! 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). Overall length 46 3/4", Initially one-piece (later three piece) Peruvian Mahogany, rosewood 21 fret fingerboard with pearl dot position markers, Hagstrom bridge, Guild tuners, volume and tone control, hand rests, Hagstrom bridge, Guild tuners, 2 volume and 2 tone controls, master volume, pickup selector. [more], Guild Starfire - New Thunderbass amplifier (1966)Half-page advert for the Thunderbass amplifier, also featuring Allan Montoya (Brooks Brothers) with a Starfire bass The original Guild Starfire Bass II was introduced in 1967, at the height of the psychedelic rock era, and the bass found its way into the hands of two of the scene’s most prominent players: Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady and the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. Set up with Thomastik-Infeld flatwound strings. 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). This collectible miniature guitar replica was hand-crafted to honor the Legendary bassist. The Guild Starfire Bass II is a dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that brings additional sonic options to one of Guild' most iconic models. In the early 1970's, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead had his heavily modified Gibson EB3 stolen. Ha, I have to laugh! Can somebody tell me details about this Vox semi-hollow body guitar? Weir performed a concert tour in the Fall of 2018, as Bob Weir and Wolf Bros. It has so many knobs to control the monstrous Wall of Sound the Dead toured with in the early 70s. I'm thinking facing the band. The Grateful Dead posted a cool photo from 1967 with a shot of Phil's Big Red Starfire Bass: I wish I was the person laying on the floor (head at bottom right). "GUILD STARFIRE BASS" The "Guild Starfire Bass" was one of the most respected basses of the 1960s, and gained recognition by its high profile users of the mid sixties such as "Jack Casady" of "Jefferson Airplane", and "Phil Lesh" of "The Grateful Dead". Phil Lesh is interesting - I really started listening to the Dead in college (so 1988) and even saw the Dead three times between 1990-1994. We were so excited and honored to be a part of the process by donating a Starfire Bass II, which Alembic then modified to match Lesh’s iconic Grateful Dead-era bass. The top (spruce) and back (maple) are carved. That's the bass he played on Live/Dead,and from my understanding Workingman's Deadand American Beauty. There were two Guild Starfire models, the single pickup Starfire I, launched in 1965, and a dual pickup Starfire II debuting in 1967. His next bass, dubbed "The Godfather" was a walnut Guild Starfire with three Alembic pickups, including a quad pickup with four outputs for each string. 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