1972 Guild Starfire Model 302 Guitar
My uncle gave it to me for my 13th birthday party. He plays for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra; he plays standup bass. I know it's a Guild Starfire, and I'm, I'm pretty sure it's from the '70s.
And you do play it?
What we have here today is a, a rare Guild Starfire model 302 guitar. This guitar was made in Westerly, Rhode Island. The serial number is 63,000-- zero-zero-four, which indicates 1972. Westerly, Rhode Island, Guild guitars are considered to be the cream of the crop for that company. They really made wonderful guitars there. The Starfire was their flagship guitar, and this is a double sharp cutaway. All of their other double-cutaway Starfires are rounded. So they didn't make many of these guitars. Probably less than 200, maybe even less than 100. The Starfire is a really well-known Guild model guitar used by lots of famous people. But you don't see this one very often. So it's a, a pretty rare bird. It's a beautiful translucent red, which is probably their most popular color. Have you ever had it appraised or do you have any idea?
Uh, no. I've, I've, I've heard that it's probably around a couple of thousand dollars.
There'd be people out here that would probably pay, at retail, $3,000 to $3,500. A nice gift from your uncle.
A great 13th birthday present.
Yeah, I love it.
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