Guild Starfire IV Bass
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The Guild Starfire IV Bass is a 30.75" short scale, with great looks and vintage vibe to spare. With a single pickup (controlled by volume + tone knobs) it's a bit limited in capacity, but its sound is unmistakably 1960s -- you can practically conjure up The Jefferson Airplane, The Turtles, or heck, even Austin Powers just by cranking it up on a small tube combo and laying in with a pick. As a semi-hollowbody, it has a typical amount of neck heaviness, and the strap button placement on the heel of the neck may not alleviate this for some players. But overall it's a light instrument so this will not bother most. Also, the floating bridge has a limited amount of adjustment for either length or height, and without more invasive surgery, it will likely be impossible to intonate for most string sets. But that tone! The sacrifice may be worth it if you seek the groovy sound of yesteryear.
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Limited, but unbeatable sound
The bridge has a limited range of adjustment. Tuners can be a bit dodgy especially in temperature changing situations. But the sound is absolutely unbeatable, especially with flatwound strings -- a beautiful, round, vintage tone with fantastic range in the tone control. With a pick, you can get pretty close to an early Beatles tone.