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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / Newark Street Starfire I Bass

Taildragger
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"bald to the bone"
Oct 29th, 2015 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Picked this up @ a 20% discount from MF recently.

Comfortable neck carve and excellent build quality.
I'm sure that the Newark Starfire II offers a wider tonal palette, but those are a bit spendier and not widely available as yet. I'm a happy camper!

The object of my affection:

Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Feb 25th, 2017 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just a follow up: "the bloom is not yet off the rose". I still love this thing.

Haven't had an opportunity to try Hammon or Novak's take on the Bi-sonic pickup, so can't offer a comparison, but these Guild Bi-Sonics are my hands-down favorite out of all the bass pickups I've ever tried.

And by adding a Hartke Toneshaper "Bass Attack" pre-amp to the signal chain, I can really expand and tweak the range of the tonal palette available with what might otherwise seem somewhat limited by the single pickup design of this bass. The adjustable pole pieces allow one to dial in very even string-to-string response.

Haven't played another bass neck that feels more comfortable.

In short: my personal quest for what constitutes perfection may just be over, folks...

M'lady:

hushnel
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Jul 2nd, 2017 09:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the BiSonic too, I purchased one for the cheap Squire Affinity Bronco shortly after aquireing the my Starfire last July.

BiSonic Bronco

Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Jul 2nd, 2017 11:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an MIJ Mustang re-issue that I upgraded with Nordstrand NM-4s. But I'm VERY tempted to do what you did to your Bronco to it.

hushnel
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Jul 3rd, 2017 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's kind of crazy putting in a pick up that is worth more than the bass, I get a kick out the younger players judging me based on my eauipment choice.

It's all about the tone and playability. These two kids were sitting at the bar talking smack about my bass on the stand in front of my SWR neo with the minuscule GB Shuttle 9.0. They weren't being mean but couldn't imagine a skilled player using what amounted to a Strat Pack bass for bass players. I got a signal from Al it was time to start the set, bought the two kids a round of beer and headed up to kick ass for 45 minutes.

They were waiting to speak with me when the set was done. They pretty much were blown away by my sound, I sat with them and explained my rig to them. I wasn't much different at their age.

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