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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / Guild Starfire Bass spec PSA

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jun 4th, 2018 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was looking at the current run of Newark Street Starfire Basses @ Sweetwater and noticed that they list the nut width spec as 1-11/16". Thinking this might be a typo (since the original Newark Street spec used to be 1.50") I e-mailed both Sweetwater and Guild, asking for refutation or verification. Sweetwater's response echoed Guild's, which was (and I quote):

"Yes, all of our new production Starfire Basses come with the 1-11/16" (43mm) nut width."

If you're not picky about neck width, you may give this a "meh".

But if you particularly liked the old, narrow necks and string-spacing, you may find this problematic.

Likewise, if you have previously shied away from these basses for the same reason, you might now reconsider and give one of the newer ones a test drive.

Though I haven't played one, I suspect that even the "new" necks will feel relatively narrow, since they probably have less taper (width-wise) in the upper registers than many other basses). At least this has been the case in the past.

In any case, just thought I'd point it out. If you are shopping for a used one online and this issue makes any difference to you, it would probably be a good idea to have the seller measure the nut so you'll know for sure which spec that particular bass meets.

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A dog

in a cake shop
Jun 4th, 2018 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's a good catch. I wonder why they changed the spec; is there a trend toward skinny bass necks these days?

Is the Fender Jazz Bass gaining ground on the vaunted Precision?

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jun 4th, 2018 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would think maybe it was done in response to people complaining that the string spacing was "too tight". I think it's really comfortable, myself, but I've got arthritis so wide necks make my thumbs ache.

If a P-Bass neck is your comfort zone, the older, 1.50" Starfire nut probably feels awfully skinny.

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A Friend of Bill W.
Jul 8th, 2018 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I play them all, sure I notice one neck being wider than another but it’s not somthing I pay much attention to. I don’t like thin guitar necks though.

Got me curious so I measured my Newark Street Starfire, it’s 1 1/2” Then I measured the ‘65 Framus sitting next to my lounge chair, it’s 1 3/8.

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