Guild brings its iconic Starfire single-cut archtop body to bear on a slick new performance platform: the Newark St. Starfire I Jet 90. The 6-in-line headstock and triple Franz P-90 pickups give the Jet 90 a mean modern rock aesthetic. Sam Bell reviews.
I turn up to Gi HQ, and it's not too often I'm surprised when I open a guitar Hardcase, its normally going to be something quite standard. However, on this one fine August day, I opened this Guild guitar hard case to be presented with this quite spectacular, unique looking instrument. I cannot explain it in text, but just one look and you'll see what I mean. The Guild Starfire Jet 90 in Satin White is like something from a Rockabilly Fiction. The bright satin white of the guitar punctuates the sheer size and awe of this guitar. It's very cool; let's take a look at the features.
We have not one, but three P90 pickups, these can be selected via the six-way switch knob, these can also be interreacted with via the Volume and Tone. The pickups are exactly what you'd expect from P90s, round, fat, cutting and clean sounding. The guitar has its own Bigsby style trem for all the surf rock action; the body is hollow and arched, accented with some classic style F holes. Very classic design, very resonant. The Body is Mahogany, and so is the neck giving this guitar a nice warm mid-range honk.
It's quite a large guitar to hold for a skinny guy like me, however, it sits well, the body is so big that it feels like picking hand when seated is more towards the neck rather than around the bridge. The neck itself is quite a large C shape neck, medium frets and a relaxed radius to the fingerboard, not too flat, not too classic either. Playing this guitar with a clean tone or a bit of crunch, it's a satisfying experience, lots of response from the guitar, the notes really pop out of the neck so to speak.
It is, of course, a very unique style of guitar, it'll undoubtedly turn a few heads. It's built very well, sounds great, and it comes with a hard case. It can span the genera's as well from Blues, Rockabilly, Surf and I'd imagine with some down tuning and moody riffs/fuzz, we could find ourselves in the Alternative Rock dimensions. Even if you're a Strat player, if you see a Starfire Jet 90, pick it up, you'll smile.