Total Guitar



We love the chorusing jangle of a 12-string electric, but it’s unlikely to be your one-andonly for a full set. However, while you can simulate a 12-string with effects, nothing comes close to the real thing. Hats off to Guild, then, for announcing its Starfire I-12, which brings the authentic 12-string electric sound in on a budget. This semi-acoustic beaut is made of laminated mahogany, with a mahogany centre block to help tame feedback. The neck is a modern, thin U profile with a rosewood fingerboar­d (24.75” scale) and we get a pair of

Guild HB-2 humbuckers, three-way switch and dual vol/tone controls. The Starfire

I-12 is available now, with shops stocking from £549.

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