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Old 12-12-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Starforce Guitar?

I inherited a Starforce 8003 guitar from a family member that wasn't even a musician. I've been trying to find some info on this specific guitar for months and found nothing but generic info about the company and other models. So I come to you, the guitar gurus of Ultimate Guitar. Gimmie some idea on what is up with it. I'm getting the electronic worked on, had a slight buzz when I plugged it in, and I plan on keeping it. Just want some idea of how rare or not rare it is. I've only found one spot that even listed the model number. Most places don't even have it existing. HELP!!!

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Old 12-12-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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I had a starforce in the early 1990's. It was a strat shape with a bolt-on maple neck and a PRS style head stock. They were a budget line back in the 80's early 90's, but were pretty well made.

I have also looked for info and no luck at all.

You have any pic's?
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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Yup...
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:56 PM   #4
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The body looks similar to what I had, but mine was a HSH. And mine was also black, but it had neon green/pink/yellow splatter on it (Total Glam guitar).

You have one of the very few I have actually seen before. ( I've come across maybe 4-5 ever)
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:02 PM   #5
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lol Glam lol... oh the 80's

It's in great shape, not a nick on it. There's not even "belt wear" on the back. I can't wait to get it back from the shop. I want to see how it sounds. I hate the tremolo, so I have the tech dropping it so it'll sit like a solid state. The neck is blonde maple, as I'm sure you can see in the pix.

So, you think it's THAT rare. I don't mind saying - I'm a little more excited now.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:07 PM   #6
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I do believe that they are pretty rare, but rare does not equate to value. However in my experiences the Starforce guitars I have played have been pretty nice playing/built guitars.

I also have an old late 70's Sanox Sound Creator LP clone that was my first guitar in the early 90's. I have had it re-fretted new electonics and pickup. I still play it live to this day and absolutely love the guitar. I have had no luck finding any info on it other than the random Sanox for sale on ebay.
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I do believe that they are pretty rare, but rare does not equate to value. However in my experiences the Starforce guitars I have played have been pretty nice playing/built guitars.

I also have an old late 70's Sanox Sound Creator LP clone that was my first guitar in the early 90's. I have had it re-fretted new electonics and pickup. I still play it live to this day and absolutely love the guitar. I have had no luck finding any info on it other than the random Sanox for sale on ebay.


Not looking to sell it so value doesn't really mean too much to me. I just like having rare stuff. All my guitars are pretty standard and since I don't play live anymore or even plug in that much, this whole thing is making me excited to play again. New toys I guess...

Thanks for your help. I'll post updates when I get it back.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:03 PM   #8
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The Starforce company/brand was launched in 1988. These medium quality solidbody guitars featured designs based on the original Stratocaster with contemporary features that were common for the 1980s. Electrics were part of the 8000 Series and electric basses were in the 7000 Series. With the introduction of models such as the 8007 with its more original body design, and several bass guitar models, Starforce sought to expand its market niche, but they were only produced for a few years.

Source: Tony Bacon, The Ultimate Guitar Book.

It is rare but essentially worth very little.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:33 PM   #9
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There is a following or kind of a Cult following of Starforce guitars. They are (from what I hear) great playing/quality guitars costing next to nothing.

If you want to learn about your Starforce the best place will be on the Starforce Guitars Facebook page. It's where all the fans and collectors go to mingle and learn about them.
Here is a link to the FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/166098727488/?fref=ts
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:55 PM   #10
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There is a following or kind of a Cult following of Starforce guitars. They are (from what I hear) great playing/quality guitars costing next to nothing.

If you want to learn about your Starforce the best place will be on the Starforce Guitars Facebook page. It's where all the fans and collectors go to mingle and learn about them.
Here is a link to the FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/166098727488/?fref=ts


Thank Way Cool... I actually just joined the page. Funny how that didn't come up when I did a search.

And thanks Quintex. I figure they're not worth much, but like I said, I like having unique and rare things. It's like Tom Morello's "creamy" pawn shop guitar. It's weird.

I just hope I like the sound. Does anyone know if it's real 80's metal like a Jackson or kinda versatile?
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:08 PM   #11
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Well it is a SSS model, so I don't think it is gonna be a metal beast, but it will most likely be versitile
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