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DeArmond M-75 T

LP-Shaped Guitar from DeArmond .

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MGR/skilletMGR/skillet

DeArmond M75T

DeArmond M-75 TPublished on 06/05/02 at 15:00
I was on vacation in Toronto Canada and happened across a Lefty M75T in Steve's Music. I purchased it because i was hooked after trying it out for 5 minutes. This guitar sounds and feels great! I paid about $390 U.S. No way would i spend $1500 on a Gibson.

Pretty much everything! The appearance, the workmanship. The block Inlay work. The DeArmond name on the headstock i believe is in mother of pearl. I first tried it plugged into a Marshall tube amp cranked up with plenty of distortion......this guitar screams and has guts. This guitar looks well built, its heavy but not too heavy.This guitar should not come as close to its Gibson $1500 counterpart as it does in my opinion. Definitely...…
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I was on vacation in Toronto Canada and happened across a Lefty M75T in Steve's Music. I purchased it because i was hooked after trying it out for 5 minutes. This guitar sounds and feels great! I paid about $390 U.S. No way would i spend $1500 on a Gibson.

Pretty much everything! The appearance, the workmanship. The block Inlay work. The DeArmond name on the headstock i believe is in mother of pearl. I first tried it plugged into a Marshall tube amp cranked up with plenty of distortion......this guitar screams and has guts. This guitar looks well built, its heavy but not too heavy.This guitar should not come as close to its Gibson $1500 counterpart as it does in my opinion. Definitely a keeper!!

For less than $400 there is nothing to dislike about this guitar.

Constuction is solid, put together very well.Its heavy like a Les Paul but comfortable easy to hold and very playable. The neck feels great!! The fish is also very nice, the pick-ups and the bridge give it a great look. Again, this guitar is a great buy for less than $400

I picked up this guitar thinking it was a cheap rip-off of a Gibson. 5 minutes later i owned it. Its built well, sounds great and looks fantastic. Mine is an m75t lefty w/brown sunburst finish. If you try one you will be surprised at the quality of this guitar. If you just want a Gibson,spend the money. If you want to get pretty damn close and save a grand or more check out the DeArmond. If they made a car I'd buy it!!

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MGR/John BryceMGR/John Bryce

DeArmond M75T

DeArmond M-75 TPublished on 12/29/01 at 15:00
I’ve owned many guitars over the years and I’ve never been completely happy with any of them. Having thought of the Strat as THE electric guitar ever since seeing Buddy Holly on TV and finally able to afford a really good one I was totally disappointed. I loved that Strat but it just never felt right in my hands. For the first time ever I decided to approach this methodically and make a list of all the features I wanted and didn’t want in a guitar and I set out on the Internet to find one that fit all those specs. Almost immediately I discovered the DeArmond M75T and added it to my list. This is a model that Guitar Player Magazine awarded “Guitar of the Month” when it was first...…
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I’ve owned many guitars over the years and I’ve never been completely happy with any of them. Having thought of the Strat as THE electric guitar ever since seeing Buddy Holly on TV and finally able to afford a really good one I was totally disappointed. I loved that Strat but it just never felt right in my hands. For the first time ever I decided to approach this methodically and make a list of all the features I wanted and didn’t want in a guitar and I set out on the Internet to find one that fit all those specs. Almost immediately I discovered the DeArmond M75T and added it to my list. This is a model that Guitar Player Magazine awarded “Guitar of the Month” when it was first released. I kept on searching for a while but nothing else matched my wish list the way the 75 did so off I went to one of our top music shops to see if they had any in stock.

Purchase: Steve’s Music, Queen Street West, Toronto. I paid about $850 Canadian ($535US) plus another $150 ($94US) or so for the custom designed case.

Availability: This guitar is no longer made. It has now been replaced by the outwardly identical M77T (distinguished visually only by a different set of available finishes). A review of the M75T is a frog's hair away from being a review of the M77T (It's all in the weight!... read on). But the 75 has two great rock and roll finishes no longer to be found on the 77. They were Blue Sparkle and Champagne Sparkle. I got the Blue Sparkle. I mention these because there are still many available new on music shop walls, in the second-hand market and notably on e-Bay. These guitars appear regularly in online auctions although the prices are creeping up as their reputation still spreads. You can now expect to pay close to new prices and the great deals at second hand prices are growing fewer. The reason I’m writing this review is because I think this guitar is going to be one for the collectors and if you should have a chance to get your hands on one, jump at it!



The look, the feel, the sound and the price. The feel of a guitar is totally personal – it has nothing to do with the quality of the guitar but is simply a matter of compatibility and how everything falls to hand and whether or not it just feels right for you. Look at my old Strat … by far the most expensive guitar I’ve ever owned and a treasure by every definition. I could only fault it in one area – feel. It didn’t feel right for me. The DeArmond felt perfect for me from the second I picked it up. The bridge is perfectly placed. The knobs are exactly where I want them to be (they’re not in my way when I play but they’re still in easy reach). The curvature of the archtop, the neck, its radius and width – everything just feels right. That all makes this an easy guitar for me to play. As for the sound. I feel like I’m playing a Gretsch that was born on the wrong side of the blankets. It gives me an irresistible urge to play Duane Eddy tunes! It has that big sort of meaty, almost baritone sound about it produced by two vintage 50's style DeArmond single coils – same as used on Duane’s early Gretsch guitars and also on the now classic Bluesbirds. I also love that Bigsby tailpiece-style tremelo – something you can really hang on to and wring out compared to the oh-so delicate Strat whammy bar. For my taste, that tailpiece design also makes it much easier to rest the heel of my hand and roll it over the bridge in varying degrees when I want to dampen it. Despite the sense of bigness this is actually quite a compact little guitar. Where else would I get an instrument like this at such a price? Its value for money factor is outstanding.

Dislikes: Only one. This guitar is SO heavy! It plays like Mohamed Ali but it weighs in like Sonny Liston. This is where the chambered body of the the M77T does its stuff.

It is one of the most beautiful guitars I’ve ever seen. The deep blue immaculate mirror-like metallic finish, cream binding and block inlaid rosewood fingerboard, simple black pickguard and steel & chrome hardware are nicely shown off against the dark brown, almost black agathis wood back, sides and neck. (Does anyone in the western hemisphere have the faintest idea of what an agathis tree is? I doubt it). I love the appearance of that great big black jazzy looking headstock (which no doubt accounts for a lot of the never-ending sustain of this model). This is a beautifully finished piece of art. It looks great and closer inspection reveals meticulous detailing. There are no gaps, no rough edges no two surfaces that aren't properly flush. There is no glue or overspray to be seen anywhere. There are no rough spots and nothing else that makes you want to take it down to the basement to work on it a little. It is as solid and well made as it is good looking and is the equal of many much more expensive units. The construction quality simply cannot be faulted.

The Case: Note that you will need to buy the fitted DeArmond hardshell case made specifically for this guitar. At first I took the guitar home in a gig bag that came with the purchase but I came back the following week to buy a hardshell. We grabbed a sunburst M75T off the wall, tried it in a Les Paul case and voila … despite the 75's thicker waist it was a nice fit! I got home and no voila. I couldn’t close the lid on my own guitar. Now there was a puzzlement indeed. Back to the store, this time with my guitar in tow, to discover that someone had swiped the tremelo spring from the wall model and this had caused its Bigsby to lie about an inch lower. This had allowed me to close the Les Paul case. We discovered that a standard LP case will not hold this instrument and that the only case that will fit the M75T is the specific case made for it by DeArmond. I had to put one on special order. More expensive than an off the floor case and a mild nuisance but easily overcome. Does anybody out there know of another case that will fit it? I don’t imagine this is a problem with the M75 (Non-Bigsby) model. That springless sunburst M75T got into a generic Les Paul case so I would think an M75 should fit too.

Summary: I love it. I’ve been playing since 1957 and at long last this is everything I want in a guitar. I’ve seen several reviews complaining that the guitar doesn’t stay in tune. I simply haven’t run into this problem. It’s the last guitar I’ll ever buy (unless they bring out a hybrid that crosses the 75’s drop-dead gorgeous sparkle blue finish with the 77’s wouldn't-it-be-luvverly chambered (lighter?) body. Do you suppose that’s what the missing 76 was?) I may even buy another one … just in case. In the meantime, he ain't heavy - he's my DeArmond.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

DeArmond M75T

DeArmond M-75 TPublished on 06/24/01 at 15:00
Bought it at local store new for $475 and another $150 for the case.

I like the way it looks sounds feels plays - and it's tone. I got the black one rather than the champagne sparkle because I just couldn't wait for the sparkle to come in. I needed one that night.


There's nothing I don't like about it.

It has a set neck and I defy you to see where it joins the body. everything about the construction is great. It's almost like somebody in the orient decided to do a quality job for a change. the only thing that could have been better is the finish on the fret wires. There are a few where they aren't absolutely smooth but it wasn't a problem. I didn't mind paying what I did for the...…
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Bought it at local store new for $475 and another $150 for the case.

I like the way it looks sounds feels plays - and it's tone. I got the black one rather than the champagne sparkle because I just couldn't wait for the sparkle to come in. I needed one that night.


There's nothing I don't like about it.

It has a set neck and I defy you to see where it joins the body. everything about the construction is great. It's almost like somebody in the orient decided to do a quality job for a change. the only thing that could have been better is the finish on the fret wires. There are a few where they aren't absolutely smooth but it wasn't a problem. I didn't mind paying what I did for the piece. It is way below what I would have had to pay for a Gibson and In my opinion just as good a guitar.


I'm wanting to buy a new set of drums right now and don't have the money I need so I'm thinking of selling this guitar. Drumming is my main obsession. The thought of it is driving me mad. I don't want to let go of this baby. I value it that much. This is why I don't have my new drum-set yet.



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MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

DeArmond M75T

DeArmond M-75 TPublished on 06/24/01 at 15:00
Bought this for $1200 AUS. at my local music shop. I bought it 'cos I was sick of Strats....wanted something different. Sound - its got original American made DeArmond 2K single coil pickups. Classic clean sounds, and also kick-arse when the gain is cranked.


Retro rockabilly looks - I got mine in "champagne sparkle" finish. Plays really well for a Korean guitar. Good scale length. The electronics (except for pickups). Vol and tone controls are pretty cheesy. There is a fair bit of single coil hum with gain.


The tremolo goes out of tune tho' I never really expected otherwise (its a Bigsby style model). Tuners are pretty average - I'll replace 'em with locking ones one day.
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Bought this for $1200 AUS. at my local music shop. I bought it 'cos I was sick of Strats....wanted something different. Sound - its got original American made DeArmond 2K single coil pickups. Classic clean sounds, and also kick-arse when the gain is cranked.


Retro rockabilly looks - I got mine in "champagne sparkle" finish. Plays really well for a Korean guitar. Good scale length. The electronics (except for pickups). Vol and tone controls are pretty cheesy. There is a fair bit of single coil hum with gain.


The tremolo goes out of tune tho' I never really expected otherwise (its a Bigsby style model). Tuners are pretty average - I'll replace 'em with locking ones one day.
Bridge saddles seem to get burrs on 'em fairly regularly, casuing my D string to break. Construction - good. Quality - average to good.


I believe this guitar should be a bit cheaper, although the pickups are worth a bit. Its a bit dearer then the non-trem model obviously. Its not too bad, but should be maybe around the grand mark.


I love the guitar, even with all its faults. I couldn't put it down for the first few weeks, and that's what its all about.



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  • Manufacturer: DeArmond
  • Model: M-75 T
  • Category: LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 02/27/2005

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