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Not mine/no affiliation ...but maybe someone in this thread is interested:
They were built by Martin in PA. Virtually all the parts were from other companies, such as pickups (DeArmond-Rowe), Bigsby, Tuners (Kluson), pots (CTS). As to the design/body shape, they look like an evolution/copy of Maccaferri guitars, of which I believe Martin had some connection later on.I must be an outlier here because I think that guitar is gorgeous, easily as pretty as any other manufacturer’s thin hollow body.
Did Martin actually make these or outsource them?
Dream guitar for me!Yeah, I've had a 1966 GT-75 since 1980. My first "vintage" guitar (or so I thought at the time). Put it on layaway, then got laid off from work. Almost starved to pay the damn thing off for several months with my unemployment checks! The DeArmonds on it are killer. I remember writing Martin to inquire about it, and got a reply from Mike Longworth (still have the letter). Come to think of it, in September, I will have had it for 40 years. Damn!
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I interviewed Bonniwell several times for a proposed 33 & 1/3 book on "Turn On The Music Machine" that ALMOST got published (long story), and he said that he had always hated the GT-75, and that they NEVER played the Vox instruments they later endorsed. he said that in the studio it was always Gibson, Guild, and Fender for the string instruments. I asked if the Martin was part of an endorsement deal, but didn't get a definitive answer. Then again, his memory was, let's say, "selective" sometimes, and when I interviewed Doug Rhodes, he suggested that Bonniwell was funny and engaging, but that I shouldn't believe everything he says because "he makes a LOT of stuff up."Well, considering that Sean Bonniwell played a Martin electric, it's fairly obvious that this is the most important thread on TGP.
And here's another MIJ copy...although a bit different:Some years ago on one of the Gretsch forums, there was a guy with a MIJ copy of a Martin GT-75. He claimed it was a 1962, but I thought at the time it probably dated from the late 1960s. I think the brand was "Liberty", and it had a green finish.
Edit: low and behold, found a google pic
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