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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / My 1956? M-75 (Aristocrat / Bluesbird)



Apr 16th, 2010 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thought that some of you might be interested. I've had this guitar since the mid 60's. For me it was always just a working guitar and I made a few adjustments. I didn't think of it as anything particularly unique or valuable until I started looking at some of these forums recently. I'm sure that it isn't worth nearly as much as if I had left it in it's original state but it was never intended to be an investment. Since I started looking around the forums, I've seen some really great finishes on some older bluesbirds. Maybe I'll get inspired and strip it down at some point but for now, it is what it is.

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Playing passably

for over 50 years!
Apr 16th, 2010 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice guitar!

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Lago, CA

Apr 16th, 2010 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice guitar!

I also owned and gigged with a '56 Bluesbird for a number of years in the late 80's/early '90's. Mine was stock except for the fact I had it repainted (it had already been refinished once when I bought it).

Being a "Bluesbird", I had it professionally repainted in a deep '90 Cadillac Blue. It looked spectacular and the only reason I sold it was the feedback problem when it was turned up.

I love the light weight of these hollowbodies and the FAT FAT FAT sound of those soapbar pups. Wish I had kept it!

As for value, yeah, refins cut the value in half just for starters. But since you're keeping it, who cares?



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...let it steal your heart away.
Apr 16th, 2010 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah! I'll say. I've had a hankerin' for one of those ever since the local music store where I took lessons as a kid, bought my first Strat, and from which the '69 Guild D-35 I still treasure came, had one in the late '60s. I think somebody finally bought it in '72 or so. It looked much like yours - black, block inlays, but with two Guild 'buckers rather than the soapbar-looking single coils. It was designated a "Bluesbird".

When the Bluesbird name was revived in the '90s, I was all excited that I'd finally have one until I saw it was a totally different guitar, so I got a new Starfire III instead (which was also considerably changed from it's earlier incarnations but as I hadn't spent my earliest years as a guitar player staring at one in the showcase, that was OK with me).

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Lago, CA

Apr 16th, 2010 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Should have added that you can see Keith Richards playing a '50's Bluesbird on many early Rolling Stones videos!

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Apr 25th, 2010 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a beauty! Don't kick yourself for changing anything on it. It's your guitar.

I have the down-market version of this series.

M65 Freshman, 1961

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Lago, CA

Apr 26th, 2010 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful guitar you got there, Peegoo!

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Lago, CA

"Dyin' ain't much of a livin'...
Jul 31st, 2010 11:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Saw a really nice '56 at the guitar show today. Price was $4750.00.

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