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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / DeArmond T400 Without Pickguard

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Amarillo, Texas

They call me Mister Esquire!
Oct 19th, 2010 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I check this forum almost everyday and miss the activity we used to get in here years ago about the DeArmond line, particularly during the "blowout" when many of us scored some great deals on great guitars.

At one time, I had a total of 10 DeArmonds, including this T400, but have pared down that part of my collection to just four. I took this one out of its case last night and something made me look at that big old black pickguard, and I thought, that needs to come off. I think it looks a lot better without it.

I could always have Tony at Pickguardian make up a clear pickguard for me and accomplish the same look, and I just might. But for now, the black pickguard is going into the case.

What do you think?

T400 without pickguard

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Amarillo, Texas

They call me Mister Esquire!
Oct 19th, 2010 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another look...up closer.

Up closer

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You've heard of

Slowhand; meet Cramped Hand
Oct 19th, 2010 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looks good.

I did something similar with my Epi Casino for a couple of years before using a clear pickguard.

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Lago, CA

"Dyin' ain't much of a livin'...
Oct 19th, 2010 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Either way looks fine to me. Sure wish I had mine back...

One FDP'er modified his T-400 beautifully and I kept the pic:


Prettiest T-400 I've Yet Seen

(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 09:13 PM, Oct 19th, 2010)

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El Californio

Oct 23rd, 2010 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I went through a few DeArmonds during the "blowout" period (M75T, X-155, Jetstar) but only kept my T-400 with the same color scheme as bobbymac's. With or w/out pg (I've kept mine on) it's a winner and a keeper.

Dusty Tolex
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Jan 29th, 2011 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had my T-400 for about 4 years now. Last night I removed both 4 tone and volume pots ( I left the master volume pot connected) from the signal path. The 2Ks really sparkle now, they sound clearer, stronger, and more vintage sounding. But yes it was a pain in the a&*.




Feb 22nd, 2011 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Somewhere I saw a photo of a M-75 shape Pickguard in Silver finish with a Dearmond logo showing thru the pickguard (not unlike some Gr