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FDP Forum / Guild/DeArmond/Tacoma Guitars / Who can tell me about the M-66?


Atlanta, GA

Jan 1st, 2012 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This forum seems kinda dark, but I figure this'd be the place to ask about the M-66. I've seen a few come and go on eBay and would really like to try one. I've been into the idea of a Gold Tone equipped Dearmond for a while. A local pro musicians here uses what I think is a late 90's Westerly Starfire with Gold Tones and he sounds fantastic. The old website says the M-66 comes with "DeArmo-Tron" pickups, which I'm assuming means a Filtertron copy, though I don't understand why there'd be a different pickup for another model unless it was cheaper. Has anybody had one of these and can you tell me anything about it? Prices also seem pretty erratic. I've seen them sell for upwards of $300 and for as little as $66.

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Jan 3rd, 2012 03:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

DeArmo-Trons were a DeArmond-designed pickup that was supposed to be Gretsch-like.

The M60s DeArmonds were designed as a less expensive line of guitars with bolt-on necks. I've tried a few of the M60s over the years and never bonded with them but I was biased toward the set neck M70s at the time. Some people like the M60's for their sound and value. As far as I know they were all manufactured in Indonesia. The M70's were made by Cort in Korea and I wouldn't be surprised if the M60's were made by Cort's Indonesian factory.

They are well-built guitars but I wouldn't pay $300 or more for one unless it was absolutely mint. I got a nice M75 for $300 and a Squier M75 for $240--both set necks


Atlanta, GA

Jan 6th, 2012 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you, Twang. I have an opportunity to buy one but it'd be over $300 in shipping, which I'm not sure I'm up for. It's a frivolous want, not a practical one, so...

I've been Dearmond electric reissue obsessed ever since I got my Starfire, which led to my T-400.

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Jan 6th, 2012 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If the bug bites you hard enough--well---

I wanted my Starfire Special bad enough I traded an Epi Dot, Squier M75 and threw in $100. Not a good deal but I got what I wanted.

My sunburst M75 is the result of over four years of searching for one after playing an M75T. The M75T was sold only a couple hours before I arrived at the music store. One day I saw an M75 at a pawn shop. Next day I raced back to the shop cash in hand. I'm sure if a T400 showed up locally I'd do the same thing.

Now I'm starting to get a jones for DeArmond bolt-on models.


Atlanta, GA

Jan 6th, 2012 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I sold my Starfire Special, a black one, in order to fund the purchase of my T-400. Any idea just how "Gretsch-like" the DeArmo-Trons are? I've heard them described as "interesting," but that could mean anything.



Jan 6th, 2012 06:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the Fender Dearmond M-65 (solid body/flat top) and it's fantastic for Joan Jett and AC/DC tunes though it has stock non-Filteron type pickups. I prefer 25 1/2" scale guitars such as Lead II and Lead III along with Strats and Teles but my Dearmond is superb overall in construction/fit/finish/electronics with a glass-like neck. The only issue I have is the budget stock tuning machines which will soon be replaced. As far as I'm concerned you can't go wrong with ANY of the Dearmonds from the Fender-era.

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