Here’s a vintage 1964 Martin GT-75 hollowbody electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 205321, is in extremely excellent all original condition and includes the original hard shell case. Martin hollowbody electrics are just as well made as their famous acoustic counterparts, using very high-quality materials, superior seasoned craftsmanship, and the best components available, they have long been undervalued and undervalued, in addition to, certainly being one of the cooler vintage guitars of its caliber. With DeArmond pickups, Bigsby hardware, Kluson tuners, etc., the GT-75 represents an incredible bang-for-your-buck bargain.
This ’64 Martin GT-75 features: a 1-piece maple top with the original rich burgundy finish, maple back and sides, a 1-piece bolt on mahogany neck, a bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, (2) DeArmond Dynasonic pickups, Bigsby bridge, chrome tailpiece, an Indian Rosewood headstock veneer, double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, large white pickguard, black control knobs with silver inserts, traditional “F” sound holes, and the original Geib hard case.
Consistently quite nice with respect to playability, action, sound, etc., this example is no exception. The thin neck profile shape is very comfortable for electric playing, and the action is near perfect. With nice low action, great intonation, and perfectly preserved fret life, this guitar plays fantastically well. Of course the DeArmonds are rich and musical, and highly complement the nature of a hollowbody construction.
The guitar is extremely light weight, and really well-balanced. The original hard shell case is in correspondingly excellent shape. With little weather-checking on the instrument, it would be difficult to imagine a better preserved example, this would most definitely be worthy of a 9.5/10 rating.
While comparable to the other related models, the GT-70 and F-65, I prefer the neck profile of the GT-75, and highly favor the symmetrical and balanced appearance of the body shape. I feel it’s the best looking one of the lot.