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BobbyMac
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Oct 19th, 2010 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

BobbyMac
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Oct 19th, 2010 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another look...up closer.

Up closer

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Oct 19th, 2010 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks good.

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

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Oct 19th, 2010 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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:

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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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Oct 23rd, 2010 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

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&*.

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EricM
Feb 22nd, 2011 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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 Gretsch guitars). Anyone know of a supplier?

22frets

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EricM
Mar 19th, 2011 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am thinking of fitting locking Grovers to my M-75T. Can anyone offer advice on whether the Mini or the Full Size are better? Also Grovers now have thumbwheel locking tuners as well as automatics.

Trey

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May 4th, 2011 05:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

6L6: That there T-400 is mine. I am amazed that this pic still circulates after all these years. I have only recently started playing it again in a band setting. It is a pretty cool guitar! Feeds back like a mother if I get it too close to my Fender Twin! In fact you can see the guitar onstage, here: http://bit.ly/lb4BbL

The Surfside IV

(This message was last edited by Trey at 05:56 AM, May 4th, 2011)

JimmySee
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Dec 6th, 2011 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a T400 that looks like Trey's.

Someone here on fdp years ago offered to make custom pickguards with the DeArmond logo and I took him up on it.

The red color is mighty nice.

Also managed to get a custom case built locally in 'Gator finish and ultra plush interior. That's pretty cool, too.

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Dec 13th, 2011 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Trey: Very glad to hear you've still got that beautiful T-400 and are putting it to work!

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Trey

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Dec 22nd, 2011 12:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

JimmySee: That was me who made your pickguard.

6L6: Yup. Still playing it.

I am thinking of getting my X-155 out of retirement, also.

I have always had trouble with the low E string not being loud enough with the stock Gold Tones but I got a pair of GFS Mean 90s that I plan to throw in there.

X-155

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Jan 13th, 2012 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...I am thinking of getting my X-155 out of retirement, also.

I have always had trouble with the low E string not being loud enough with the stock Gold Tones but I got a pair of GFS Mean 90s that I plan to throw in there."


Interesting. The low E on my M-75 (Gold Tones) is way too loud for my liking.

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Jun 22nd, 2013 11:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The T-400 and M-75 seem to be the most enduring of the Dearmond guitars.

I really wanted to love the M-75T I had for a while -- but with the Bigsby it was just too heavy.

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Dec 24th, 2013 09:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The T-400 seems to be enduring. And the gold tone pickups on some of the solid body guitars seem to be gaining greater respect.

BobbyMac
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Dec 24th, 2013 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The T400 does indeed have a following. I kept mine for over ten years before selling it just a couple of months ago.

While the DeArmonds are gone, there are some very nice Guild electrics out now that are even nicer for not a lot more money.

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