During the electric guitar boom of the early ‘60s, everyone was trying to get in on the craze, including longtime acoustic builders like Martin. The short-lived F series represents Martin’s foray into electric guitar building, producing guitars with hollow bodies, square headstocks like on their acoustics, and DeArmond pick-ups. This piece is one of that series, an F-55 archtop in a light burst finish. This instrument has a great sound and is generally in fine cosmetic shape. However, it is severely bowed and is all but unplayable past the first three frets. The sound of open chords from the DeArmond pick-ups is rather nice, but it will certainly require a neck reset if if has any hope of being fully functional. Despite that, the instrument is a fine collectors piece for any lover of Martin guitars; representing an interesting quirk in the company’s storied history. Ships in a chip case.
Weight: 5 lbs. 15 oz.
Nut width: 1 11/16”
5/10 (fair condition) 1961 Made in the USA
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