Wednesday, 7 September 2011

What's that guitar that Furry Lewis is playing?

Via our Facebook page, Simon Raw has asked us to identify the guitar being played by bluesman Furry Lewis in the photo reproduced here.

It's funny and quite timely that he asked this very question, because I had already bookmarked one of these very guitars that I saw on eBay only a few days ago with a view to featuring it here on the blog.

It's funny also that for a company so synomynously connected to the acoustic guitar as C.F. Martin & Co, we here at Guitarz seem to have looked at more of their electric guitars, none of which were produced for very long or in high quantities, than we have their acoustic guitars.

It's a Martin GT-70, circa 1966, which fittingly for a Martin is of fully hollow acoustic construction and is equipped with a pair of DeArmond Dynasonics. Some examples were also produced with a factory-fitted Bigsby.

The example pictured here is currently being offered for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $2,499.

G L Wilson

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