1962 Martin Thinline F65 – Sunburst 

Serial number: 187927

Cosmetic Condition: Some small dents, dings and scratches, the original frets have play-wear, a little pronounced on the first 4 or 5 under the G and B strings.

Upgrades/modifications/issues: Missing original pickguard. Comes in a high quality Gruv Gear Gigblade 2 ES-335 model.


This 1962 Martin F-65 is the Bigsby Hollowbody double-cutaway model and features a neck resembling Martin’s famous acoustic guitars, but thinner, and two DeArmond-made pickups that give it a cool Gretsch tone. And obviously the Bigsby adorned with this large M ends up giving a unique and insane look to this splendid and unusual guitar. The DeArmonds have that warm, wide sound but are not as powerful as P90 pickups. This rare guitar has been played and has many small dents, dings and scratches, in short, everything that makes the charm of a great player who has been in use for years. The original frets have playwear, a little pronounced on the first 4 or 5 under the G and B strings.


C. F. Martin F-65 Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar, 1962 made in Nazareth, PA, serial # 187927, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard.

One of the top contenders for the most un-Martin like thing ever to emerge from the company’s Nazareth PA factory, The thinline double-cutaway F-65 electric represents Martin’s honest but ultimately doomed attempt to compete in the plugged-in market. Even in Beatle-saturated 1964 it became evident that Martin was not becoming a major player in the booming electric culture. Within a few years increasing demand for the company’s Dreadnought flattops convinced them to give up the effort altogether. In 1968 even the Beatles bought themselves D-28’s!

In the late 1950’s the Martin must have felt an urge to get into the electric market, after pointedly ignoring it for more than 20 years. After a quixotic stab at fitting DeArmond pickups to existing flat top designs met limited success, the company plunged fully into electric mode with a 3-model thin hollowbody series announced in 1961. This F-65 was the top of the line, the only double cutaway model and came fitted with a custom Bigsby tailpiece and two DeArmond “Dynasonic” pickups.

The 2″ deep sunburst-finished F-hole body is triple bound, the plain dot-inlayed fingerboard is unbound. The neck is slim and comfortable, with typical Martin contours. The headstock has the standard Martin shape and decal logo; it carries single unit metal-button enclosed Kluson Deluxe tuners. The wiring rig with a 3-way switch and individual tone and volume knobs is standard Gibson style. The vaguely “M” shaped specially made Bigsby tailpiece is the guitar’s raciest feature, along with a bizarre clear Lucite plastic bridge (some were wood, some were plastics, *and some were metal ).

The pickup rig features two of the tried-and true top-line DeArmond’s that were a 10+ year old design at the time, the wiring also supplied by Rowe, Inc. What did Martin know about wiring anyway? This same basic rig appeared on all Gretsch electrics until 1958, a number of Guild models in the early 1960’s and several other lines in the late ’60’s including Standel and Kustom. These units give a well-defined h-fi sound with plenty of snap, and the F-65 sounds great, albeit in a rather 1950’s way.

These guitars have been largely ignored and even derided since their short production run from 1961-’65. That said perhaps the joke is on us because viewed without prejudice, this is actually quite a good instrument! The craftsmanship is excellent as you’d expect from Martin, the thin body design is quite comfortable and the neck essentially the same as many much-loved Martin acoustics. The DeArmond “Dynasonic” pickups are the same as those on many great-sounding Gretsch and Guild guitars, albeit in a slightly different cover. While the styling might be best described as “conservative” (many cosmetic features are inherited from Martin’s 1930’s archtops) in sound and playability this is easily the equal of many Guild, Gretsch or Gibson models. Maybe isolated Martin electric users Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Skip Spence, the Music Machine’s Sean Bonniwell and even (in the Rising Sons around 1965) Ry Cooder knew something after all.


  • Laminated maple body
  • Lightly figured mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • DeArmond “Dynasonic” pickups
  • Original electronic
  • Original Bigsby
  • Original baseplate / *original metal bridge
  • Original frets
  • Original Kluson Deluxe tuners
  • Overall length is 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm)
  • Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm)
  • Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm) – 1st fret – 0.81 in. (20.38 mm) – 12th fret – 0.92 (23.33 mm)
  • Weight is 6.190 lbs. – 2.810 kg
  • Non original Gruv Gear Gigblade 2 ES-335 model. incl.

* Manufacturing date codes and interior pics are available per request: e-mail

Weight 10 kg
Dimensions 125 × 25 × 54 cm