The Marco Bass Guitar Club- Part 1!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Armbruster, Feb 23, 2010.


  1. Armbruster

    Armbruster

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    These basses deserve a club, they're custom made by Marco Cortes and are plain out amazing. Extremely underrated. I'll start off the club.

    I own a Marco custom 5'er, but with my recent endorsement, I'll be getting more gear. Here's a photo.

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    I guess I'll be #1!
  2. neanderthal

    neanderthal

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    Room for a #2???
  3. BR Audio

    BR Audio Guest

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    Future owner of a Custom 5 here.. can I join.
    His basses are surely underrated. Haven't played anything better yet.

    I'll post pics soon..
  4. Armbruster

    Armbruster

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    Neanderthal, member #2! Welcome. Have any photos?

    BR Audio, welcome! I'd like to see pics! #3.
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  6. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

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    Here's my custom Marco Jazz Bass. Ash body, Myrtle top, Maple neck (vintaged) and Tiger-wood fretboard. The sunburst is something else! It's the best Jazz bass I've ever played (and I've owned several Jazz copies like Sadowsky, LEJ etc.) The pickups are passive and they sound awesome, hard to believe this bass is passive. Killer slap and fingerstyle sounds and the action is super low.
    I might end up selling mine though, the string spacing is just too tight for me (I have big sausage fingers) or I'll try to adjust my technique :D I'm planing to order another one with a full 19mm string spacing really soon (like next month soon :p).

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  7. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

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    So I traded my old Marco Bass but ordered another one. This one will have an Ash body, crazy Spalted Maple top, 3 pc Maple neck, Wenge board with an F-Clef inlay @ the 12th fret. Black Hipshot hardware, Marco's pickups and a 3 band Glock preamp. This time the spacing will be wide (19mm) and the neck will be 1/4 wider overall. Can't wait!! :hyper:

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  8. Armbruster

    Armbruster

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    Danny, #4. That jazz is beautiful!
  9. Armbruster

    Armbruster

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    Holy cow, dude, you're making me jealous.

    When is it supposed to arrive?
  10. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

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    2 or 3 more weeks.
    Can't wait!!!

  11. Armbruster

    Armbruster

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    I might have to put in an order for one of those. Mind me copying you? :ninja:
  12. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

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    :cool:

    I've have a proto-type ABG, on order.
    This bass will be totally acoustic, big like old Earthwood bass.
    18.5"-20" wide.
    8.5"-5.5" deep.
    36" scale. (20 frets)
    4-string fretless.
    Will be strung with TL flats (long scale)

    Hope to visit, Marco soon, and cheak out his 5-string Jazz Bass too.
    I feel gas.
  13. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer

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    I have my 5 string jazz from Marco heading my way. It should be here tomorrow.
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  14. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

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    So my bass is completed and Marco sent it today, I should get it by Friday. I will try to record a video and post a review after the my weekend gigs.

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  15. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

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    I finally got it yesterday.
    My first impression was wow! What a bass, looks beautiful! I plugged it to my Bergantino/MarBass set up and sounded incredible. The lows are thunderous but not muddy, the highs are crystal clear and punches like Chuck Norris :D I have a couple of gigs this weekend so I'll get to test it with the whole band, so far so good!!
    Marco nailed it this time, my last bass was a little uncomfortable because of the string spacing (17.5mm) but this time I ordered a bridge with 19 mm spacing. The specs are:

    Curly Ash body (see the flames?)
    3 PC Maple neck.
    Wenge fretboard with a F-Clef inlay @ the 12th fret.
    Spalted Maple top and matching headstock.
    Black Hipshot bridge and vintage style tuners.
    Marco Pickups.
    2 band Glock preamp with a active/passive pull switch.
    Clear pickguard
    Wooden knobs (these are fugly!! :D I'm gonna replace them soon)

    I'll try to upload a video this weekend. Now some porn!!

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  16. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer

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    Looks good, yeah mine has the same knobs... they reminded me of like those cookies with herseys kisses in the middle.

    I'm still playing around with strings to figure out what strings I like. So far two I've liked have been D'addario Chromes and DR Low Rider Steels. Mine is just passive, but I've thought about putting a preamp in it.
  17. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

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    The bass came with some sort of nickel strings that I didn't like. I put a used set of DR Hi-Beam and the sound changed drastically. I just ordered a few more sets, they're my favorite strings!


    Edit: Marco offered to make me new knobs but I think I'm gonna buy them on eBay, there's a seller with some cool looking wooden knobs.
  18. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

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    :cool:

    Marco is the man.
    If that bass sounds as good as it looks.
    It must kill.
    I just talked to Marco yesterday, and ordered one for myself.
    The wait begins.
  19. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer

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    If I remember correctly, the strings he uses are made by a company called Oasis. I didn't like them at all either. He told me he gets a really good deal on them and uses those because they are pretty good and 99% of people will have their own string preference and will probably end up changing the strings shortly after they get the basses anyway.
  20. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

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    Makes sense :)
  21. Danny R.

    Danny R. Supporting Member

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    What are the specs?

    I can honestly say, that after changing the strings it sounds better than it looks!

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