Anybody know anything about CF Martin basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dryheatbob, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. Humblerumble


    Feb 22, 2004
    I think Martin guitars sound great (I own one), but I recently played one of their $1600 basses and I wasn't impressed with volume or quality of sound. But I only played the one...
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    That bass is a Martin EB-18, made around 1980-1983. They also made a two pickup version with a PJ setup called an EB-28; there were matching guitar versions of both.

    Pickups are DiMarzios, wiring is passive. I'm pretty sure the Badass bridge was stock (been a while since I've seen one). They are well made, play great, sound great and are worth almost nothing these days (check the current high bid!) so can be a great buy if you're looking for a cheap neck-through.
  3. Humblerumble


    Feb 22, 2004
    woops, I guess I should have looked at the link before posting :oops:
  4. bigbajo60


    Nov 7, 2003
    Laredo, Texas
    I only ever heard one of these in person... it was equipped with the white version of that DiMarzio pickup... but the bassist using it was a "Rush-head"... and let me tell you... that bass sounded dead-on when his band proceeded to perform a cover of YYZ! :D

    As far as I know, the BadAss bridge is original as are the machine heads. But, if I remember correctly, the original control knobs should be knurled metal dome tops.
  5. Thanks!

    I did a better google search and turned up the model last night- thanks for the info on the pups, wiring, etc. Couldn't find any details like that.

    A bit ugly, but what the hey- might be a nice player.

  6. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    That bass does not appear to be neck-through, it looks like a set neck to me.
  7. bargainhunter


    Jul 28, 2004
    i played one about 10 years ago - it was SWEET. Set-neck, if i recall correctly. From looking at it, i thought it would sound all "woody" like a Gibson, but actually its was more SOLID like an old Musicman
  8. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004

    The neck is set - something Martin knew how to do. It was designed to appear like a neck through with the walnut/rosewood strips (both were used). The bridge is a chrome plated brass badass. The 18's were made from '79 - '83 and were passive with single dimarzio HB (model One on early ones and model G on later ones).

    The 28's were Dimarzio PJ's. Active with a Haz labs preamp. Made from '81-'83.

    Martin also made 6 string electric guitar versions.

    These were the only solidbody electric's Martin ever made and the first with truss rods to my knowledge. About 4500 production units total. Made in Nazareth, Pa.

    Don't know many instruments well, but these Martins I know.
  9. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    Martin is very touch and go lately. I've played 1500 dollar Martin guitars that blew me away. I've played 7K martin guitars that I wouldn't pay 500 bucks for. I wouldn't E-bay something like this.
  10. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004
    Never been into Martin acoustics, but it's my undestanding Martin has never been known for their consistency soundwise. But over the many years, they have consitently put out some gems. You just have to find the gem before someone else does. Their craftsmanship on the other hand is consistently pretty top notch.

    Their solidbody's are very consistent in my experience both in terms of sound and craftsmanship.
  11. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    You DO see that neck crack....right? Second to the last pic?
  12. What crack? You mean that dark area all around the headstock joint?
    "If repaired..." the entire friggin' headstock has been knocked clean off. The crack goes all the way around to the front. 1800 things the guy sells and doesn't know that's a serious headstock repair. OK.