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CF Martin electric bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jaymeister99, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. jaymeister99


    Aug 2, 2005
    I just got a used Stinger bass by Martin. This company is well known for acoustic guitars, but I dont know squat about them as electric. Anybody know much about the quality or anything else about em?
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    All I remember is that they didn't catch on! Oh, yeah...I believe they were one of the first to incorporate a curved / arched body style to accommodate the beergut.

  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    The Stinger line was intruduced by Martin int he late 80s. It was mostly mid priced Fender style guitars. They were discontinued, as they didn't catch on.

    I remember reading an interview with C.F. Martin IV, saying that they missed an opportunity to enter the electric market in the 60s when it was starting to boom because they were having enough trouble keeping up with the demand for acoustics, and added that, had they jumped at the opportunity then, they'd have a strong presence in this market today.
  4. Mmmmmm......Beer!....... ;) Gotta get one of those!
  5. jaymeister99


    Aug 2, 2005
  6. jaymeister99


    Aug 2, 2005
    I did some more research and found a bit more on these. This is the sbx model I have, it was made around 1985-1989. Retailed at the time for about $369. I would imagine that back then this would have made it either a high end beginners bass or a "low end intermediate".

    Basically its a P-Bass copy but with the routing done on the back, no pickguard. Nice rosewood neck. Unfortunately its a P-Bass contour neck, Im trying to find a cheap place to get a replacement j-bass neck I can throw on it.
  7. Wags


    Aug 10, 2017
    I played a Stinger in the mid to late 80's and couldn't have been happier with it. It was well made, albeit overseas, and had a nice full tone. If mine hadn't gone up in a fire at a local club I'd probably still be playing it.
  8. Axstar


    Jul 8, 2016
    East of Eden.
    I would quite like a Martin EB-18.


    Very much of the era! The ultimate '70s bass perhaps. I guess Martin are just too typecast as an acoustic builder. It would be like Gretsch making 7-string pointy metal guitars. They could make excellent examples, but it isn't what they are known for.
  9. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    I had two EB-18's. They were ok, nothing spectacular. Not the lightest basses, but not terribly heavy either. Much preferred the tone of my P-basses, so these guys got placed in the hands of folks who more appreciated them.
  10. I found them a little on the heavy side but was okay with the looks and the sound of the DiMarzio pickup. The copies that for one year (1980) carried a Vega badge IMO may have been better: laminate neck-through and a DiMarzio split P pickup. Some of the Martin basses had a ?? (German name) pickup.

    Had they been launched five years sooner they might have made a bigger impact. But by the time they were launched, other makers were in the same game.
  11. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Neck-thru, check
    DiMarzio pickup, check
    Leo Quan Badass bridge, check
    Copious natural maple on display, check
    Late-1970s vintage, check

    So why did Pedulla and Spector succeed with that exact formula, and Martin didn't? Too much baggage with their history as an acoustic guitar builder? By all rights that bass should be fabulous!
    Axstar likes this.
  12. Many years back, I looked at a Martin bass.
    About all I remember was that it was a bit heavy, had a thickish neck
    and seemed to be built to Martin standards.

    I would say that, all in all, if you get along with the feel and the weight,
    no one will fault you for owning a Martin and you can likely sell it
    without a big loss, if you need to.