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Is the Martin B-1 Acoustic Bass worth it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Shandon, Apr 28, 2002.

  1. For about $1029.99 from Musician's Friend, is the Martin B-1 better then the Tacoma CB-10 for $787.99, if you're looking for the best model for how much you're paying?
  2. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I've played both, and liked the sound of the Tacoma a lot better myself. To me the Tacoma is by far the best thing out there in the $1000 and under range.

  3. Tacoma all the way, it sounds so much better than that Martin.
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Mmmmmmnope. I think the Tacoma sounds better. But now, your Taylor blows 'em both away.
  5. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    The Tacoma is WORLDS better than the Martin. We had 2 at the store come in with bad necks, as well as one with a cracked top. Tacomas rule.

    Also, it sounds better, feels better, is made better, looks better, and is just much much much better than a Martin. AND IT"S LESS EXPENSIVE!!!
  6. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Really? I wouldn't think so--despite wanting to love them, I was kinda underwhelmed by the volume of the Taylors I've played, and was suprised by the Tacoma--but I didn't play the Taylor and the Tacoma next to each other. My EVD does blow 'em all away, but that's another topic. :)

  7. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I demoed two different Taylors and three or four Martins, but still prefer the Tacoma. To me, the Martin is a bit more "nasal", and the Taylor's tone just wasn't as tasty (to me) as was the Tacoma.

    The "Mahten" I liked the most was the lowly B-15!
  8. I have Martin B-1 and Tacoma C-10. Martin is much better to my likings. Tacoma is louder acoustically. Both get plugged in when jamming. Tacoma feedback easier. In my most humble opinion.
  9. mikeoso

    mikeoso Acoustic Curmudgeon

    Feb 14, 2014
    eastern Iowa
    Zombie thread, but I'll play anyway. I have both the Martin and the Tacoma.[​IMG]
    If you plan to play totally acoustic, zero amp, you probably want the Tacoma...nice tone and much more volume. If you'll be plugged in, get the Martin. Even better tone, really sweet neck, and more comfy. When I'm home working out a line or practicing, or on a plugged in gig, I go with the Martin. Unplugged jams get the Thunderchief. Btw...congrats on having the choice between those two. That's just about as good as it gets, unless you can find an Earthwood or a Guild B-50
    dmt likes this.

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