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Marlin Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by comady1, Mar 2, 2005.


  1. comady1

    comady1

    Mar 2, 2005
    Need a little help. Trying to gather as much info as I can about Marlin Basses.
    I'm looking to buy one and it's a 70's hollowbody. Please if anybody can give me any reviews/opinions/complaints, please post them here. Thank you guys for your help, you're awesome
     
  2. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Scotland
    They used to sell plywood guitars called Marlin in catalogs here. They were one of the worst things ever. I'm really not kidding. Terrible.

    We're not talking about Squier guitars here. Some of them are really quite good. There were no good Marlins.

    I'm not sure if this is the same one as you're looking at... not sure about 70s ones (you sure it's not an 80s model?) but the later ones had pictures of fishes on the fretboard.
     
  3. i still see the odd marlin (basses and guitars) floating about in the squier price range, with the fish fret marker. my dad has one of their precision copies, and yeah, it ain't great...

    hmmm, maybe its a scottish thing, dlloyd? :p
     
  4. comady1

    comady1

    Mar 2, 2005
    this one is a semi-hollowbodied bass with pearl inlayed frets. No fish logo on it. Friend wants to sell it for around $800. Can anybody else throw in their 2 cents. I know they were made in Japan and that's about it.
     
  5. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Scotland
    I think they might be something to do with Hohner (who actually make quite nice basses)
     
  6. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Scotland
    The early Marlins of the sort I know were Japanese...

    ...and they fetch around $50, maybe $60. I wouldn't pay that much for one, and I can't get drunk for that price.

    Maybe I've overlooked a second company that were producing basses in the same area at the same time under the same name... basses that were far superior than their better-known namesakes... or maybe this guy is less of a friend than you think he is.

    Don't take my word for it. Play the thing. Decide for yourself. $800 is a lot of money to risk relying on the opinions of people who live thousands of miles away from you.


    http://www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/Marlin/