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Martin Acoustic Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Freyja, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Freyja


    Apr 17, 2000
    I'm trying to decide between the Martin B-1E and the BC-15E....aside from the obvious cutaway, what are the differences between the two? Their specs seem pretty similar....

    Does anyone here own one? What are your thoughts/experiences? How would you compare them tone-wise?
  2. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I've played a Martin acoustic bass. A friend of a friend had one and I played it for quite some time actually.

    My Tacoma absolutely kills the Martin I played.
  3. Skorzen


    Mar 15, 2002
    Springfield MA
    I played a martin acoustic, and really for they price, is sucked. Granted it had a very old set of strings on, but there was not enough volume to justify the price, as you would need to amplify it anyway, I like the tacomas.
  4. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    got a CB-10 with the Fishman. Plays nicely, blows the Martin's away from a tonal and punch perspective. Records well. I'm thinking of adding a Fretless into the mix as well.

    My .02
  5. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    An old bass teacher of mine had the non-cutaway version. I played it and liked it. I tried to get him to sell it to me, but he wouldn't.

    So, I bought one of my own, but got the cutaway version. Can't say I remember a difference in tone between the two, but when I bought mine, it had been a year or two since I had played his.

    I thought the tone was outstanding. It wasn't really loud enough to keep up with acoustic guitars though. I didn't know that when I ordered it, and that's where I made a mistake. There were two versions of the Fishman pickup and electronics available. I got the cheaper one. It sounded like crap when plugged in. Sounded great acoustically, but not loud enough to jam with others acoustically.