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Norton Merlin

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassman1185, Mar 3, 2001.

  1. Has anyone played this bass? They look awesome, but they are made out of metal, so what do they sound like? There's no chance that I'll get one anytime soon, but I'm still kind of curious.
  2. brewer9


    Jul 5, 2000
    Those do look wicked. I would love to try one out. I read a review from the NAMM show. The reviewer said that the Norton basses were way over-priced. They were generally OK basses but at high-quality prices.
  3. sobemtv


    Nov 1, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    I have just got a Norton Merlin Bass 2 weeks ago, I think this is a vintage, I have told it bass may be a prototype made in 1981, no idea. I have emailed to Norton Guitars to get more date and detail about this bass. It made by aluminum frame, adjustable, tilt-able wood wings, slides up and down pickups. Those nowadays Norton Bass only got 2 sliding pickups, and mine got 4 pickups: 1) soapbar at Neck, Hum at middle with coil tap 3 ways toggle switch beside, jazz at the bridge, and a acoustic piezo pickup with a separate input jack below the bridge that make it like a upright sound. It has a master volume and tone knob, and 3 way pickup switch as well, very lovely look. Anyone got more information about this bass. please tell me, Steve

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