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Post by Dan63uk on Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:12 pm

I know these have a crap reputation, but my ebay finger is twitching to give one TLC if I can get it at a low price.

Anyone out there who succumbed to Marlins in the 80's and didn't regret it?
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:33 pm

There's no smoke without fire Dan, got one cheap a few years back, plywood body, loose neck pocket, bad tuners and a truss rod that wouldnt tighten enough......awful.
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Post by The Don on Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:40 am

Apparently they were local (to me), being distributed from Newport..

From 1986 the Marlins were made in Korea, and distributed across the United Kingdom by British Music Strings Ltd, Bedwas House Industrial Estate, Newport, Gwen

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Post by Dan63uk on Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:59 pm

Thanx for that both - I've turned attention to a Aria Pro II Wild Cat.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:16 pm

Good idea!

Look out for the early made in India Sunn Mustang strat, similar price range as the Marlin but much much better.
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Post by Dan63uk on Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:07 am

Sgt. Vimes wrote:Good idea!

Look out for the early made in India Sunn Mustang strat, similar price range as the Marlin but much much better.

Funny you should say that.  I bought an Indian Sunn Mustang in 80's.  It was very heavy and solid, good resonance but poor electrics and pups.  It went to a charity shop eventually.  You are the first I've heard to suggest they were OK.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:27 am

Yes the electrics aren't the best, but those "tallboy" style pickups sound great to me.
Better than any Squier I've played for sure.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:28 am

Yes the electrics aren't the best, but those "tallboy" style pickups sound great to me.
Better than any Squier I've played for sure.
There's lots of great things said about the India mustangs online.
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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:06 pm

Sgt. Vimes wrote:
There's lots of great things said about the India mustangs online.
Yeah, they're bloody cheap... Laughing
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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:24 pm

Sgt. Vimes wrote:
Better than any Squier I've played for sure.
In that case you haven't played  any decent Squiers then...  Rolling Eyes  there's some beauties out there.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:28 pm

Same can be said for your mustang experience eh ☺
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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:30 pm

Never ever would of even picked one up until you brought these to my attention.

Wish you never, a pile of crap
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:32 pm

Ha, you must have bought a dud mate, I've had 4 and 3 were top notch, 1 not so.
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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:34 pm

If I need a Strat, I use a Strat. Not a cheap knockoff.. Laughing
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:02 pm

Rolling Eyes I'm glad you're so blessed to have the real deal, while us lesser subjects have to make do ... Very Happy
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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:06 pm

Geez, your Concords a damn sight better than those.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:08 pm

The later shaped 2 and 3 are, but the early 2's are on par.
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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:10 pm

II's are I's with 3 pups...scale's longer, change the pups??
Well made!
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:44 pm

Erm,  yea.... scratch
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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:51 pm

Confusal...?? or buy a decent Strat.... cheers
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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:51 pm

Squier Classic Vibe...50's or 60's version....50's in my opinion.. Cool

Getting rare.
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Post by Barry on Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:27 pm

Westbone wrote:Squier Classic Vibe...50's or 60's version....50's in my opinion.. Cool
Getting rare.
Yep.
I shoulda' bought a couple when I had the chance. We don't carry Squier any more. Neutral

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Post by Westbone on Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:03 am

Grabbed a few around £150 mark a couple of years ago.

Even some Affinity Strats are very decent(nice necks) just change the pups/pots and saddles/nut and you'll have a good sounding Strat for peanuts.. Smile  you don't need to spend a lot.
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Post by Meadows on Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:14 am

I have a Squier Bullet from the mid 90's, really playable, amazing neck, cost £50. You might also want to check out the Vester Tradition Strats, great guitars for the money.
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Post by Barry on Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:03 pm

Meadows wrote:I have a Squier Bullet from the mid 90's, really playable, amazing neck...
They must have changed a lot since then Si. The last one to cross my path was a POS. Evil or Very Mad

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