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NGD... Martin electric

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by zekewonderdog, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. zekewonderdog

    zekewonderdog Member

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    I didn't even know Martin ever sold electrics. I say sold, not made, because they didn't build these, they had them made by Samick in Korea, in the 80s. It's called the Stinger, and it looks like this:

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    That's not my pic, but it's the same make/model, and looks the same except mine has a broken nut. A new bone nut is on its way. Interestingly, the original nut appears to be bone as well. I don't think I've ever seen that stock on an electric. I need to change the strings, too... these look like they've been on since the 80s. Rigged it up in the meantime, and it plays very well, and sounds good. It reminds me a lot of my Japanese-made Squier, except the fingerboard radius is flatter. Cost all of $100, with strap and chipboard case.

    Made a little recording, kind of North African inspired.
     
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  2. DustyRhodesJr

    DustyRhodesJr Supporting Member

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    I have had one before- they are pretty nice.

    Great necks, the downside is the plywood body.
     
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  3. zekewonderdog

    zekewonderdog Member

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    Ply doesn't bother me, so long as it sounds good and plays well. Could be made of used bubblegum for all I care. :)
     
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  5. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Ooh or one of the F series from the 60s!

     
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  7. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Or hey, a Martin jazzer?

     
  8. zekewonderdog

    zekewonderdog Member

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    F-holes on a guitar bug me. Just seems wrong.
     
  9. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    But yeah the Stinger has its place in Martin’s history, even if it’s outsourced like you said. Those guys dotted my local pawn shop and honestly they were probably not bad as far as starter strats go.
     
  10. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Man you are gonna hate the Gibson HG-22 then. Count those F holes!

     
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    That is exactly what I was expecting too. I cant say I have ever seen a Martin Strat before. Did the OP's guitar come from the Samick factory in Korea circa mid 1980s?
     
  12. monty

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    Wow, I remember those from when I was a kid. I had no idea Martin "made" them.
     

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