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 Post subject: 1999 Marleaux Consat 4-string JJ
PostPosted: November 29th, 2015, 2:49 pm 
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Hi everyone,

I am selling my unique 4-string of the German Luthier Marleaux. It has an alder body and a maple neck with three walnut stripes and dark palisander fretboard. Equipped with two Bartolini J-PUs and an active/passive 2-Band EQ.

Bought this bass in 1999 and used to play it since then on stage and in studio – therefore it has a few dings and dongs on the body, but nothing which would affect the sound. The neck is straight and has almost no fretwear. The lightweight bass feels great to play and gives you a wide range from percussive and crisp slap sounds to this typical jazzbass growl.

Price is 1.150 EUR / 1.220 USD incl. a durable gig-bag (Current MSRP: 2.200 EUR).
Located in Stuttgart, Germany. Worldwide shipping is possible - of course costs need to be borne by the buyer.

If you'd like to see more pictures or have any questions, please let me know.

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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Marleaux Consat 4-string JJ
PostPosted: November 29th, 2015, 6:35 pm 
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Wow, I'd love to have a go at this! (Despite having no more room in my apartment! :D )

Maybe they aren't the same at all, but I had a bass with Bartolini jazz pickups.

I sold it.

MISTAKE! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Marleaux Consat 4-string JJ
PostPosted: December 1st, 2015, 9:18 am 
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I like Marleaux basses, even though I've never seen one. The Diva is particularly beautiful. I believe this is probably a VERY well made bass. But what's the deal with the upside down mounting of the Barts? Hasn't this been a topic of discussion before?


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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Marleaux Consat 4-string JJ
PostPosted: December 1st, 2015, 10:30 am 
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I never really understood either. On most Bartolinis I've seen the wiring of the pickups was located in the center of the pickup, so there shouldn't ben any problem mounting it the correct way. Unless it has something to do with staggering of the polepieces, ik they have individual poles?

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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Marleaux Consat 4-string JJ
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Found a page on the Bartolini website that might point to the reason the pickups need to be installed upside down for lefties. Click on "#12. What's Inside a Pickup? Structures and Windings"; scroll down a bit, and you'll see a diagram for what they call their "J" and"K" Structures, and you can see because of the angle of the coils, they would be upside-down if the name was in the traditional readable position... hope this helps explain the mystery of Bartolini's on left hand basses.....

http://www.bartolini.net/pickups-faq/#s ... aq-item-12

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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Marleaux Consat 4-string JJ
PostPosted: December 2nd, 2015, 3:14 am 
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Acutally I never really questioned the pickup-setting :) It just sounded great and I trust Gerald Marleaux and his team - they mastered the art of creating exiting basses.

Unfortunately it has to go, as I don't play it too much anymore. It's a great sounding instrument and the Marleaux is simply too nice to keep it hanging on the wall.

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PostPosted: December 2nd, 2015, 3:57 am 
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What is that different piece of wood inbetween the neck-pickup and the neck?


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The neck itself, it extends up to the bridge pickup.

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blablas wrote:
The neck itself, it extends up to the bridge pickup.


Ah thanks, I see it now. :)
Cool construction idea.


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blablas wrote:
The neck itself, it extends up to the bridge pickup.


that's right. the bolt-on neck reached down to the PU. If you look at the screws on the back of the bass, you can see, how far the neck reaches into the body.


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PostPosted: December 3rd, 2015, 11:54 am 
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@ fivebass52: good find, although I'm not sure that having a slightly differently angled coil would affect the tone that much. I could see it if the coils were designed to reproduce different frequencies. Anybody else have any thoughts on this? Sorry stone_free if this diverts from your Marleaux for sale thread but I'm curious about how the pickup configuration on your bass works in light of the visually "upside down" nature of their installation.


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Jeroen wrote:
I never really understood either. On most Bartolinis I've seen the wiring of the pickups was located in the center of the pickup, so there shouldn't ben any problem mounting it the correct way. Unless it has something to do with staggering of the polepieces, ik they have individual poles?

Not necessarily...

http://www.talkbass.com/threads/bartoli ... o.1135675/

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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Marleaux Consat 4-string JJ
PostPosted: December 13th, 2015, 7:55 am 
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Really nobody interested?

I'd be up for serious offers as well :)

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 Post subject: Re: 1999 Marleaux Consat 4-string JJ
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You don't have any sound samples, by chance, do you?

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got a few recordings from last years, but nothing were the bass clearly stands out.

I'll try to record some samples in the next days and let you know. Are you interested in any specific sounds?

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Here are some clips showing the tone I am seeking. The bass in these clips is an ash/rosewood 1975 Fender Jazz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqTxhvwaSPk#t=3m42s

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