- Dec 5, 2016
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I was looking for a battered 80s guitar for a wall ornament for my newly redecorated office.
I saw this 80's Marlin 'State of the Art' Super Strat. It looked bad in the photos. I liked the piano finish and red banding - very kitsch 80s and bought it sight unseen for $50.
When I got it I plugged it in (like you do) and was surprised, it played ok. It was in unmarked condition not a scratch, just very dirty and rust on the pickup heads
I got into cleaning it and dressing the frets, lubed the fake Floyd Rose, waxed the fretboard etc.
These guitars were big sellers in the 80s in the UK. The body is plywood and the pickups at the time were well thought of as they were wax potted. A lot of top 10 groups used these. I am told that Frankie Goes to Hollywood played this exact model of guitar on Relax.
This guitar cost $500 in 88. Not cheap.
These guitars are universally derided on forums, mostly by people who have never even held one. 'My friend had one and he burnt it on the fire...', 'They were all sh*t...'. 'Worst Guitar ever made.....'. etc etc.
I didn't buy this guitar to play it, just to hang on the wall but I have to say I really like it, it plays well, has nice balance, stays in tune and has a nice 50s sound that I like.
A lot of fun been had for $50.