Vintage CRESTLINE MARAUDER Copy Japan Made
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-09-26)
Price : US $250.00
CRESTLINE was a name used by Grossman, a USA wholesale musical merchandise distributor. It was most likely a brand name they created for their exclusive use on instruments they ordered from a variety of manufacturers. This guitar was most likely built shortly after Gibson introduced the Marauder in 1975 and before lawsuits by Gibson and Fender put a stop to the many copies just a few years later. This guitar was built in Japan and exemplifies the quality workmanship they had achieved by this point in time. If not for the name on the headstock, the tuners, and the Made in Japan on the neck plate, it would be hard to tell it is not the genuine article.
This guitar is in pretty nice condition. It does have a few nicks and dings to the original finish. On the back of the body there are numerous light belt buckle marks. The neck and frets show very little wear. The tuners work alright, but are not Grover quality.
It is my understanding that the pickups are a Bill Lawrence design. I've got to believe that the pickups used on this guitar came from the same source that Gibson used, as they look identical and seem pretty complicated to manufacture. Both pickups on this guitar work, but to me are not well balanced. The bridge pickup sounds weaker. I measured them and the bridge pickup measures approx. 2.4K OHMS and the neck pickup 5.4K OHMS. Visually, they look okay and I can't see anything in the wiring that has been modified. Perhaps a new pickup is needed.
A new set of strings
This guitar is sold (sold on 2008-09-26)
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