Marleaux Contra review

The Contra is the latest four-string beauty from Gerald Marleaux, and it is quite special indeed

Marleaux Contra review
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Guitar World Verdict

A fine, if unusual, example from the Marleaux stable, the Contra commands an eye-watering price but could well be the high-performance boutique curio you've been looking for.


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    Playability is off the charts.

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    Supreme build quality.


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    Could do with a little more tonal coloration.

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We’ve seen many a Marleaux bass guitar here over the years – and the one thing that always stands out from this German luthier is the time, effort and skill that has been employed in the design and construction of the instruments. 

At first sight, this semi-acoustic Contra bass seems to be no exception, with dramatic visuals that recall a classic era of German instrument construction. Needless to say, such skill and craftsmanship come at a cost – so is it worth paying? 

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