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Marvell Guitar

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by ray1018, May 24, 2005.

  1. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member

    Hi,do anyone know about Marvell Guitar which made in Australia??I've try the Guitar,sound of wood is pretty,but dun know about the build in preamp/pickup yet.

    Any idea or advices??Do anyone own it or heard it b4??

    Thanks buddies,

  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Here's what I could find ....
  3. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member

    I've take a look..

    Hi buddy,

    Marvell Website?i already visited and no reviews there...that's why i wish to know about it in this forum!

    So do any one can help up?? :wink:

  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    What's to know? ... A piezo pickup is a piezo pickup ... they all sound like crap. Get a mic and a good pre amp!
  5. Boltino

    Boltino Guest

    I disagree. The Piezo circuitry in my Parker Fly Deluxe run through an SWR California Blonde is quite good. Far from crap IMHO. I wouldn't use it over a great acoustic/great mic/great preamp in the studio, but this is the guitar and bass forum.

  6. johnhelim

    johnhelim Guest

    Marvell Guitars Pick-up

    I have bought one too... If I not mistake the pick up is from Korea.. Try this website for the pick-up http://www.sohosound.co.kr
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I disagree that ALL piezo systems are "crap". Taylor Guitars has a preamp that was designed by this dude named Rupert and the one I heard sounded very credible.
    Besides, there are lots of people who want to "plug 'n' play" through a sound system, and a mic/preamp rig is not really an option for them. Portability, affordability, and capability all factor in.
    Having said that, I do agree that the piezo tends to be brittle and harsh unless it is processed properly....But we don't live in a perfect world, do we,K?
  8. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    Yeah, piezo's aren't the ideal way to track acoustic guitars in the studio but are an invaluable tool for live performance...especially the blender systems that have been out for a while. The new B-Band stuff sounds really nice and I like the systems coming stock the last few years in Martins and Taylors. The combinations offered that blend pickups, piezo, and soundhole mics have improved dramatically in warmth and balance.

    Boltino's right about the piezo's in the Parker Fly, they really do allow for some kick a$$ tone control.
  9. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    whats funny is that the taylor system IS NOT A PIEZO it uses magnets and coils.

    piesos are not the bast road to take. personaly i prefer then internal mic sytems.
  10. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Personally, I havn't found a piezo I could live with
    on a daily basis.

    But then again, there isn't anything I can live with on a daily basis, which is probably why I'm not married anymore...

    Ja, the Parker guitars are really nice.
  11. Boltino

    Boltino Guest

    Yeah, a sound engineer I used to work with a lot talked me into trying one out. After I played it for the first time it was pretty much over.

  12. cf0331

    cf0331 Guest

    MARVELL’s history can be traced back to 1906. Keith Marvell went back to his Arkansas home after working in a violin workshop in New York for 7 years. He set up his own violin studio and an instrument shops named SEAMAN. He sold his handmade violin, banjo, mandolin and provided maintenance and modification services to customers.

    In 1915, Keith's son George returned from the military service and joined the studio to learn making violin. Keith wished his son could inherit his skills and became a good violin maker. However, he soon discovered that George did not make any effort to learn the violin making skills, but obsessed with the guitar making all day. The father and son quarreled all the time because of this.

    Christmas time in 1921, the first MARVELL guitar was born in Keith's studio. George gave this guitar to his old friend Artie Townshend, a guitarist, as a Christmas present. The beautiful and magnetic sound had overwhelmed Artie. Artie voluntarily became the spokesmen and advocates for the MARVELL guitar.

    MARVELL guitar soon earned its reputation in the local thanks to Artie Townshend’s advertising plus excellent sound and hand-tailored services. In 1922, Maybele Carter had also become MARVELL’s client after Artie introduced this guitar to him while they performed in The Carter Family. MARVELL’s price was quite high back then as the local area was mainly agricultural and low living standard. However, MARVELL guitar soon became unable to meet the market demand with its 20 units per month production.

    Summer in 1924, Keith died in an accident during travel. George took over his father's entire work since then. A few months later, George decided to give up the violin, banjo and mandolin to concentrate on making guitars.He changed the name of his shop to SEAMAN GUITAR SHOP.

    In 1925, George made improvement on structure and appearance on the guitar. He invented the Magen steel string guitar and began to produce them for a number of instrument shops. At the end of the same year, a guitarist named Jimmie Rodgers found George and ordered two guitars. He recorded his classic "The Soldier's Sweetheart", "Away out on the Mountain" with the new guitar. Unfortunately, Jimmie became MARTIN guitar’s sponsor and spokesman later due to business competition.

    In 1928, in order to meet the increasing orders, SEAMAN GUITAR SHOP maintained its customized services. At the same time George established a factory in order to expand the scale of production. He named this series as SPARK. Ever since the SPARK was launched, it was quickly welcomed by customers due to its excellent quality and low prices. He soon received a lot of orders from Mississippi, Texas and even California, Michigan and New York.

    Unfortunately, a nightmare came quietly when George was planning new development for his business with full of confidence. In 1929, The U.S. stock market crashed and followed by the Great Depression swept the whole country, causing panic and chaos in the society. Tens of thousands of enterprises went to bankruptcy. George’s newly completed expansion and yet to be stable plant was not spared. The financial situation was deteriorating rapidly. In June 1930, MARVELL factory officially went to bankruptcy and shut down. Three months later, SEAMAN GUITAR SHOP also closed.

    In 1934, SEAMAN GUITAR SHOP re-opened for business and resumed to take small number of customized guitar orders. George carried on the whole production by himself. In autumn 1935, George died due to over workload and lung infection. MARVELL guitar had also put an end to its short history of 14 years.

    With George passed away, MARVELL guitar has gradually been forgotten. Until 2007, MARVELL guitar again attracted people’s attention when George's grandson, George junior performed with the guitar left by his grandfather. MARVELL guitar has reborn ever since with George Junior’s great effort.

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