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Marleaux Contra

Dynamic. Responsive. Harmonically rich.

We are proud to introduce our first semi-acoustic bass guitar, the Contra. The Contra is made with the same materials as fine violins and bass viols. The result is a dynamic, responsive, and harmonically rich instrument. Hear the true voice of this bass in passive mode – woody and acoustic. 

In active mode this inherent voice is enhanced and taken to a new level. The ergonomic design works well on a strap or in your lap. Our Contra won the coveted award “Best Bass At Namm” at the Nammshow in Anaheim USA!

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Construction / wood

  • semi hollow bass with flamed maple body and spruce top
  • 3-piece flamed maple neck, laminated with smoked oak veneer, dual action truss rod
  • 5-, 6- and 7- string neck carbon reinforced
  • „glued through“ neck construction
  • ebony fingerboard with 24 frets and zero-fret, side dots
  • matching headstock flamed maple
  • matching cover for electronics compartment flamed maple
  • jack in side

Electronics

  • Marleaux C3 3-band-EQ with passive tone control
  • 2 Marleaux custom humbucker pickups ebony covered
  • 2 pickup select coil switches: serial, parallel, single coil switchable

Hardware

  • Marleaux Contra bridge, custom made by ETS, black
  • tuner made by Schaller, gold with ebony buttons

Finish

  • matte lacquered

Sound

  • dynamic, responsive, rich in harmonics

Options

  • aging
  • maple, rosewood or birdseye maple fretboard
  • available as left-handed
  • fretless, lined maple
  • color of your own choice
  • quad-coil humbucker „Driver“ pickups made by Delano
  • tuner made by Schaller, black with ebony buttons

Scope of supply

  • tools
  • Marleaux exclusive leather gigbag
  • Marleaux folder with certificate, information and electronic instructions
  • S-Locks made by Schaller, black

Fretboard radius

  • 1st / 24th fret: 305 mm (12,0″) / 406 mm (16,0″)

Neck dimension 4-string

  • scale: 864 mm (34,0″)
  • nut: 41 mm (1,61″)
  • 12th fret: 57 mm (2,24″)
  • 24th fret: 65 mm (2,56″)
  • bridge: 60 mm (2,36″) / 20 mm (0,79″) each strin

Neck dimension 5-string

  • scale: 864 mm (34,0″)
  • nut: 46 mm (1,81″)
  • 12th fret: 67 mm (2,64″)
  • 24th fret: 78 mm (3,07″)
  • bridge: 76 mm (2,99″) / 19 mm (0,75″) each string

Neck dimension 6-string

  • scale: 864 mm (34,0″)
  • nut: 55 mm (2,17″)
  • 12th fret: 74 mm (2,91″)
  • 24th fret: 90 mm (3,54″)
  • bridge: 90 mm (3,54″) / 18 mm (0,71″) each string

Neck dimension 7-string

  • scale: 864 mm (34,0″)
  • nut: 64 mm (2,52″)
  • 12th fret: 89,5 mm (3,52″)
  • 24th fret: 102 mm (4,02″)
  • bridge: 102 mm (4,02″) / 17 mm (0,67″) each string

All detailed photos are exemplary and can also show other models. All prices and configuration options can be found in our PDF!

Neck / Fretboard

  • Inlays, oval abalone
  • Inlays, oval acryl
  • Inlays, oval wood
  • Inlays, round abalone, left and right
  • Inlays, round abalone, middle
  • Inlays, round pearl, left and right
  • Inlays, round pearl, middle
  • Inlays, round black, left and right
  • Inlays, round black, middle
  • Inlays, custom made
  • Fretboard, ebony
  • Fretboard, birdseye maple
  • Fretboard, fretless lined maple
  • Fretboard, binding
  • Neck, flamed maple
  • Luminlay side dots
  • Scale, shorter (33“, 32“, 31“, 30“)

Body

  • Color, stain satin
  • Color, tint satin
  • Lefthand
  • Ramp, top wood
  • Ramp, ebony

Electronic / Hardware

  • Heiko Jung microphone, dual 3-band EQ
  • Hardware, black
  • Pickup, ebony
  • Pickup, select coil switches
 

Dynamic, responsive, rich in harmonics

Contra // Heiko Jung
Contra // Samy Saemann