C.F.Martin "Stinger" electric guitar

Posted by vince labor on Thu, 12/23/99 - 14:51:14.
In Reply to Al's Guitar Gallery

Trying to locate information about Martin's Electric model Stinger, Looks like a strat. Like to get info about the type of
production run Martin did for this guitar. Thanks in advance

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This has got to be the most useless guitar site on the internet. Why is it that 90% of the time someone asks a question you stupid morons answer with "I have one those too". We dont give it s**t what you have ! If you cant answer the posted question, then SHUT THE **** UP YOU STUPID AIR HEADS !!! This site sucks !

Martin Stinger ST3 strat style guitar-candy apple red

anyone has any info on it ans how much they go for,i would be really happy to know something about it,it is a nice sounding guitar,i know its a Martin,but thats all,thank for helping if you can...

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: Trying to locate information about Martin's Electric model Stinger spx/tsb starburst front.purchased in may 1991.

Re: C.F.Martin stinger spx/tsb

: : Trying to locate information about Martin's Electric model Stinger spx/tsb starburst front.purchased in may 1991.

Re: C.F.Martin

: Trying to locate information about Martin's Electric model Stinger, Looks like a strat. Like to get info about the type of
: production run Martin did for this guitar. Thanks in advance

Re: C.F.Martin

: : Trying to locate information about Martin's Electric model Stinger, Looks like a strat. Like to get info about the type of
: : production run Martin did for this guitar. Thanks in advance

C.F. Martin Company, Stinger Model Guitars 1985-1996
In November of 1985, C.F. Martin unveiled its Stinger line of solidbody electric guitars and bass’s. Most
Stinger guitars were made by the world renowned Samick Piano Company located at 424 Cheongcheon 2-Dong, Bupyeong-gu Inchuon, South Korea and shipped to the C.F. Martin factory located at 510 Sycamore Street, Nazareth, PA.18064 for a final inspection and set-up. In 1989 Martin expanded by 10% adding 6,200 square feet to their warehouse to accommodate for the Stinger line. After final set-up some guitars received a clear decal placed on the seven digit, serial numbered neck plate that stated “Prepared and Inspected by C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.” before being distributed to dealers. The Stinger guitar line was advertised as “Stinger from the Martin Company”. However, not all Stinger guitars have a serial number. C.F. Martin also advertised and sold Stinger brand guitar strings also in 1989 amplifiers and effects boxes. All Stinger models had a one year warranty on the guitar and 90 day’s on the electronics. Stingers were built to C.F. Martin specifications and are high quality.
C.F. Martin never actually produced Stinger catalogs, but they are known to be listed in some Martin catalogs, magazines and flyers. C.F. Martin claims they did not record any serial numbers so a detailed record is unavailable. Early Stingers were four basic body styles, a conventional Strat shape, a Strat-style with an arched top, a Tele and a Precision style bass. These came in a variety of finish and pickup configuration options. Headstocks were a kind of modified Strat-style six-in-line, with a pointed throat and slightly hooked nose, with a painted (or decal) triangular Stinger logo running under the strings. All had bolt-on maple necks and frett board. Guitars were 25.4”, and the basses were 34” scale.
Sources other than available flyers do not mention all the fingerboard and hardware color options.
The basses followed a similar pattern. The SBX sported one split-coil pickup, volume, tone and black, candy apple red, white pearl and gun metal finishes, with matching colored neck and colored chrome hardware.
The SBL-10 (1986-1988) offered a split neck pickup and single-coil bridge pickup, with two volumes, master tone, three-way select, cream, black, white, and black pearl finish option, with matching maple neck and hardware.
The 1988 November Stinger price list contained the SWG strat ($281), SGV ($294), SSX Strat ($308), and STX ($330) guitars and the SBX ($337) and SBL-10 ($367) basses, the black SSX and SBX now available in lefty versions (add $15). Essentially these were unchanged in options. Other known Stinger guitars are the SSX-10, SSL-20, SSZ, SPX, SRX and ST4.
Three guitars and two basses were listed in the Guitar World 1990-91 Guitar Buyer’s Guide.
Basses were the SBL and SBL-105. The SBL was a P-bass with split-coil and single-coil pickups, rosewood ’board, and black hardware. The SBL-105 is a five-string version of the SBL. These later models had a “Shark Tooth” headstock which was originally designed by Randy Rhoads for his custom built Jackson guitar.
These last Stingers apparently hung around for a year or so. In the Guitar World 1992-93 Guitar Buyer’s Guide only one Stinger guitar was listed, the ST-2, an inexpensive Strat with three single-coil pickups. No basses were listed (The ST2 was available in a guitar and bass model).
In 1993 Martin Stinger sales lagged. The Stinger ST-2, tremelo Strats in black, red and white were still in the 1996 C.F. Martin catalog. Stingers are well built guitars that setup well, with a decent hefty feel. Stingers were always well made, clearly “Martins.” However, C.F. Martin Co. claims they where only distributors the Stinger due to the Trademark. However, Martin is heavily associated with the Stinger guitar line.

they made a modified V-shaped one as well

I purchased a stinger (X-16 was the model) back in 85-86. It was shaped very similar to the Dean that dimebag played. It was flat black, double humbucker , with a Floyd licensed trem.

I picked it up in Toronto, Ontario and took it with me when I moved to Morro Bay California. I came back to Toronto in '88 without the guitar and eventually it was lost :( I still think about this guitar all the time, and the fact that I can't find any more information on it has been driving me crazy for years.

what I would give to have that guitar back!!

tremolo

Why did the Stinger SSL-1 have a non-Floyd post spacing? I cannot find a single tremolo system to replace mine after the block broke on it. Martin and Samick have been unhelpful.

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you wouldnt happen to know what woods the spx was made of or any other details about it...a friend of mine picked one up at an estate sale for $50 and was wondering the worth and such about it as well. Thank you kindly.

CF Martin Stinger Bass SBX

Could anyone tell me the value of the SBX or where I could find out the value? I have a dark green (almost looks black) bass that I would be interested in selling, but I'd like to find out the value first. Thank you for your help!

Re: C.F.Martin "Stinger" electric guitar

: Trying to locate information about Martin's Electric model Stinger, Looks like a strat. Like to get info about the type of
: production run Martin did for this guitar. Thanks in advance

Yea, i Have one. I'm actually trying to sell it. It sounds really nice on clear channel. I dont know if u wnana by one, but they are good guitars. I have no idea how valuable it is.

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I actually just acquired a red "Stinger" with the strat shape that bared the initials "SWC" on the headstock and I assumed it was just some generic brand. Cool to see it's a Martin!!

Re: C.F.Martin "Stinger" electric guitar

hey,
i bought a stinger a few weeks ago used. its in good condition, red with a black mid. i dont know any thing about them
and dont really know how to play very good but i'm ok,

later,
jared

Re: C.F.Martin "Stinger" electric guitar

: Trying to locate information about Martin's Electric model Stinger, Looks like a strat. Like to get info about the type of
: production run Martin did for this guitar. Thanks in advance

Re: C.F.Martin "Stinger" electric guitar

I own a Martin Stinger and was trying to get a value of it, if anyone knows anything about it e-mail me.

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: I 2 own a Martin Stinger and to be honest
i hate it
recently ive been taking it apart and replacing everything
my guitar has a dark silvery blue strat shaped body and a black ibanez looking neck(their standard neck i supose
the neck doesnt even have a tress rode attached to the body so i am quite pissed
replacing it with a beringer nech
and gibsin les paul hummbuckers.....

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: I own a Martin Stinger and was trying to get a value of it, if anyone knows anything about it e-mail me.

it plays and sounds great!!!

Re: C.F.Martin "Stinger" electric guitar

: I own a Martin Stinger and was trying to get a value of it, if anyone knows anything about it e-mail me. I payed 200. for my martin ssx stinger strat.used. it was sold originaly at fredericks st. in goldsboro n. carolina for 400 with case around the mid 70.s
not to be able to find any info. only makes it more valuable

Re: C.F.Martin "Stinger" electric guitar

: I own a Martin Stinger and was trying to get a value of it, if anyone knows anything about it e-mail me.

i also own a martinStinger serial no.8020106 if you find any info please inform

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Some info on the stingers I've dug up:
http://www.johnbeck.org/stinger-guitar/

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