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Carl Thompson Basses

Post by Kwote » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:51 pm

I've been drooling over these for the last 2 days. I'm hooked on the style and pray I have a hope in hell of getting a nice 4 string someday.

http://ctbasses.com/

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Post by Muff Wiggler » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:54 pm

Les Claypool has played Carl Thompson basses forever, he has some beautiful ones


gotta say though that I can't look at 4-string basses anymore unless it's an upright. Gotta go 5-string man :deadbanana:

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Post by Kwote » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:01 pm

Muff Wiggler wrote:Les Claypool has played Carl Thompson basses forever, he has some beautiful ones
that's how i came across the site.

not sure if it's just my utter newbness but i like staying in the lower range which is why i'm stuck on 4 strings right now. could change though.
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Post by Kwote » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:02 pm

speakin of 5's though

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Post by Muff Wiggler » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:03 pm

Kwote wrote:i like staying in the lower range which is why i'm stuck on 4 strings right now. could change though.
yeah me to. that's why i dig my 5-string so much.... it adds a low "B" string below your standard EADG.

Some people add a high "C" instead of the low B. bah, why??? :sadbanana:

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Post by Muff Wiggler » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:04 pm

Kwote wrote:speakin of 5's though

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Post by parasitk » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:06 pm

My bass player received his Carl Thompson not too long ago. It's being used live, but we haven't had a chance to record with it yet.

It's really awesome. Great action, amazing tone. A real beast.


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Post by Babaluma » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:39 pm

nice!

i'm a big fan of the jerzy drozd designs:

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Post by Muff Wiggler » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:46 pm

i know they aren't all exotic and flamey spalty goodness, but I swear i'm blown the hell away by G&L basses, the L-2000 for 4-stringers and the L-2500 for 5-stringers in particular. While they are small production compared to Fender or something like that, and a great deal of it still done by hand, they aren't custom-piece exotics like Jerzy or CT basses are....

...but seriously, the featureset on L-2000/2500 is the most *perfect* I have ever seen on a bass, absolutely no compromise..... and my L-2500 is quite simply the nicest feeling, best playing, best sounding bass I've ever tried or heard, ever. And I've played on a LOT of basses over about 20 years now. Just amazing.

Mind you it sure doesn't have the looks of the stuff you guys have featured in this thread, not even close.

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Post by chromium » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:55 pm

The piccolo bass that Stanley Clarke played on School Days was a Carl Thompson, I believe:

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Amazing looking bass, parasitk! Dig that Sunn Coliseum head too :sb:

There's a Texas builder called Birdsong that makes some cool looking stuff. Styling reminds me a bit of CT, except their specialty is short scale. I'm a real slut with the scale length - got into them shorties when I had carpal tunnel, and found they're a lot of fun.

http://www.birdsongguitars.com/

I'm still strictly 4-str. Haven't bonded with any 5 or 6-ers yet. Maybe someday...

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Post by cerebrosis » Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:03 pm

i cant stand those gaudy looking things. look like a bass Liberace would play. stingray ftw. :mrgreen:

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Post by xpander » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:11 pm

i've had carl thompson's phone number in my iphone for over a year now, but i've held off the desire to pull the trigger on one. huge fan of his instruments!

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Post by Kwote » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:14 pm

cerebrosis wrote:i cant stand those gaudy looking things. look like a bass Liberace would play. stingray ftw. :mrgreen:
you must want to get ignored. 8_)
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Post by Kwote » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:15 pm

Muff Wiggler wrote:
Kwote wrote:i like staying in the lower range which is why i'm stuck on 4 strings right now. could change though.
yeah me to. that's why i dig my 5-string so much.... it adds a low "B" string below your standard EADG.

Some people add a high "C" instead of the low B. bah, why??? :sadbanana:
cool to know. told you i'm a newb. heh.
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Post by Kwote » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:17 pm

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Post by Kwote » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:18 pm

chromium wrote:The piccolo bass that Stanley Clarke played on School Days was a Carl Thompson, I believe:

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Amazing looking bass, parasitk! Dig that Sunn Coliseum head too :sb:

There's a Texas builder called Birdsong that makes some cool looking stuff. Styling reminds me a bit of CT, except their specialty is short scale. I'm a real slut with the scale length - got into them shorties when I had carpal tunnel, and found they're a lot of fun.

http://www.birdsongguitars.com/

I'm still strictly 4-str. Haven't bonded with any 5 or 6-ers yet. Maybe someday...
werd. i just checked out that album. some real nice poppin going on.
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Post by cerebrosis » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:20 am

Kwote wrote:
cerebrosis wrote:i cant stand those gaudy looking things. look like a bass Liberace would play. stingray ftw. :mrgreen:
you must want to get ignored. 8_)
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Post by Kent » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:08 am

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A rare picture of the 'tuning' bass player! :razz: :hihi:

I'm down with Muff on this one; G&L guitars are the shit. And I don't even own one. Played in a Rock 'n' Roll outfit with a guy with an L2000 and an Ampeg SVT stack... :deadbanana:

Every G&L I've tried was so well made. This is what Leo Fender did when he left Fender & Music Man. The guitars that Fender should have been making all along. I had my Strat's neck reshaped based upon an S500 that my friend had.

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Post by Illiac » Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:10 pm

i used to drool over those when i was a little shaver. never got to play one though. now i'm stuck on good ol' j's, p's and stingrays (wouldn't kick a lakland out of bed either).

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Post by Kwote » Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:54 pm

if i could afford one sure. if not s'all right. i know someone who made his own six string that i'm sure is influenced by CT's basses. perhaps an inspired custom is the best i'll do.

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Post by Muff Wiggler » Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:28 pm

what's a ballpark basic price for a CT bass anyway?

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Post by chromium » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:24 am

Muff Wiggler wrote:what's a ballpark basic price for a CT bass anyway?
I think the no-frills four strings are in the low-mid 4K range, and I've seen a few listed used in the low-mid 3Ks. I actually prefer the more subdued look of those, compared to the "rainbow" exotic laminates and whatnot on their fancier models

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Post by parasitk » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:29 am

I prefer the less stripey ones as well. I actually really like my friend Bret's - it's a nice dark red wood - really gorgeous. Crazy thin and light. Really an amazing instrument.

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Post by Muff Wiggler » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:48 am

they are absolutely beautiful, and i agree with you guys - Bret's there is one of the classiest ones i've ever seen....the understated look draws me more than the rainbow/laminate thing

i really like it when basses look like they're made out of a solid piece of wood....


i'm take-it-or-leave-it with the fancy CT curled horn, on the fancy stripey basses it's a bit much but on Bret's bass it is absolutely gorgeous :love:

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Post by Kwote » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:31 am

yeah low 4k. i'd go for a no frills bass too.

the rainbow's are in the 10k range anyway :woah:

but i think they're cool enough. just not really my thing.

i've been looking through a lot of pics on their site and this is one of my favorite's although it's a guitar. i dig the outline the most.

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