Carl Thompson 6 String...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tremor-5-dlx, Oct 23, 2001.

  1. I was looking around the web for some nice 6-string basses, and went to <a href=""> the Carl Thompson </a> guitar page. I went there because I heard Les Claypool uses them and he is a GOD!!! (at least my god), I just wanted to hear what every one else thinks of them, I was going to get a frettless one with a maple body, and neck, and an ebony finger board, EMG-DC PU and the EMG-BTC Preamp.

    What do u guys think??? :confused: :confused:
  2. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    I think you will be forking out a lot of dough. :)
  3. about $4000
  4. maybe 5 or 6000, but thats ok.
  5. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I think that could be a really cool bass. I myself would like to own a CT one day. But not this day, my 2nd Dingwall is on the way, so I really can't justify buying 2 $4000 basses (at the same time! ;)). But I would look at exactly what you want, cause I have seen alot of really nice looking ones, and some that I'm just not sure about. But if all you are worried about is playablility, then I don't think you can go wrong with any CT.

  6. Im defenatly looking for playablity, but I also want a good sound, Like the sound les gets in "Bob". I love that sound. I also like the looks of alot of the ones I've seen, I've onley seen two that I dont really like the looks of. (but I have also onley seen the ones on the CT web site, and on Les' web site)
  7. Dirty Road Cola

    Dirty Road Cola Guest

    Sep 8, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    Erm..why are you getting a 6 you need the C string? Do you actually want fretless? have you ever played fretless before? A CT is a helluva lot of cash. So, i would reccommend that you think about it before shelling out the dough..Oh yeah, and expect at least 2 years for it to be built, Carl is really backlogged on orders, from what I hear.

    So, it boils down to: Are you sure you want a 6 string fretless monster? Are you sure you want to pay 5-6000 dollars? Do you want to wait 2+ years?
  8. If your talking about calling Carl up and making one its gonna be about 4 years or more for you to get one and a ton o money. But if you want to do that they are the coolest basses you can buy. I played one in Tokyo while i was on vacation and it was amazing, the only thing i didn't like was the body was huge, it wasn't too heavy but the body was enormous.
  9. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i'd say that there are many custom manufacturers available that make excellent instruments, and that you should probably try out as many as you can - you will spend a lot of money on a CT and you might not be able to recoup it all if you don't like the bass.

    i've played a few 4 string CT's, including dave siff's, which were very nice, and very cool looking, but what i've heard, from a few folks, is that they are a bit sensitive to climate and abuse. definitely not something i would want to gig with.

    then again, i guess i'm spoiled, my customs are pretty bulletproof. :D
  10. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Expect to wait at least 2 years for an instrument that is not refundable, of questionable quality, and that you may not like. I've heard lots of Carl Thompson horror stories. And it costs more than a Fodera.
  11. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    I went to Carl Thompson web site , I was not impressed at all!! :(
    I just could not understand why people so attracted to his basses, to me, the appearence look awful. :confused:
    I will never buy a bass just because my idol uses that, and 2 years waiting? It must be so difficult to make it.
  12. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    I have a friend who has 2 Thompson's! A 38" scale 5 string and a 36" scale fretless 4!!!!!!! His family is close to Carl and it's my understanding that he is not taking orders any more, he wants to retire.
  13. your friend must be huge. can somebody tell me if there's a point to a 36 inch scale 4 string?
  14. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    Les's new bass is a 36" 4 stringed moster...tehe.
  15. those strings must be taught as hell.
  16. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    YEAH........the kid that owns them is about 6'7" and 275 pounds!!! His hands are like suitcases with baseball bats for fingers! Actually I've played them both and neither is uncomfortable.
  17. then it just goes to show you how well made they were. it's a shame he's retiring though, i guess i'll just have to get one used then.
  18. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    Carl hasn't carved any basses in years I don't think, doesn't he have a friend that does that. All he does it the fine tuning....well that's what it says on the site.
  19. I heard its about a 4 year wait. but im starting to think twice about them now, because alot of ppl seem to say they are questionable. and no carl does not carve the basses, he assembles them. But i think i'm gonna look at some of the other custom basses too (takeing jt's advice). And I might also think about the cash if the instrument is going to be questionable, and have no kind of satifactin guaruntee (thinking about what DRC said), and 2-4 years is a long time to wait. But I am sure i want a frettless, I like the sound and have played a few at Daddy's and GC (there isnt much else around here, and GC is an hour and a 1/2 hour drive from my house). And i want a six string, because i play some songs where i am sliding up to the 20th fret from 7th or 8th fret and it is a plain in the ass. someone told me it would be easier. I have playe a 5-string for about 6 years. Accually I learned on a 5-string.

    I Wanted to thank everyone for helping me with this decision, and even though I like the CT's, Im glad I asked ppl who know before I bought one.
  20. I will also be checking back here till its gone to see other suggestions on customs