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conklin GT-7

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by furiously funky, Jul 5, 2003.


  1. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    Toronto
    hi,in looking at the GT-7 by Conklin, i found that they had split coils. what type of tone does this lead to, and what is the tone of the bass like overall. What state is the low b in? tight, well defined? or no? Is the control cavity large enough to accomidate a 3 band preamp?
    hope this hasnt been done before
     
  2. Well...The resident expert on the Conklin Genus of basses would be John Turner...I know he's got bookous of custom Conklins...Maybe a GT or two...JT, can ya help him out?
     
  3. eric cioe has one, and i believe progzilla has two (IIRC), they would be good people to ask. but from what i hear if your interested in "extended range" basses, these are absolutely top notch instruments, i thought about one, but i think im gonna get a yamaha trb II six string. hope you find what you are looking for and it all turns out good for ya though
     
  4. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    no gt's here, sorry. i'm impressed with them as instruments, they compare very favorably to my custom conklins, but i don't know the specifics of them well enough to answer your questions completely.

    for what it's worth, all the gt7's that i played had very tight low b's, at least those with reasonably new strings on them. i know of quite a few folks who have swapped out the 2 band eq for a 3 band in them, without major surgery, so i figure that shouldn't be too hard.
     
  5. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    Toronto
    what about the fretless option? any opinions?
     
  6. Yeah, I agree with Pinhead here. I'd be surprised if you aren't reasonably impressed by the low B on the GT-7. I was about to get a GTBD-7, but a used USA Sidewinder 7 showed up. I bought it, and now I've got the Conklin fever. My fretting hand hates me for it... :D

    I'd like to get a fretless GT-7 (or GTBD-7) once I can raise funds and tame the 7 I've currently got! For what it's worth, ProgZilla seems pretty impressed by his fretless GT-7, and I'm sure he'll be along eventually to talk about it a bit.
     
  7. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Yes, I like my fretless GT-7 more than my fretted model... Not that there's anything wrong with it, just that the combination of body, neck, fretboard & preamp seem (to me) to work better on the fretless configuration.. My GT-7 fretless delivers the goods so well that I've opted to forgo on a custom shop model (for now :p) in favor of another fretted 7...

    If you want a fretted model I'd recommend springing the extra cash for the Bill Dickens model.. For fretless, it's your call.. Im extremely happy with my standard GT-7..

    [​IMG]

    PS; Im going to have (the majority of) my Conklin brood at xush's Bass Summit in August for all who want to try them out..

    PPS: Take a gander at the Conklin I currently have for sale.. Follow the link in my sig..

    :)
     
  8. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    Toronto
    prog: does the extended fingerboard still allow for comfortable slap? it loos like it would be tight if possible!
     
  9. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    String width is 1/4" at the nut which, for what little slapping I do, provides plenty of room... And I have those big ol' sausage fingers!!!
     
  10. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Funky, that string spacing is "edge to edge"... Center to center distance is 3/8th inch.
     
  11. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    Toronto
    hmmm, i think i will work towards the extra cash and eventually get a BD.
    does anyone have pictures of the GTBD-7?
    there only seems to be the one of William holding it on the Conklin site. Thanks for your help
     
  12. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Here's one in natural finish..

    [​IMG]
     
  13. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    And purple..

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Bonzai

    Bonzai

    Dec 6, 2002
    There's two in stock right now at Bass Central. Check here for pics. Great basses.
     
  15. Bonzai

    Bonzai

    Dec 6, 2002
    Well, no need to. Prog's already got them for ya. :D
     
  16. man ive always thought conklin's natural finish is sooooooo much eye candy its ridiculous.such beauty... im sure ill end up gettin one...



    way down the road that is
     
  17. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    if by extended fingerboard you mean the 28 frets, in my experience, there is no problem. i recorded the instrumental in my sig with my 28 fret model 7 and there's a lot of slapping in there that i play. i actually favor the 28 fret models.
     
  18. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    You should note though that the GT-7 and GT-BD7 don't have an extended fingerboard-just 24 frets on each, and the GT-BD7 isn't available in fretless (Bill still hasn't corrected that on his site yet).
     
  19. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    Toronto
    bryan, my question was about progs bass for sale. All that stuff was understood about the GT's, but thanks for making sure :)