Conklin GT (groove tools)...quality?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by richnota, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. richnota


    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    How would you rate the lower-priced Conklin GTs?

    In terms of fit and finish are they comparable to MIK Spectors? MIK Fenders? Don't want to commission a custom Conklin (even though Spade2You's is quite nice), but these look like they might be a cool addition.
  2. lambro


    Jun 1, 2004
    fit and finish...did you just buy a house?

    they are well put together for the price and they are ergonomically playable

    my only knock other than the shape just doesnt look that appealing to me is the pickups dont do it for me, I am using a 7 string fretted as reference here, but I thought it was a deal breaker

    They did not have the fatness of my Wal Pickups or the personality of great JB pickups, so I was really uninspired by the sound
  3. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    My GT5 has excellent FnF, is as stable as hell and sounds good. Good value for the money they go for used.
  4. Aren't they made by Court in Korea?? My Conklin Prestia Edition was awesome.
  5. Double Agent

    Double Agent Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    I had a GT5 a couple years back. Good, solid bass. Heavy as an anchor and had sub-par electronics. I had a very thin and comfy neck, string spacing was tight though. Mine had a more clean, modern type of tone which is why I didn't like it. But, I have no complaints about the construction.
  6. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003

    Definitely the weak point with them, especially the pre on the early one's like mine. A shotgun is the best fix for it, but remove it from the bass first.
  7. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    the pickups in the gt7 are bartolinis, and the 2 band eq is bart-designed. pretty unfair to equate them to something custom like a wal, though, since a wall is gonna cost you 5x as much, at least.

    all in all the cort-made groove tool conklins compare very favorably to my custom conks - the nut width on the 7 is a bit wide for me personally, but the bill dickens sig model is perfect in that regard as well.

    if you have any questions about em, i'll do what i can, i have some knowledge of conklin products :D ;)


    (all but 2 are conklin customs)
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  8. Come on, Rich!!! Order another Spade2you signature model! You know you wanna! :p
  9. richnota


    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    My bass selection is easy. I've decided to simply buy whatever Spade2you buys.

    While I'm hoping his next bass is a Citron Steve Swallow, I guess I'll settle for whatever he's having.

    His latest. The Spade2You Conklin (note the fingerboard extension....)


    Lots of strings. No fretlines. A guy could hurt himself.
  10. Steelpulz


    Nov 4, 2003
    Inglewood, CA
    OOooooo!!! Purty!!!!
  11. tumbajito


    Jan 19, 2008
    :meh: I have a GT5 (groove tools) and I really like a particular kind of modern tone I get. The problem I'm having is that the G and D strings sound very week in contrast with the A, E, and B ones. Repair peole have tried all, I was last advice to replace the pick-ups. Has any body had this problem with this bass. I tryed contacting Cort guitars they but never got back to me. I wanted to get the same pick-ups because I like the sound. any advice on other pick-ups to get that kind of warm modern tone?

  12. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    No idea from experience, but several ideas. I also have a GT5 and haven't updated the pickups yet, but will eventually. I'm beginning to think Villex linear humbuckers in the EMG40 sized housings might do the trick.
  13. onemorebass

    onemorebass Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    West Salem, Wisconsin
    I owned a GT4 for a while. The build quality was pretty good, but I have to agree with others about the electronics, remove em' and shoot em'.... or just replace em.

    The Prestia Edition FL Knifemaker owned was totally cool.
  14. I was a dumbass for selling it. If anyone has one they want to get rid of, let me know :D
  15. Been thinking about a conklin 7 string myself but I dont have the money yet, or know enough about them tone wise to drop on the custom.. I've heard the used GT7s and GTBD7's can be had reasonable. What is a reasonable price range and how do they do for chords?
  16. RickC

    RickC Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    How are the electronics on the Dickens model? Is it a noticable improvement?

  17. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    I recently acquired a Dickens model and IMO the electronics are a BIG improvement over the standard Groove Tools models.

  18. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    East Bay, CA
    I had a GT-7. Overall I thought the materials/build quality were quite good but I found that the high G, C, and F strings sounded thinner than the B, E, A, and D. I felt it had more to do with the EQ than the pickups (wasn't much of a problem with EQ set flat)--I liked the Bart soaps.

    If I had kept it I probably would have put in a 3-band EQ with sweep mids and passive bypass/tone control, but the bass was way too big/heavy for me so I sold it.