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Custom bass makers similar in style to CT

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tom0Blam0, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. Tom0Blam0

    Tom0Blam0 Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    I am really interested in getting a Carl Thompson bass, but I will have to save for a couple of years before I can go about getting one. It looks like Carl is wrapping up production, so it is not likely that I will get one from him.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for other luthiers I could look into? I found birdsong basses that are pretty awesome, but I was hoping for more options as well.
  2. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    It seems like there are quite a few...of the few I know:
    Pete Hilton (incredible pieces of functional art)
    Mike Browne (don't know if he is still active, but The LowEnd usually has one in stock somehow)
    Adam Stone (very affordable!)
    Andrew Drake (not exactly CT, but IMO closely inspired)
  3. Shawn Cav

    Shawn Cav Guest

  4. Mtnman


    Jun 5, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
  5. moshspeggeti


    Aug 5, 2013
    Adam Stone would probably be the cheapest and closest you can get to a real CT without having to spend a ton of cash. Here's some demos:

    Both of those are custom Adam Stone basses, very nice tone, and look very identical to the real deal.
  6. Tom0Blam0

    Tom0Blam0 Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    Does anyone know if Adam Stone is still making basses? His website hasn't been updates since 2012. I sent him and email today and I'm waiting to hear back. His work is incredible.
  7. Anthony Fury

    Anthony Fury

    Jan 20, 2009
    FYI: Carl isn't "wrapping up production."

    "As of February 5th, 2014 (Carl's birthday!) we will not be taking any more "custom orders." People with instruments on order, your guitars and basses will get our full attention until they're all complete. Once these are done we will still continue to build. We have some new designs in the works and new ideas that we'd like to try, but these guitars will be for sale as finished instruments."

    Source: http://www.ctbasses.com/
  8. Tom0Blam0

    Tom0Blam0 Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2014
    I should have been more specific. Carl is wrapping up production on custom ordered instruments.
  9. moshspeggeti


    Aug 5, 2013
    I sent him an email not to long ago, last I heard from him he's still making basses. He just hasn't updated his website recently.
  10. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    John toon. Toonbass.webs.com I believe
  11. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    I second Adam Stone. I've got a bass he made and I really, really, really, really love it.
  12. Bass42


    Nov 6, 2012
    Endorsing : Elixir Strings, Digitech , Eden Amplification
    Kian guitars are making a CT Tribute bass.

  13. dblbass

    dblbass Commercial User

    Mar 24, 2007
    Beacon, NY
    Owner of MBJ guitars, Maker of fine sawdust for Carl Thompson Guitars
    It's kinda disappointing that someone would knock off Carl's work so thoroughly. STILL... the back veneer on that first kian is immensely beautiful.
  14. SlappyTap


    Apr 2, 2013
    I've tried emailing Adam Stone on 3 separate occasions over the last YEAR and got no reply. Is there a more efficient way to reach him?
  15. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    If he's that difficult to contact when you're trying to place an order, imagine how difficult it's gonna be to contact him if your order falls behind schedule.

    Find another builder.