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For Trade FT: 36" scale Carl Thompson 4 string | ISO: 32" scale Carl Thompson 4 string

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by cosmicevan, Oct 28, 2018.


  1. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    Price:
    0
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    New York
    EDIT - regardless of the date of this thread, YES, I still have this bass and YES it is still available to trade for a more compact CT. If the bass becomes unavailable or traded, I will update this thread to reflect that information

    *** ** * ** ***

    Deep breath...ok...here we go...

    Up for TRADE is my beloved one-of-a-kind Carl Thompson with ALL the frills. This puppy is a special beast...stamped with a completion and pick up date on Carl’s Birthday 2/5/10 - I am the only owner of this instrument and have been playing it for the past 8 years. It shows some minimal signs of wear and is not a museum piece, but she's in GREAT shape!

    *** If little nicks and scratches from use are a big deal to you, I can do my best to capture every little dot and dash, but she's not beat up by any means, no real damage aside from one small nick in the top of the headstock...but definitely has been played and has some wear here and there.***

    This is from deep in the Pete Hilton era, so you can see the commitment to perfection in the carving on the body and the carefully composed wood arrangement. The horn has beyond 3 dimensional carving. It really is a masterpiece. But don't take my word for it, let Carl tell ya all about it...



    Sadly as I have gotten older, my physical situation is such that I have learned that the 36” scale life can no longer be for me...and the 32” Thompson’s are just a better fit despite my feelings on the tone and playability of Carl’s 36” scales.


    I am ideally ISO the 32" twin of this instrument...but I know that isn't likely going to happen, so looking for a 32” scale 4 string Carl Thompson with ALL the frills
    • Top preference would be a 32" 5 string E > C (can add cash or trade as necessary)
    • Preference to Hilton era Thompsons, but open to all eras of Carl's basses. I would strongly consider the dali-esque bodies of the 90’s or other 34” scale Thompsons.
    • Would consider basses from the 70's...a bass from 78 would be my pref
    • Predominantly also looking for a 4 string or 5 E > C but I might be flexible here
    • All CT's are unique in their own way so show me what you got and we can figure it out...maybe a plus on my end, maybe a plus on your end?
    Not really looking for anything other than a shorter than 36” scale Carl Thompson but I never say never so if you have something really special, you can try me (but please don’t waste my time with silly offers).

    For the right Carl Thompson, I can offer on top of this bass...
    - cash
    - other basses
    - gear, pedals, amps, guitars, etc
    - ...pm me if you have a 32” Thompson amd we can figure it out

    Bunch of pictures can be found here - Carl Thompson 4 2510 by Evan Meyers - or peak out my avatar...

    Photo by Evan Meyers
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  2. jwright9

    jwright9 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2018
    Very interested. Just PM'd you.
     
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  3. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    Pretty close to making a trade...if you are debating a potential swap ping me.
     
  4. jwright9

    jwright9 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2018
    Is it active pr passive? Based on the controls I am guessing passive.
     
  5. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    Correct. Passive w the normal passive controls for a CT. Kent Armstrong pickups, volume and passive tone shaping knobs and 2 3-position switches...1 for pickup selector (neck, both, bridge) and the other for mute, normal, and treble defeat switch.

    My preference is a passive bass in return, but I'm not opposed to an active CT.
     
  6. Stevevisits

    Stevevisits Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    Wow what a beauty! I just got a 32 scale bass made from Joe (MBJ) who works for Carl. I want a CT bass so bad but was told about a 2 to 3 year wait so I had Joe build me a 32 and I love the way the 32 plays. Good luck what a beautiful bass hope you get what your looking for!
     
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  7. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    Pretty close to being locked down. Joe does some great work. I've been itching to try one of his basses. The shape is odd to me, but I imagine it feels like a dream.
     
  8. Stevevisits

    Stevevisits Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    That was my exact thought when I first saw his basses thought they did look a little funky compared to Hilton and CT which are very aesthetic to me but after playing did feel great very similar to the CT never played a Hilton though would love to try one. I would love to see pics of the bass your getting I love seeing Carl's work! Here's a pic of MBJ I just got. Just picked it up Sunday so still breaking it in
     

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  9. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    DAMN! That one is a looker! Giving me GAS pains...
     
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  10. S.O.T.G. Rich

    S.O.T.G. Rich Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    Corpus Christi Texas
    Always loved this one bro.
     
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  11. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    Yeah if I end up holding it forever so be it. Had a perfect trade worked out and then the owner couldn't part w his 32".

    Hope all is well rich...happy new year!
     
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  12. Stevevisits

    Stevevisits Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    I got to say I love playing my 32 MBJ but would love the sound of the 36! That CT you have would be almost exactly what I would want built. I'm in New York if you ever want to get together check out the MBJ just for Haha Im always down!
     
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  13. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    Definitely. I have a thread of locals and we are trying to find some time to get together and oogle each others basses/gear.

    The 36" sounds far better than the 32...the stretches though :(
     
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  14. Knavery

    Knavery

    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    Oh my!!! See.... This is why I had my Shawn May bass made.
     
  15. S.O.T.G. Rich

    S.O.T.G. Rich Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    Corpus Christi Texas
    I got a really nice 34” made in 93 and re worked by Pete if you want
     
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  16. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    Hey Rich, I'd always take a look at pictures. Feel free to send to my email (PM me if you don't have he address). I've started playing this bass again a bit and for the time being I am pretty happy just hanging onto it, but as long as this thread is open I'll entertain pretty much anything cause ya never know.
     
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  17. Ballin'bass

    Ballin'bass

    Jun 16, 2014
    Madison, WI
    Wow this one is beautiful man. I'm jealous, it even makes mine look sort of simple. Mine is also mainly a Pete Hilton build. 2014. I wish mine had the wood binding on the fingerboard like yours. But I still love it. 1107151811.
     
  18. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    Gorgeous...looks to be 36" though with the 2 pickups?
     
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  19. Ballin'bass

    Ballin'bass

    Jun 16, 2014
    Madison, WI
    Yes it's basically your bass with different woods and details. I know you wouldn't be looking for this as a trade.
     
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  20. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan bleep bloop Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    No, would be pointless...unless you have someone with a great 32" CT looking for your bass and not mine.
     
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