Galveston played a Gildenlöw

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fluke, Jan 17, 2003.

  1. Fluke


    Jul 20, 2002
    I'm just back from seeing PoS (Pain of Salvation) playing in the local loft space, and can
    you believe what the bassist (Kristoffer Gildenlöw) played?


    That's right, just the kind of model that was put down here for being
    "unplayable no matter what you do to it". He used the low F# string a
    LOT, and it sounded kind of thin and muddy, the E string on a
    Danelectro is a good comparison. But the rest of the range sounded
    okay, the sound from the band was pretty muddy overall. He didn't seem
    to have any problems with rattling or fretting either. Plus he did
    some other weird things like E-Bowing and nail scraping harmonics.

    Buuut i talked to him and told him that bass was universally
    considered a PoS (of the other kind), so much that i have been
    strongly disadviced from even trying to find one! Well he said that IT
    WAS CRAP, really, but he got it so cheap that he might as well try it,
    cause he would never buy a Conklin for 20 times the price of it anyway.

    Well, whether you could consider this an endorsement or not, you have
    to make up for yourself. I think he made it sound decent though... i'd
    still like to have one of those.
  2. christoph h.

    christoph h.

    Mar 26, 2001
    doesn't he play neusers?
  3. Fluke


    Jul 20, 2002
    And here's a pic...
  4. christoph h.

    christoph h.

    Mar 26, 2001
    can i have his neusers, then?
  5. Fluke


    Jul 20, 2002
    Only thing i've ever seen him play before was that handmade all-natural finish fretless 6 anyway...
  6. Fluke


    Jul 20, 2002
    No, but as i said i'veo nly heard bad things about Galvestons before. I think it sounded okay when he played it through that tiny combo amp though.
  7. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    he wouldn't have to buy a conklin for 20x the price. it would cost more like 5 or 6 times the price. iirc, he's talked to bill conklin in the past about getting a bass, but i think he wanted a freebie, and bill doesn't play that game.

    i've played galveston 8's before, at the namm show, and they were pretty awful.
  8. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I see them on eBay from time to time... I don't know... I wouldn't trust them. To get an eight string at that price has to be because they're cutting MANY corners.... Ive tried to do more research, but there very little out there on them that I could find... One thing is Ive read that they have one piece maple necks.. That sends up a flag right there!! Also Ive head getting the intonation set is pretty much impossible on them.

    I posted over in the "Multi-String Bassist" group on Yahoo ( ) that its' a shame that they (Galvestons) are the only alternative to the higher priced custom luthiers... How Id like to see a "budget" 8 string bass that has the same quality that the Groove Tools 7's are to Conklins.