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Looking for unique bass - possible scroll

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Knavery, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Knavery


    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    Hey all,
    I'm GASing for a new bass, but something a little more unique. See, I've been a big fan of Primus through the years and just love the Carl Thompson basses Les plays, but I know they're very rare and acquiring one is like winning the lottery.

    Can any of you recommend a luthier that makes these types of basses? I looked into Carrigan Designs, but there just isn't a lot about them. I currently have two jazz basses and am looking to round out my collection with perhaps a scroll bass with humbuckers or something related. I still have the Musicman Stingray HH and the Peavey Cirrus on the back of my mind as options, but they're a dime a dozen.

    Just looking for opinions here. I know it appears to be a noob question, but seriously. That's all I'm asking. No need to ask a bunch of follow-up questions. Just looking for some good alternatives I haven't thought of, or luthiers that make great basses at an affordable price point. Thanks!
  2. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    Here you go, doesn't get any closer to Carl Thomspon than this:


    Pete used to work for Carl.
  3. Knavery


    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    A little out of my price range, but those are awesome. Thanks! Maybe something I can shoot for eventually. :)
  4. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    Then you need to change your OP to say that you are on a budget.
    troy mcclure likes this.
  5. Knavery


    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    I said affordable price point in my original post, but that could be interpreted differently by pretty much everyone. Thanks though. Good knowledge to have either way. Sorry to waste your time bud.
  6. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Ampeg scroll basses. TB'er Bruce Johnson restores and recreates them. I think they're less than the Hilton but since you haven't stated a ballpark budget it's hard to know what to recommend. A link is: Johnson's Extremely Strange Musical Instrument Company Home Page

    The "Devil Bass" knocks me out but I'd love any of them.

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  7. Knavery


    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    Thanks! I'm looking between 1500-3000 range. I could always sell some guitars to swing the higher end, but anything over say 4k just is too much unless I'm a professional touring musician, which I'm not. :)

    Thanks for the suggestion!
  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    ahc beat me to it. Bruce is a frequent contributor here; especially in the Love of Scroll Basses and Hardware, Setup & Repair forums. Very easy guy to talk to, as well...:thumbsup:
  9. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Carrigan was the first company I thought of, but also check out Xylem, Adam Stone, Better Mousetrap, and Knot Head Guitars. There are a few more companies doing (ahem) "tributes" to the CT basses, I'm sure other TB members will chime in here....
  10. Knavery


    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    Awesome. Thanks guys. This gives me a lot of options to choose from. :)
  11. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    I guess it depends on what you mean by a Scroll Bass. Over in our little corner of the bass world, we're talking about the Ampeg-style Scroll Basses, which have a scroll-style headstock as their prominent feature. A different category are the Carl Thompson style basses, which have a scroll as the upper horn on the body.

    If you are curious about the Ampeg Scroll Bass world, come on over to our threads:
    love of Ampeg and other Scroll Basses
    love of Ampeg and other Scroll Basses, Part 2

    In there, you'll find all the pictures, stories, and technical detail that you can stand. I'm the resident historian on these monsters. I restore the original Ampegs and build my own new-generation versions.

    Here are some cool pictures I took a few days ago of one of my walnut AMUB-2 models:

    IMG_4992B.jpg IMG_4993B.jpg
  12. Knavery


    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    Thanks Bruce. That looks sweet with tons of character!
  13. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
  14. cazclocker

    cazclocker My social skills are rapidly dwindling.

    Oct 24, 2014
    Newton, Kansas
    Bruce, apologies for the brief thread derail... I checked out your website (and enjoyed it thoroughly), and since I'm an amateur home shop machinist, I clicked the link "My Antique Machinery", but it doesn't seem to work. Is the link dead, or maybe a problem on my end? I use Firefox browser, and I've had a few oddball problems in the past so maybe it's my computer. Just wondering...
  15. silvertone


    Nov 6, 2007
    SF, CA
  16. silvertone


    Nov 6, 2007
    SF, CA
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  17. Knavery


    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    So many good basses. I did see the Carl Thompson 5, but yeah. A little bit more than I want to spend. That Woody bass looks nice. It has all of my likings. Just need to do some research on Jared Kurtov. I think he's a member here as well.
  18. Lejdestad


    Aug 13, 2015
    IMG_4669.JPG Xylem might be for you! :)
    fenderfour likes this.
  19. Birdsong has some cool basses in your range:




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