NBD - 1978 Carl Thompson

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Charles Farley, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. Purchased this bass used. One of its previous owners decided to route an extra pickup hole using his/her teeth and to apply a gloss finish using a crayon. Fixed up by Carl and his crew. 34" scale, original neck, body, bridge, tuning machines, Schaller pickups. Here was the bulk of the work done: a new nameplate, replaced the fingerboard and nut, made some wooden pickup rings, filled the middle pickup hole, new control cavity cover, stripped old finish and refinished, updated electronics. Looks and feels great. They did their best to preserve what they could of the original bass, and I think they did a great job. Man, these pickups are hot!




  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Looks great!

    Did the purchase still make sense after all of the work at CT? I bet that was a crazy amount of hours and parts to bring the bass to that condition.

  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Nice rescue congrats.
  4. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    that is killer, I love it. Congrats!
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Not only is that great for you, but I bet they really enjoyed getting their hands on this old girl. Wins all around!
  6. carlitoswhey


    Apr 3, 2009
    Wow! Great job by Carl and crew on fixing that one up. I bet she sounds awesome!!


    Is pete still in brooklyn with carl or has he moved to Cali already?
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  8. Not sure if Pete is still in Carl's shop.

    No regrets sending Carl this bass vs having repairs done locally. The downside is it takes a long time for him to find the time to work on it.
  9. I saw that beauty at the shop during the transformation. What a great job by Carl and the crew!
  10. f64


    Oct 31, 2009
    Naples, FL
    Nice, really nice. Enjoy it!
  11. UpperBout


    May 15, 2008
    Near Chicago Illinois USA
    Webmaster, Muckelroy Basses (GetAMuck.com)
    This is excellent. So glad you took the extra effort to have it restored. A thing of beauty! Congrats
  12. Sweet, good job on all fronts.
  13. I get to play this exact same game next week. :)

    My broken CT is expected to arrive today or tomorrow.... Carl was telling me about your bass on the phone- the results are stunning!
  14. Are those the original pups?
  15. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass Inactive Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2009
    Between Muscle Shoals and Nashville
    Bassgearu, Music Industry Consulting and Sales. Tech 21, NBE Corp, Sonosphere.
    Beautiful. Carl and his help are amazing!
  16. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Did you get the one with the broken headstock on ebay?

    I was very close to pulling the trigger, but did not want to have to explain that to my fiance lol.
  17. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Great restoration! Congratulations on a beautiful bass and a piece of bass history!
  18. I most certainly did. :D
  19. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    I think I like the character of the before pic better, lol. But fantastic job of restoring someone's screwups. Beautiful looking, let's hear some clips!
  20. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Wow, so much has happened in my life since I sold you that bass. Let's see, my girlfriend and I broke up for two years, got back together, got married and we now have a two year old.

    That was one of the best playing basses I've ever played. The balance and angling of the neck are nothing short of genius. However, there is no way on earth I would have waited so long for it to be restored. I'm glad I sold it to someone that cares and put the time and money into it. That's one bass that I've always missed. Kudos to you sir!

    Edited to say: Carl did an absolutely beautiful job with it. I'm really happy for you!