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The First 7 String Electric Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JAUQO III-X, Nov 23, 2003.


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  1. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    What Luthier Gave The Bass World The First 7 string Electric Bass,and Who was The First Bassist To Play One? Famous or non famous.

    Pics if Possible
     
  2. Stingray4Christ

    Stingray4Christ

    Jan 28, 2003
    NY
    I believe it was Bill Conklin that made the first 7. I could be wrong though.
     
  3. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    bill got the idea from an alembic he had seen.

    perhaps gary goodman will chime in with his claim to be the first 7 stringer. he's the only person i've heard make the claim to being the first 7 stringer. that doesn't mean he is, of course, but ...
     
  4. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
  5. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Nah, I looked through twice and saw nothing about SAH-VOHN stringers in there.

    (PS- JT, PM or email me if you get a chance sometime)
     
  6. You can email them with the updated info then, they would love to add the seven string to their site!

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    Treena
     
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I found this interesting:

    1975 : Carl Thompsons builds Piccolo Bass for Stanley Clarke and Anthony Jackson's 6 string bass (B E A D G C)

    1986 : First 6 string bass with low B and High C tuning from Modulus

    Is this significant because it was the first Modulus 6 string? Hardly seems worthy of a timeline.
     
  8. 1975 : Carl Thompsons builds Piccolo Bass for Stanley Clarke and Anthony Jackson's 6 string bass (B E A D G C)

    1986 : First 6 string bass with low B and High C tuning from Modulus




    Confusing...
     
  9. I don't think it much matters who was the first, if it was just a novelty bass.

    I think the question should be, "who developed the first
    7-string electric bass?"

    My guess is that it's Bill Conklin.
     
  10. I meant to say:

    "I don't think it much matters who was the first, if it was just a novelty bass.

    I think the question should be, "who developed the first commercially viable 7-string electric bass?"

    My guess is that it's Bill Conklin."
     
  11. That timeline is a joke..... "Jaco Pastorius pulled the frets from his bass with a knife, and thus invented the fretless bass". I dont think so.
    It's debatable as to whether Jaco did the defret. Different sources have different stories, even Jaco gave different versions. Fretless basses were around before Jaco, I had one in 1965.
     
  12. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Also... :confused:
    1981: First 12 string bass from Modulus?!?

    Maybe that was when Modulus first put out a 12, but Hamer built the first 12 for Tom Peterson of Cheap Trick in the mid 70's.
     
  13. Kelvin

    Kelvin

    Apr 30, 2000
    Singapore.
    My guess:

    A pic in a '93 (or thereabouts) bassplayer feature showing Victor Wooten with his new bride holding Conklin sidewinder-7. The 1st 7 I'd seen.
     
  14. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    We all know that Bill Conklin gave the world the first commercially viable 7 string electric bass just as we all know that Leo Fender did the same for the 4,and Ken Smith did for the 6 string electric Bass(along with wide string spacing).yes Hamer gave us the first 12 string electric Bass in the 70's(and the first commercially viable one as well)
    Carl Thompson and Ken Smith had 6 string Electric Basses a few years before Modulus did. my ? is who made the first 7 string electric bass?
     
  15. treena thats the best smiely i've seen come out of you yet ... as for the 7 string ... to me thats like playing a (14 string) Warr guitar ... massive and extrememly intimidating. I even think 6 strings are a bit overkill ... bloddy things have some of the widest necks i've seen.

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  16. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Ummm... what exactly are we taking as the meaning of "commercially viable" here?
     
  17. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    According to Anthony Jackson, he had Carl Thompson make him a 6 string bass in 1974....not 1975. Also, the idea was AJ's...not Carl Thompson's. In fact, Carl thought it was "a stupid idea". AJ had to come up with every measurement and spec...and Carl charged him $2000 for a Contrabass that AJ could only use for 1 session, after which it was retired. (It is now in the Fodera shop, Contrabass Prototype #1.)

    Aloha, Garey
     
  18. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    Mike Tobias made a 7 string Bass in the 80's for a friend of mine and presented it to him in 1988 or 89
    tuned Low B to High F. theres listing in the local 47(hollywood)AFM directorie in 1992 of a bass player that plays a 7 string Bass
     



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