4-String Basses 1990-1999

Collage of 4-string bass guitars

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1999

6-20-99
4 string fretless set-neck bass made for Tony Tunis of Scranton, Pa. Carl delivered this to Tony himself. Tony later had it fretted for more fun while playing out. The body is walnut and the neck is maple. Also note the gold Sperzel tuners, and the Carl Thompson signature which is burned directly into the headstock. The serial # is 6-20-99.


1999 1
Jordan’s 4 String fretted bass.


1998

9-22-98
Joe Trapasso and his 38″ scale 4-string, serial number 9-22-98. In the background of the middle picture on the left is a guitar made by Carl’s dad in 1934. The guitar on the right is Carl’s first guitar which he made in 1974.


7-24-98
Shun sent in pictures of his 4-string fretless, serial #72498. This beauty has a maple neck with an ipee fingerboard, walnut with AAA curly maple body, ebony with ipee and satin wood veneer bridge, and an ebony nut.


4-1-98
Serial number 4-1-98.


1-1-98
This 1998 bass was on ebay with the following info: “This is a 1998 Carl Thompson Bass built from Flamed Maple wings, Walnut center and rear tone plate. Neck fret board Rock Maple, Neck wood is also Walnut with front and rear MapleVeneered Headstock. Tuners are Sperzel Black Locking. Nut appears to be made from Rosewood. Truss rod covers is Rose wood also. The Scale is 36″ and has 24 frets and 2 octaves. The Bridge is laminated wood type found on the older models and has not been adjusted as it plays well for me. The neck is 4 bolt and solid. The Electronics are 8V Active EMG 45 and the electronics compartment is well shielded.”


1997

10-31-97
Carl Thompson 4 string, Walnut set-neck bass with a bicote top. Note the wood pickup cover and the wood bridge. 36″ scale length, serial Number: 103197 (Halloween). This bass sold on the page to Lance Runngren.


7-4-97
Serial number 7-4-97, 38″ scale fretless recently restored by Carl. Photos courtesy of The Bass Collection, www.e-basscollection.com


4-11-97
Serial number 4-11-97, 36″ scale with multi laminants through out the body and neck block. Wood bridge and EMG pickup. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net


1-30-97
Serial number 1-30-97, owned by Magnus. Photos courtesy of The Bass Collection www.e-basscollection.com

Also pictured is Felix Pastorius.


1996

10-20-96


10-17-96
4 String fretted CT. All walnut (Three pieces) with a thin Green (Poplar?) band behind the top. Maple neck with same green band on the top and back of the headstock, serial # 10-17-96. 2 active EMGs, 36″ scale.


10-8-96
36″ scale fretted CT that was sold on the page. It has a walnut body with an 1/8″ piece of AAA grade flamed maple over the top. The neck is maple with a padauk fingerboard including side-neck dot inlays. The headstock is sandwiched between two pieces of walnut. It also has a Kahler tremelo system. The serial # is 10896.


8-8-96
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4-23-96
Fretless 4-string, serial number 4-23-96, owned by Matt Lucock.


3-3-96
Serial number 3-3-96. Body is Walnut with red maple accent laminations along the body. Neck is a single piece maple, 36″ scale.

Also pictured, #6-24-94 (8-string) and 7-13-04 (4-string).


1995

12-9-95


12-8-95
Erick Warner’s 36″ fretless 4 string, serial number 12-8-95. Erick is an integral part of Carl’s outfit and is responsible for the Jazz Cat logo, T-shirts and CD design.


10-15-95
Jason Park’s 36″ scale serial number 10-15-95.


7-24-95
Trip Irish sent us these pictures of his beautiful striped CT, Serial 7-24-95. Trip picked this bass up at Guitar Villa and it is comprised of Walnut, Flamed Maple, Padauk and Rosewood. The bass has gone through a few changes including a Schaller bridge, a custom 7th fret inlay Trip did a few years back (an Ebony ring with a single Maple birds eye in the center) and a 45-DC pickup. At some point the bass ended up in Japan. Note that the rear control plate cover has been repurposed for a front cover on the bass. Photos courtesy of The Bass Collection www.e-basscollection.com


7-23-95
4 String fretted, serial number 7-23-95. This bass is now owned by Magnus.


7-4-95
Dave Muntner’s fretless CT, serial number 7-4-95. Note the wood pickups covers and wood bridge. This is the same bass that was featured in a 1996 article with Carl Thompson in Bass Player magazine. The top is mexican rosewood (the same as the pickup covers on 5-17-00) and the core is rosewood. It is also has a Satinwood layer underneath the top. The back is padouk.


6-6-95
Joe’s 1995 4-string, serial number 6-6-95.


5-22-95
Terry’s other 4-string, a 1995 (serial 5-22-95). Les Claypool signed his headstock.


4-7-95
4 string fretless, serial # 4-7-95.


2-5-95
This wonderful bass is owned by a fella named Roger Fitzwater with the following story. “I was 23 and playing in a metal band at the time I bought my bass. Carl was originally going to custom build a bass for me but when he showed me this one I had to have it. This was originally a 34″ scale bass without an additional tailpiece. I’m not sure when he actually built it but I assume it was a couple years old before I got it. I found some pictures of it online on another Carl Thompson website when it was featured in a German bass magazine. I don’t think it was completely finished at the time of the photo shoots. As an experiment or prototype Carl added an extended tailpiece and turned it into a 36″ scale bass.” The boy in the pictures is Roger’s lucky son Julian. The bass has the serial number 2-5-95, which is Carl’s Birthday.


1994

12-3-94

2-5-94


1993

9-5-93
Serial number 9-5-93.


8-10-93
Vincent Giordano’s lefty CT. He purchased it back in 1996 from LA Bass Exchange. The serial # is 81093.


5-20-93
Brian Mooney playing a 34″ scale 4-string fretted walnut bass, serial 5-20-93.


4-30-93
This 4-string is serial # 4-30-93. The neck is a Carl Thompson however the body was made by someone else.

According to the owner, Rani Sharone the specs are:
Neck: Hardrock maple with ebony fingerboard, trimmed with padauk and walnut
Body: walnut core, cherry back and padauk top. with cherry center block
Bridge: Red heart
Electronics: (2) EMG L-5 with ebony and padauk covers
2 volume, seperate bass and treble controls, all EMG
Sperzel tuning machines


1992

12-25-92
Serial number:12-25-92. The body is Mahogany. The neck is Maple with laminated accents. Walnut, Ebony, and either Bubinga or Purpleheart. The front fingerboard is Ebony with same laminates. It’s equipped with Bartolini soapbar pickups and electronics. Vol,treb.,mid.,bass, and blend. The bridge is laminated walnut and maple. Stringing the bass goes thru the body, on to a brass anchor block in bottom of bass.




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90s No Serial
Lars sent in these pics of his 4-string, which he bought from a Danish instrument store called Musikhuset Aage Jensen in June 1995. The bass used to belong to a Danish male model by the name Oliver Bjerrehus. This bass has no serial number.


90s 1
Unfinished fretted, striped bass.


90s 2
Steve with Carl. Steve owns a walnut 4 string with Epee fingerboard and a maple 5.


90s 3
A ’93 or ’94 4 string fretted. It has a mahogany core, zebra and purple heart center section with padauk top and back. Note the EMG single coil pickup.

Photos courtesy of Darrin Huff.


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