Description from the current owner:
“This lined fretless “Battle Bass” is from our personal collection & a very documented early production bass of Carl’s completed on May 8th, 1976 & sold through Gracin’s Music in Hempstead, New York on Long Island, my stomping ground as a kid. My wife & I at the time used to live at Gracin’s as often as possible when I saw my 1st Carl Thompson Bass hanging up new. I thought I’d never be able to afford one. Its original owner, a Mr. Richard Graziadel from Hempstead, put it on layaway on June 9th, 1976 & proceeded to make payments over the next 90 days & on September 9th it was all his! Its Bill of Sale is irreplaceable & a time when Carl was just starting out & finding his way & consigned some basses to Gracin’s & We Buy Guitars in Manhattan. It’s made in the typical Carl design having both traits – it’s lightweight & has a & completely “upright” sound when necessary. This remained in its 1st owners closet thru 2021. My buddy Rick found this gem for me but too many basses I have indeed.”
Fretless 4-string with mahogany body and neck, ebony fingerboard, two Schaller 404 passive pickups and walnut veneered headstock.
1974 Carl Thompson with no serial number, likely the 10th bass built. The electronics feature both a wood covered pick-up (likely an Armstrong) plus a classic P bass pickup.