5-String Basses

Collage of 5-string basses


4-22-19
Tim from Germany shared photos of his serial number 4-22-19.


11-1-18
Palle’s 5-string serial number 11-1-18.


8-1-18
Serial number 8-1-18. The facings are West African Olive, the core is Spanish cedar. The neck is mahogany. There’s ebony accents in a few different places. 2 Dan Armstrong passive pick ups.


3-29-18
Andrew Lloyd’s 38″ scale 5-string semi-frills fretted, serial number 3-29-18. Also pictured is 12-12-12.


7-6-17
Jason’s 5 36” scale fretted “Full-Frills” bass, serial number 7-6-17. Woods used are: walnut, padauk, red heart, ebony, and mahogany.


12-13-16
Serial number 12-13-16, photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection www.e-basscollection.com


10-13-16
Serial number 10-13-16, Carl Thompson Semi-Frills 36″ scale 5 string fretted bass.
Mahogany neck with figured ebony fret board. Body is made up of mainly walnut and mahogany. Dual Kent Armstrong pickups.


2016 1
32 inch scale 5 string CT. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net


8-31-15
Rick’s 5-string, serial number 8-31-15. Flamed maple/walnut/mahogany body, padouk neck with ebony fretboard, Dual Kent Armstrong pickups, 36” scale. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net


9-11-14
Serial number 9-11-14, owned by Magnus. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection, www.e-basscollection.com


4-14-14
Serial number 4-14-14, photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection, www.e-basscollection.com


7-8-13
Serial number 7-8-13. Also pictured re 6-25-13 and 6-26-13. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection www.e-basscollection.com


6-26-13
Serial number 6-26-13. Also pictured are 6-25-13 and 7-8-13. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection www.e-basscollection.com


6-25-13
Serial number 6-25-13. Also pictured are 6-26-13 and 7-8-13. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection www.e-basscollection.com

‘Rainbow’ laminated walnut, padauk, lacewood body with flamed redwood center block. One-piece mahogany set neck with wood binding and ebony fingerboard. 36″ scale ith 24 fret markers. Dual coil passive pickups.


2-14-13
Serial number 2-14-13, Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection, www.e-basscollection.com


8-15-12
Serial number 8-15-12. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection www.e-basscollection.com


2-5-11
Serial number 2-5-11, photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection, www.e-basscollection.com


2011 1
Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net


12-9-10
This bass suffered damage at some point, and with Carl’s blessing was sent to Pete for restoration. Pete was able to salvage parts of the bass but most was replaced. The later photos show the bass in it’s new form, with walnut top.


10-22-10
Serial number 10-22-10, 32″ scale. Photos by Parkway Music.


5-19-10
Serial number 5-19-10. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection, www.e-basscollection.com


5-10-10
Serial number 5-10-10. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection www.e-basscollection.com

Multi-laminate exotic wood top and back, mahogany core. Mahogany one-piece set neck with side bindings. Pau ferro fingerboard, 36″ scale with 24 frets. Passive dual coil pickups.


1-29-10
Serial number 12-9-10. Photos by Evan Meyers.


2010 1
Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net and The Bass Collection, www.e-basscollection.com


2-5-09
This bass, serial number 2-5-09, has a mahogany core, a very interesting cocobolo top and back with accents of bicote and maccasar ebony. The neck is maple and bicote with a pau ferro board. Two kent armstrong pickups with ebony covers, hipshot tuning machines and a wooden bridge. The scale length is 36 inches and there are 26 frets. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net


2009 1
Cocobola 5-String.


9-4-07


1-18-06
Here is a photo that Craig Brody in Ft.Lauderdale sent us of his 2 new Carl Thompson basses. The 5 String is serial # 011806. The 6 String is serial # 72506. It is essentially a “Les” Bass…but as Carl says…”it’s the fanciest bass I have ever made.”


2006 1
Canary 5-string.


5-30-03
Carl Thompson 5 string 36″ scale fretted Pau ferra Finger board. Marado top wings with Padouk center top. Mahogany body core with Padouk back wings and Marado center back, padouk side caps on top and bottom of the body and horns. Single Kent Armstrong Custom pickup with Volume – Tone. Photos courtesy of The Low End, www.thelowend.net


2003 1
Bruno came all the way from Switzerland to pick up his bass. In fact, Bruno also came all the way from Switzerland back when he ordered it too! Bruno’s bass was the very first to have a new body style coming out of the shop which combined the old ball scrolls and newer 3D scrolls.


2003 2
This 5-string belongs to Dan Einhuser. Note the stripes that run all the way through the body and then reverse on the cat’s eyes.


2003 3
Top Wings Morado w/ Paduk Center core
Back Wings Paduk w/ Morado Center Block
Paduk Cat’s Eye Tips
Head Stock Walnut back and front
Custom Wood Control knobs by David King Paduk/Morado
2 Kent Armstrong PUs
Hipshot Ultra Lite Tuners and Hipshot B style Bridge


2003 4
Alan’s Nunez’s bass with Carl and Kelvin.


5-14-02
Larry Brooke is a good friend (and neighbor) of Les Claypool’s and he recently received this 5-string fretted from Carl, Serial #51402. An incredible Cocobolo top graces the Mahogany core while both the back and the top also feature Morado (Bolivian Rosewood) and Padauk. A single Kent Armstrong pickup finishes the bass off.


4-25-02
Serial number 4-25-02. Three-piece walnut/maple/walnut body.


10-20-01
Our friend Nick sent us some pictures of his bass teacher, Ryan, and his gorgeous 5-string fretless. The bass is serial #102001.


10-22-00


8-4-00
The owner of this bass is Colin Tatum and the serial number is #842000. He was kind enough to send some pics of one of his gigs in Atlanta.


2-5-00
Terry Devlin’s 5-string. It was originally desgined as a Halloween bass, but it was a bit late – the serial number is Carl’s birthday 2-5-00.


2000 1
The 58th fretless bass. Note the wood bridge and the beautiful pinstripes.


2000 2
Carl Thompson and Adam Feller with his 5 String fretless. The front of the body is made of Zebra wood, the back is made of Paduk wood. Scale length is 38″


2000 3
A 38″ scale fretted zebra bass made for Chris Hildrew of Hershey, Pa.


2000 4
David Kannanstine came into Carl’s shop and asked is he could make him a 38″ scale 5-string, but at the same time, inlay a special piece of wood into the bass. The piece was a design his grandfather had made and put into a piece of furniture back when he was a woodworker. David wanted it to live on in his bass. The body is made of spalded curly maple and walnut. The fingerboard it ebony. It has two bartolini pickups.


2000 5
5 string fretless striped bass made for Sean Lalor in California.


2000s 1


7-22-99


7-4-98
This 5-string (serial #7498) is loaded with tons of rare exotic woods (Flamed Paduk, Cocobolo, Walnut, Canary wood, Bocote and Purple Heart). EMG pickups, Sperzel locking tuners and sliding bridge. The cat’s eyes appear to be figured Bocote. The body is amazing with stripes on the top and running vertically through the body. Originally owned by Steve Zorilla. At some point the bass was brought back to the shop to have a second pickup added.


3-3-98
Carl Thompson 5 string fretless bass. All custom wood selected with red custom pinstipes through-out entire guitar. Completed on 3-3-98. This bass is now owned by Magnus.


12-25-97
38″ scale, 5 string fretless, canary wood topped, CT. The center strip is Padauk, the back is Curly Bubinga, the main body is Walnut the fretboard is Bubinga and the bridge and tailpiece are Cocabola. The single EMG pickup (with Sadowski electronics) is covered with a wood veneer. The serial # is 12/25/97. This bass, owned by Chuck Bernklau, was described as having “the deepest B string I have ever heard, most bass amps freak out from it.”


6-12-96


12-12-96
Dave Muntner originally located this bass (#12-12-96) and then we were fortunate to actually be contacted by the bass’ owner, Yoshiaki. Not only that, he actually took more pictures of the bass for us! This is one gorgeous striped 5 string with some great detail work (check out the nut).


5-23-95


12-12-94
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90s No Serial
This is the first Carl Thompson pic I found on the internet when initially putting together the website. I recieved an e-mail from Adam Shah informing me that it was his friend Matt Chait. Matt used to live in NY around 1995 and was playing this impressive 5-string at 48th Street Custom.


90s 1
Erick Warner’s 38″ fretted 5 string. Erick is an integral part of Carl’s outfit and is responsible for the Jazz Cat logo, T-shirts and upcoming CD design. More information and photos of this bass coming soon.


90s 2


90s 3
1990’s style 5-string.

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10-18-87
L.B.’s Black Walnut 5-string, serial number 10-18-87. This bass was orignally a 4-string bearing the serial number 10-18-83 but it was changed when Carl added a string. Also shown in the photo is an early 70’s Fender Jazz bass with a walnut neck that Carl had laying around the shop. The rosewood fingerboard was made by Guild for a joint project that never took off.


1980 1


5-20-76
Harry Max’s very unique 1976 5-string built in a stye hat Carl calls the “battle bass”. This one came back to the shop for a fret job.


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