Also pictured is 7-21-20.
Also pictured are friends Larry and Marlene.
Also pictured is Les Claypool’s Rainbow Bass.
Check out this description of one of Dan’s visits to the shop:
This bass is now owned by Mike Adams. Mike says, “…I did some work on the lefty 6 string that belonged to Dan Jackson. The bass has been upgraded with a 3 band Bartollini active preamp with pickups wound by Larry Pollack of Aero. The custom wood pickup covers, knobs and bridge were built by THG knobs.”
Original owner Brian Goren shared the following with us:
“It’s June or July 1997, I’m 17 years old and I ended up at 48 Street Customs in NYC. In the window out front for display are two awesome Carl Thompson 4-Strings and I go in and play them and it was amazing, I was totally hooked. I had to have one. So, I get home and for the next few months I gathered up every penny I could get and it took months. I had the cash for a CT bass now, so I call up Carl to have a bass built and the waitlist was two years long and I was 17 years old and that seemed like forever. That’s when I remembered 48th Street had two CTs ready go. Two days after my 18th birthday I took a bus to NYC and when I got 48th Street customs and both 4-Strings had sold only a few days prior, but they did have CT 6-String ready to go. I beat up the Sales clerk on the price and he got pissed at me and I even walked out of the store and the clerk chased me down the street and accepted my offer.”
Brian later sold the bass to Guitar Villa as the wide neck was giving him hand pain, where Dave purchased it.
It sold on eBay with the following description: “The best of the best. This is a 1996 (serail 4-26-96) Carl Thompson 6 string fretted scroll bass. I sent it to Carl This year to have it reworked from a fretless single pickup to a fretted dual pickup bass. The work is flawless. I have provided a “before” picture. The bass is in new condition and features 2 custom made passive kent armstrong pickups, Jazz electronics setup and a Mini toggle that acts as a Mid shift and a Kill switch. Comes with the original Reunion Blues Gigbag, About a dozen extra Dovetailed Saddles for the bridge (that Carl sent me) and a handfull of extra Carl Thompson Strings. This bass is Also Signed By Les Claypool on the Top rear of the headstock.(I had backstage passes for the show that just came through Detroit) I can email a Pic of the Signature to anyone that wants to see it. The pics I took were done before I had it signed. I do not know the woods used on the bass Carl did not provide me with a list of woods. Its killing me to have to sell this bass. However have no choice but to sell. I need the cash.”
“Carl took a hiatus from bass building in the early 80`s. When he started on my 6 string bass, he just finished building Gary Kelly`s. Mine was the 2nd six string that he built after a lengthy break.. He hadn`t built a 6 string for many years, so he didn`t exactly exude confidence. He started construction in 1986, and it took him about 16 months to complete. It has an EMG P-Bass pickup in the middle and bridge positions, and a 40 inch string length (36″ scale). It also has a HAZ labs preamp . The controls are panpot, master volume, treble boost, bass boost. It`s all walnut, with a rosewood board and nut.. The serial # is 5/7/88, the first 2 digits are my birthday, the last digit the year the bass was finished.. We experimented a lot with string gauges. At one point, I believe I tried a 165 low b, but it was so heavy, it vibrated erratically. I went to a 140, and now, a 130. I can`t tell you how many people want to buy my CT Bass.”
“After 16 years, I have decided to revamp my Carl Thompson Six String. The Preamp that Carl put in back in 1987 kept malfunctioning, so i decided to go Passive, which i prefer anyway. I had Kent Armstrong build me a custom set of P Bass style pickups, and a Varitone.”
Also shown is ‘1988 Unknown Serial Number 2’, a cherry 6-string bass finished around the same time but for which the serial number is still unknown.
The bass Carl is holding is 2-5-80, while the curly maple 6-string is 2-5-77. This entry represents the foremost 6-string, which is a fretless a padauk-body bass likely made in 1988 or 1989 (‘1988_1’ above).
Pictured with 11-9-77, and basses in the works circa 2006.