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Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass   

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The Groove Tool 7-stringer bases its awesome tonal capabilities on a body made of tone-rich, lightweight ash topped with figured maple coupled with B...Click To Read More About This Product

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Superb looks, active electronics, and super playability!

The Groove Tool 7-stringer bases its awesome tonal capabilities on a body made of tone-rich, lightweight ash topped with figured maple coupled with Bartolini active pickups. The multi-laminate neck is constructed of incredibly stable wenge and purpleheart, carved to an extremely comfortable profile. The headstock is angled back to increase tension over the nut which improves sustain. A beautifully contoured neck heel and deep cutaway body shape gives you unobstructed access to all 24 frets. Conklin's exclusive off-side position markers are easily visible from both the top and side of the fingerboard. The active electronics let you shape your tone from mellow to monstrous and the GT-7 is equipped with Conklin's trademark locking input jack so you'll never again inadvertently pull your plug.

FEATURES
  • Lightweight ash body topped with figured maple
  • Multi-laminate neck is constructed of incredibly stable wenge and purpleheart
  • Carved, extremely comfortable profile
  • Angled headstock to increase tension over the nut and improve sustain
  • Contoured neck heel and deep cutaway body shape for unobstructed access
  • Off-side position markers
  • Bartolini active pickups with Volume, Blend Bass and Treble controls
  • Locking input jack
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Conklin GuitarsGT-7 7-String Bass
 
4.7

(based on 38 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Bass - Period!!

I could brag about my big baby all night, but suffice it to say it rounds out my bass collection wonderfully. I took off the high F string, moved all the others up...Read complete review

I could brag about my big baby all night, but suffice it to say it rounds out my bass collection wonderfully. I took off the high F string, moved all the others up one place and put a low F# (0.165-inch) string on the bottom. The result was staggering. The first time I took it to our church's Praise Team practice and hit a note, people literally ducked! Very strong voice, especially when the amp happened to be turned up more than I thought. I love the smoothness of the neck and its playing ease over the whole neck. Just plain awesome and worth having. Yes, it's heavy at 12.2 pounds, and I can almost hide behind it, but it's easy to get used to that. Not enough said here, but it'll do for now.

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Quality control must have missed this 1

Quality control must have missed this bass.Out the box , it had a horrific noise when the potentiometer were on certain positions. One pot was loose and the circuit board was just wrapped and...Read complete review

Quality control must have missed this bass.Out the box , it had a horrific noise when the potentiometer were on certain positions. One pot was loose and the circuit board was just wrapped and placed without mounting hardware , inside of the cutout for the preamp.Also it had bad frett buzz in many places on the frett board .

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GT-7

By Nephilymbass

from Fayetteville, NC

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Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

I think its a great deal. Its a solid instrument. The only downside I could think of is maybe some people wouldn't like the weight. It is very very heavy. I actually prefer heavy instruments because of the sound and they don't flop all over the place when you play hard. But it is something to consider if your a smaller player. A nice padded wide strap helps a lot. I don't think I'd play it standing up with a cheap $10 strap. If your a pick player this is probably not the bass for you. I play fingerstyle but I can't imagine playing this bass without using both hands for muting all the strings. when I'm on the higher strings, my right palm is muting the lower strings. If I'm on the e string my right thumb is muting the b and my left hand is muting the higher string and so forth.....
The neck is intimidating to look at but its actually easier to play than any 6 string I've tried for some reason maybe its the shape of the neck. I'm actually considering having Conklin build me an 8 string because I can reach far enough past the fretboard and I'd like to have the low F# and the high F at the same time. Bartolini pickups are great. Controls are simple but effective. I suck at tapping (touch style) but on this bass it is so much easier I actually sound like I know what I'm doing.
the bass feels very solid. Much more like a neck through bass than a bolt on. The neck is insanely stable feeling. The neck finish I would compare to the feel of a german made Warwick . Pickups are good and string to string balance is suprisingly great.
I got mine used but I would be happy to pay full price if it was stolen. The neck on this bass compares to the craftmanship on my 4,500 dollar Warwick thumb neck through. The string to string balance is great. your basically getting a 5 string and a piccolo bass all in one instrument with this one. ONe of the reasons I got this instrument is the range. Its really fun to play on your own, where 5 strings and especially 4 strings are somewhat boring to play if your not jamming with a full band if you've been playing bass as long as I have.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Bass - Period!!

By Jeff, Young Old Timer

from Lakeland, Florida

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy - 12 Pounds

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Praise Team At Church
  • Recording

Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

I could brag about my big baby all night, but suffice it to say it rounds out my bass collection wonderfully. I took off the high F string, moved all the others up one place and put a low F# (0.165-inch) string on the bottom. The result was staggering. The first time I took it to our church's Praise Team practice and hit a note, people literally ducked! Very strong voice, especially when the amp happened to be turned up more than I thought. I love the smoothness of the neck and its playing ease over the whole neck. Just plain awesome and worth having. Yes, it's heavy at 12.2 pounds, and I can almost hide behind it, but it's easy to get used to that. Not enough said here, but it'll do for now.

(3 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Quite HEAVY enuff

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

I was looking for a bass to play brutal death cellogrind and I liked the extended range. But, the tone was not quite HEAVY enough. Replace the pickups with precision pickups, and the tone might get heavier. But,until then it has a really punchy-pokey pop punk sound.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

worth the price

By very disappointed

from Honolulu, HI.

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Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

I have both the GT-7 and the Bill Dickens signature series.The GT-7 is my main ax, mainly because the spacing is a little wider then the signature, so it makes it a little easier to slap. The neck on the signature is a little thinner. The signature is a little more versatile then the GT-7 (with more frills), however the natural punch of the GT-7 is a lot more prevalent then the signature. It is on the heavy side but with the top horn reaching to the 12th fret, it does hang very well.One thing to take in account of if deciding to invest in an instrument like this...getting a replacement pickup is practically impossible. My front Bartolini pick up on the signature bass went out and when I tried to replace it with another, I found out that I could not purchase pickup directly from Bartolini, and every distributor that can sell Bartolini's did not, could not, and would not order it. I called Conklin...and even though they could not send a Bartolini pick up, they said that they have there own pick ups that will fit. Being that this was my only option, I ordered it. Bass does not sound the same anymore. Very disappointed. Another thing to remember with these basses, you have to be very careful with the choice of strings. Certain strings played on this bass do not intonate very well. Ken Smith set seems to work the best. Dean Markley set works well except for the "F" string, it is not a wound string, thus making the volume of the string louder then the others. DR set is probably the hardest to intonate on this bass.Aesthetically, both models are very eye appealing. The natural look of the wood really stands out. It is worht the price. I'm thinking of getting another one and stripping it down, and giving it a new paint job.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

After all these years....

By mauvehead-xDp.n

from Illinois

Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

I still love this bass. I bought this bass several years ago and I still love it like the day I brought it home from the dealer. It is built like a tank and the tones I get are perfect. Ironically I find this beast has the easiest access to the uppermost frets of any of the instruments I own (including a ton of guitars). The neck is obviously very wide but I never feel that it is hard to reach anything. Plays great sitting down or standing up (although it weighs a ton). The action is great and the neck is very stable with its 2 truss rods keeping things in place. This is a very high quality bass for the money. Highly recommended.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This thing rocks hard.

By Geddy Claypool

from Lowell, IN

Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

Ok so here's the deal...everyone seems to be upset at the string spacing...personally I thikn it's perfect...I have been playing for nine or so years and I love it...It's by far one of the best rigs I've ever played. It is indeed my main rig, the neck is huge but it fits nice.Another issue is the weight...if you wear it right it balances perfectly and you won't even feel it there. I see a lot of people picking up six and seven strings and trying to wear them past their belt...not smart...for one you WILL smash the headstock and for two it makes the bottom four strings or so just about worthless...yo simply can't reach them comfortably that way.The electronics are beautiful sounding. It has the pop most bass players slap with and it also has the low low bottom end which all bass players crave.The wood on this bass is absolutly stunning looking. The neck feels right and the fretboard is very nice.I play in two bands currently and I play anything from straight jazz, funk, punk, metal, progressive...well there's really not much I don't play and it works for ALL of it.I have only one thing I don't like about this bass.......it only has 7 strings...haha I want more now. Definately worth the price. This thing rocks hard.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!!!

By 4Lgr0Y3M5

from MANASSAS, VA

Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

This bass rocks!!! I replaced my 4 string with this one. Very well constructed and nice fretwork. The bass has tons of tone options as well. This is my new main bass for all my music. You can slap, pop, groove, or just be mello with this one bass!!! Worth the money for sure!!!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

After 4 years of owning it....

By Spooke-UI769

from Nowhere Land

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Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

After 4 years of owning it I still Love this guitar. I got it when i was 17 and since then i've gone along way because of this guitar. Its close strings makes is great for finger playing and the neck is really easy to work with. The sound is unreal! Those pick-ups with the dean strings is some mean steam baby. Seriously perfect bass sound from high to low. As far as slap goes it is a little hard to slap with at first because the strings are so close, but when you do learn how to slap this bass you'll be perfect at slapping any bass. When my Band and I Jam i dont practice with the GT-7 Because its very heavy and my lower back tends to pop every time i bend over after playing it. But my Guitar player always begs me to practice with it due to its sound. Its very beautiful up close, infact due to its size and beauty it alone tends to attract a crowd.Over all a 10.jazz 10blues 10metal 10slap 10Its weight is the only thing that bothers me about it. but swords and axes are heavy too. any ways this is the master of my guitar collection and my ring of power.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely Playable

By SkippyMacDoogles

from Kennesaw, GA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

    This bass is a monster. Great feel and intonation right out of the box, but it's going to sound amazing when it's fully set up. The strings are far enough apart to slap away without too much adjustment, and the sound you get is top-notch. It really isn't as heavy as I would have expected, I played for about an hour with no fatigue whatsoever. I imagine if you're playing a show, you will want to get a nice heavy strap and strap locks for sure. The locking input jack is a nice touch as well.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This bass is incredible!!

    By StringStrap

    from Memphis,Tn

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Tool For Any Situation

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Figuring Chordssoloing
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Use It All The Time

    Comments about Conklin Guitars GT-7 7-String Bass:

    This is a great instrument!! Most importantly I like how musician's friend explained to me whenever i contacted them that the instrument was on its way. Even though I was impatient they were patient. The bass was shipped without a scratch. The ony con is that it is a heavy instrument! I am going to buy a new strap this weekend! It is a must to have a good strap to take the weight of your shoulder! I played outside in the cold last friday and all the circulation from my arm down to my hand stopped! My thumb was swollen. That was due to the weight of the bass. But if you want a instrument that you can experiment on this is the one!! It is at a price you can not beat!! Dont let the weight of the bass stop you! This bass will surely be my main ax!!

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