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Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar 

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Just one string short of being two basses in one.

It takes a big bass player like Bill "Buddha" Dickens to handle an axe like the Conklin GTBD-7 Bass Guitar with its full seven strings to range over. Constructed with a maple and purpleheart thru-body neck and swamp ash wings topped with curly maple. Gold hardware tricks it out. The GTBD-7 electric bass has totally custom-made Bartolini Bill Dickens pickups and custom electronics, including a 3-position parametric preset rotary switch and mid-frequency selector.

FEATURES
  • Seven strings
  • Custom-made Bartolini Bill Dickens pickups
  • Custom electronics including a three-position parametric preset rotary switch and mid-frequency selector
  • Maple and purpleheart thru-body neck
  • Swamp ash wings topped with curly maple

Buy it today (if yo man enuff to play it).

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Conklin GuitarsGTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GTBD-7 Natural finish

The combination of this bass and the shopping experience with Musician's Friend have left me floored! After a small issue with backordering, the cutomer service reps and a supervisor took such great care of...Read complete review

The combination of this bass and the shopping experience with Musician's Friend have left me floored! After a small issue with backordering, the cutomer service reps and a supervisor took such great care of everything and made me even happier with my purchase and choice to buy from them.

On to the bass, this thing is amazing! Everyone has already said it, it is much more beautiful in person. The tones you can pull out of this thing are limitless, after only having played with this for two days I've been able to get an impressively wide range of sounds and tones out of it I never figured I could. The sound quality is amazingly clear as well. Tapping, thumpin', plucking, everything comes across very well pronounced. I don't regret buying this bass one bit!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar "Tuning"

I have searched a few sites to find the proper tuning for 7-String Bass Guitars. Obviously, there are a number of different ways to tune your 7-String Bass Guitar...all of...Read complete review

I have searched a few sites to find the proper tuning for 7-String Bass Guitars. Obviously, there are a number of different ways to tune your 7-String Bass Guitar...all of which are up to your particular style and technique!

Here are a few known tunings.....
A) B1 - E2 - A2 - D3 - G3 - B3 - E4
B) A1 - E2 - A2 - D3 - G3 - B3 - E4
C) E2 - A2 - D3 - G3 - B3 - E4 - A4
D) D2 - G2 - B2 - D3 - G3 - B3 - D4
E) 1F - 2C - 3G - 4D - 5A - 6E - 7B

The first four show a number after the note of the tuned string... (...I have not found out what these numbers stand for...) ...but, only the fifth listed denotes the number of the string with the note to tune at!

Personally, I use......1B - 2E - 3A - 4D - 5G - 6B - 7E which makes buying sets of strings a bit easier.

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4.0

With a little TLC, a top line instrument.

By Brian Batie

from South-east Asia.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

    I have the GTBD-7, a well-made instrument, with a very wide variety of tones. I am a sucker for natural wood finishes, and this one is simply gorgeous. A few cons about the instrument, the string spacing dictates very small slap strokes, which limits the showmanship. I had to have a nut replacement, as the one on the instrument had uneven spacing. One other detail, the bridge saddle for the F string on mine will spontaneously lower itself (!) and I have to check it before playing. If I had a wish, it would be 19v operation, so I am currently investigating that mod.

     
    5.0

    My Third Conklin 7

    By None

    from Upper Marlboro, MD.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anything that any of my bases are used for.

      Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

      Currently have 2 Fender American Deluxe Active Jazz V, 1 EB Piezo Musicman V, 1 Conklin GTBD7. I rotate each about 3-4 weeks each unless I make any changes on any of them. I go through Tweaking on all of them when I think I hear/feel something, but the Conklin's extra range allows me to go farther in range, sounds Good in all types I use it for, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Oldies, Rock, Whatever

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would recommend this bass and Friend.

      By Mr bass

      from Auckland New

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

        This 7string bass is a revelation to play.I have had
        Over 20 years experience with a 6 string Alembic so I Don't have a problem with the wide neck. The instrument arrived with a few small glitches which I was able to put right myself.
        I am thrilled with this instrument, I own 5 other high end basses and this one is right up there with them.

        (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar "Tuning"

        By jjammin

        from PORTLAND,OR.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bass Needed Knowledge

            Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

            I have searched a few sites to find the proper tuning for 7-String Bass Guitars. Obviously, there are a number of different ways to tune your 7-String Bass Guitar...all of which are up to your particular style and technique!

            Here are a few known tunings.....
            A) B1 - E2 - A2 - D3 - G3 - B3 - E4
            B) A1 - E2 - A2 - D3 - G3 - B3 - E4
            C) E2 - A2 - D3 - G3 - B3 - E4 - A4
            D) D2 - G2 - B2 - D3 - G3 - B3 - D4
            E) 1F - 2C - 3G - 4D - 5A - 6E - 7B

            The first four show a number after the note of the tuned string... (...I have not found out what these numbers stand for...) ...but, only the fifth listed denotes the number of the string with the note to tune at!

            Personally, I use......1B - 2E - 3A - 4D - 5G - 6B - 7E which makes buying sets of strings a bit easier.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GTBD-7 Natural finish

            By Funkin'upOKC

            from OKC, OK

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Action
            • Neck
            • Solid Electronics
            • Versitile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • everything
              • Funk
              • Jamming
              • Jazz
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

              The combination of this bass and the shopping experience with Musician's Friend have left me floored! After a small issue with backordering, the cutomer service reps and a supervisor took such great care of everything and made me even happier with my purchase and choice to buy from them.

              On to the bass, this thing is amazing! Everyone has already said it, it is much more beautiful in person. The tones you can pull out of this thing are limitless, after only having played with this for two days I've been able to get an impressively wide range of sounds and tones out of it I never figured I could. The sound quality is amazingly clear as well. Tapping, thumpin', plucking, everything comes across very well pronounced. I don't regret buying this bass one bit!

              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bill Dickens gtbd-7

              By Bass Superfreak

              from Alaska

              Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

              This Bass is worth every penny.I have been playing bass for 25 years and have a great selection of high end basses in my closet and this bass makes number 8 , and I'm sorry to say the others will forever stay in there dark nest.The signiture series Bill Dickens TPH Bass is the best action of any Bass I own and I'm talking about the comparison of $5-6,000 bass guitars. The picture of the bass does not do it justice, The color is beautiful and has an outstanding finish,Tone is very versital and the preamp makes no noise at all. From slap to heavy metal his thing is a monster. A bit on the heavy side but what do you expect from a seven string bass. the only reason I gave a 4.5 on features is the knobs and tuning keys are not the original Conklin but if they fail you can replace them from Conklin at their web site. So if you need a kick butt bass don't hesitate to buy the gtbd-7 from musicians friend.

              (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GTBD-7 = Affordable Excellence

              By FunkIsPreacherJazzIsTeacher

              from Metro Detroit

              Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

              I have purchased from here many times, but have never posted here. This is a real-deal gig-worthy 7-string extended-range bass. Play bass lines, chords, and single-note solos and be happy. Finger style, slap, pluck, thump, etc. This versatile pro-quality bass is the best in its price range. Want something better? Bill Conklin will be happy to build it for you. Just bring your checkbook and be prepared to pay three or four times the money of this model. Thank you Mr. Conklin for licensing and mass-producing the GTBD-7l. Thank you Mr. Dickens for your design input and amazing musicianship! Thank you for carrying this great bass.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Simply incredible!!!

              By Gordo

              from Bangor, Maine

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              Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

              This thing is amazing. Narrow string spacing keeps the neck width manageable. Tonal variations are great with this incredible preamp system. It has bass, mid, mid frequency selector, treble, treble frequency selector, pickup selector and gain. The custom Bartolini pickups sound incredible, both for slap/pop or fingerstyle. I don't use a pic but I imagine that would sound great too. It's really not as overwhelming as it looks and it's fun and easy to play. Intonation and action were perfect right out of the box. All my other toys are sitting in the closet now.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love it so far!!!

              By Tim Umstead

              from Huntsville,AL

              Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

              I just got this today, and have played it for the last few hours. I love it so far. The neck is nice and thin, with the string spacing done so that it isn't too wide for being a seven string. It is much easier to play than my Washburn 6 string.Will really be able to tell tomorrow at band practice, but I have a feeling this bass will be played daily for many years to come.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ultimate Bass

              By Jimi Brix

              from New Jersey

              Comments about Conklin Guitars GTBD-7 7 String Bass Guitar:

              I've been playing for 35 years, played almost everything out there. This bass has rendered my entire line-up of high quality basses obsolete. It has an incredible feel, incredible sound right out of the box, lots of room to tailor your sound any which way. I highly recommend this beautiful instrument! My biggest problem now, is what to do with all of my other basses on stands or in the closet! I don't have the heart to sell them all, but with this bass in hand, I never even look at them!

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