Arctic Bass Museum (2000 – 2005)

Between 2000 and 2005 I started my first bass shopping on the Internet. I started out by buying the Peavey Cirrus 6 from a forumite on talkbass.com, before I took a chance and bought first the Conklin GrooveTools GT7 and then the Schecter Diamond DeLeo T-5 bass on eBay in 2002. These years were dominated by relatively cheap imports, the stand-out being the Peavey Cirrus 6-string bass, which was a superb bass. The only reason for selling it on was that I didn’t get comfortable with the 35″ scale length on that bass! The Conklin GT7 was also a very fine instrument, built at the Cort factory in Korea. That bass got sold on simply due to the number of strings. I’ve tried later. It’s one string too many. Other highlights to be mentioned is the 90s Jazz bass built by Jan Braathen/Guitar Workshop in Oslo. A fantastic bass, built from spruce (and heavily dented), and the previous owner had a refinish in metallic Audi laqcuer! The neck was an outragouesly beautiful birdseye maple, and the electronics were Alembic! It sounded beautiful (and was sold to a Norwegian working in Saudi Arabia….. the shipping was expensive!). The Dean Jeff Berlin Exotic was also a fantastic instrument!

Back to the museum lobby!