Arctic Bass Museum

Below are a collection of photo galleries showing of the basses that have been in my possession over the years. The gallery will be updated as I find photos of my basses (or basses that are identical to mine). Stay tuned!

The dates or years in paranthesis indicate the years I owned the bass.

1982 – 2000

96 Frank Hovland
96 Frank Hovland (1996 – 2015)

I started out on a Hagström Swede short scale, but soon progressed to a Fender Precision bass. The Precision was later converted into a fretless 5-string.

During these years, I only played three different fretless basses. An Ibanez Musician MC940 from 1984 – 1986, the modified Fender P 5-string fretless until 1996, and a custom-built Frank Hovland 5-string fretless from 1996 until I sold it in 2015.

On the fretted basses, I went through a few quite interesting basses, including a Warwick Nobby Meidl headless, a Warwick Thumb 6-string and a Kubicki 4-string, until I settled on a Grendel 5-string that was my main bass from 1996 and way up into the 2000s. I finally sold it in 2015.

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2000 – 2005

Peavey Cirrus 6
Peavey Cirrus 6 (2001 – 2006)

Through these years, the Frank Hovland and the Grendel were my main basses. However, I did discover internet bass hunting in these years, even though the volume of purchases were pretty limited. I bought my first 6-string and 7-string basses during this period. The first bass boughtover the internet was the Peavey Cirrus 6-string, a totally superb instrument that only fell through with me due to the unfamiliar scale length of 35″. I also bought a 7-string Conklin GrooveTools, an instrument that I didn’t cope well with, due to the extra string. Those two basses were the highlight of this period, the rest of the basses bought and sold were cheaper instruments, which helped me get the ropes of internet bass shopping.

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2006 – 2009

Tom Clement Ryan (2007 – now)

In the years from 2006 to 2010 I went through a lot of instruments. It was in these years Tom Clement built me my first bass, the 4-string Clement Ryan “Tundra” fretless. It turned out to be a long friendship and he’s built a lot of instruments for me in the years after. The two Tundra fretless basses Tom has built for me, a 4- and a 6-string, are still my favourite fretless basses. We have also worked together on various bass design, and both the Lise and the Anne were developed during these years.

I was also lucky enough to pick up one of very few JAF basses, built by my Canadian friend Al Heffler.

I owned instruments by Parker, KSD (Ken Smith Design), Fender Japan, Status, Yamaha, and a few others. The currently “oldest” instruments in my collection stems from these years. I also purchased the Ergo electric cello that I still own.

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2010 – 2014

<To be finished>

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2015 – 2018

<To be finished>

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