Ron Pacheco's Conklin Experience
I remember the first time that I first saw a Conklin Bass. My mom had the Oprah Winfrey Show on, and Chaka Khan was the musical guest. I happened to walk in the room when she was performing and since I liked her music, I decided to check it out. It was then I saw her bassist in her band playing that big monster. I had to count the tuning pegs twice to make sure I was seeing correctly, “7!!?? Since when did they make a 7 string bass?!!”, I said to myself, and the rest was history, after playing a 6 string for about 6 years or so, I had to have my own 7.
I opted to drop the High F string in favor of the thunderous Low F# string. I always think bass first and I love DEEP full grooves. This bad boy added with the Low B and E produced the most fat, serious infectious grooves! It was only natural for me to now go with the Low C# when I first planned the building of my first 9 string with Bill and Mike. This time I also decided to add the High F as well to further the range of my bass fills/runs, chordal work and tapping.
Conklin definitely has it ALL. I instantly fell in love with their basses when I took the GT-7 for a “test drive” at my local Guitar Center way back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s.
It not only is the most beautiful and stunning in look and design, but it is as equally beautiful and stunning in feel, comfort, sound, tone and playability!! I love how the neck is just so naturally contoured to fit in your fretting hand! It really makes playing such a big bass SO comfortable!
After playing the Conklin, the answer was very clear. This was and is the only bass for me and the only brand I need. In my opinion, the only other bass out there other than a Conklin that is as great in quality and sound is a Fender, but sorry Fender, Conklin IS the best.
Thanks so much Bill and Mike for all of your support and help. Looking forward to getting my 9!
Ronald E. Pacheco Jr.