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Conklin Custom Shop 14 String Bass
Specifications


Name/Bodystyle: Sidewinder

Number of Strings: 14

Number of Frets: 24

Scale Length: 34"

Type of Construction: Bolt-On Neck

Body Wood: Swamp Ash

Top Wood: Quilted Maple

Neck Woods: 7 pc. Wenge and Purpleheart

Fingerboard Wood: Purpleheart

Headstock Cap: No Cap

Pickups: Delano

Electronics: Volume, Blend, Bartolini 3-Band EQ with Selectable Mid Frequency Switch

Bridge: Custom 14 String Bridge

Tuners: Gotoh

Hardware Color: Black

Finish: Cellophane Cherry Red Satin

     Conklin is very proud to present the SR-14, a signature extended range/octaved 14 string bass guitar custom made for Steve Ratchen.  As a left-handed player who none-the-less employs right-handed guitars and basses upside down, this one of a kind creation by Conklin represented an extremely unique challenge.  Steve’s playing and writing style (with such bands as Alchemy X, Wizards of Winter, Division 1.1 to name but a few) is the veritable definition of unique, and we feel we’ve created an instrument that remains faithful to both his specifications and vision while encompassing the kind of beauty and functionality all of our artists have come to expect from Conklin.  But hey, don’t take our word for it, ask the man himself……….

     “I’ve been using the GT-7 exclusively for over a decade, and I can not begin to tell you how it made all other instruments superfluous for me.  When I commissioned Bill and Mike to create the SR-14, I had wanted to have the best of both worlds, so to speak.  An instrument that allowed for all the high-end “lead bass” riffing I’ve become famous for, (or infamous in some circles I suppose), but didn’t lose the low end, hence the octaves.  Of course, playing upside down presents some challenges in that modality, thus we had to make sure the higher strings were closer to my body, so that I wouldn’t mute them or make them irrelevant by having the lower strings eclipse their frequency.  And just for laughs, I wanted to see what it’d be like to actually play a left-handed bodied guitar!  Still getting used to having the controls and jack at the “other” ends!  I’ve been using the SR-14 in tandem with my 2 GT-7’s during the Wizards of Winter Christmas tour and the reactions have been conversation starters to say the least.  All kidding aside, this is an instrument that holds up to the rigors of live performance as well as studio recording, and I can’t thank everyone at Conklin enough.  Cheers guys!”

You can check out more of Steve on our artist profiles at http://www.conklinguitars.com/artists_steve_ratchen.html


Or with any of these acts he’s involved with as a player and/or songwriter
www.thewizardsofwinter.com
www.division1point1.com
www.alchemy-x.net


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