Christopher “TankBass” Franklin

"My bass will always cut with Bartolini. No doubt!"


Lakland 55-01 with MK 1 Pickups & Lakland 55-02 with a Musicman DL Bridge Pickup and a Classic Dual Coil Neck Pickup (Jazz Style)
b-axis PB4
b-axis j55j-L/S 18

Genres: Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Soul


Memphis, TN
Christopher “TankBass” Franklin is an independent bass player born and raised in Memphis, TN. He started playing the bass guitar around the age of 9 but is also very accomplished on other instruments such as drums and piano. He is known for his simple approach to music and combining the styles of his inspirations. His inspirations include James Jamerson, Marcus Miller, MonoNeon, and his teacher Terence Gray. He has had the opportunity to share the stage with people such as Jekalyn Carr, Darrel Petties, The Winans, The Spiritual Soldiers, and others.

He received music theory training at the Stax Music Academy and is receiving more training at the University of Memphis. He is a bassist at the Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, MS. In addition to gospel, he plays R & B, Soul and Jazz