BunnyBass Amusing* Bass/Guitar, page 6.
*amusing to 'us', under certain conditions, and for whatever reason(s). if you wish to disagree, please feel free.

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the Schmill-Glurmo connection...?

matt schmill bass

here's a picture of a handmade bass that Malia sent me last night. to my surprise the creator of this bass is Matt Schmill, the same Matt Schmill who produces one of my favorite bass-related websites - the Bass Gear Review Page (please go check it out sometime at http://www-eksl.cs.umass.edu/~schmill/bass-rev.html).  he has lots of fancy handmade basses of his own creation on his site. the 'organic' (and slightly bizarre) carving featured on these basses may be a bit of an acquired taste, but i'm glad someone is offering an alternative to the cookie-cutter, machine-perfect, template-determined basses that absolutely dominate the market nowadays. glurmoyou know, at first i couldn't shake the feeling that i had seen this design before...until i showed this to my friend Nancy, and she put her finger on it right away. it's Glurmo, the Slurm-producing slug/alien from Futurama! Do you see the connection?

glurmo    how about now?

 




T.F.A. (Truly Functional Art), from Paris no less.

french tubes


here's another bass being auctioned at ebay (minimum bid of $3800):

"BUILT IN PARIS CIRCA 1981/82 UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF LUTHIER JAMES TRUSSART,THIS ALL COMPOSITE HEADLESS INSTRUMENT IN ONE OF APPROXIMATLY 100 EVER BUILT,THE "VLINE" BASS FEATURES SINGLE PIECE MOLDED COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTION,(NECK HAS A TRUSS ROD),HEADLESS DESIGN USES STEINBERGER STYLE BARREL TUNERS FOR HIGHEST TUNNING ACCURACY (600 RATIO),DOES NOT USE DOUBLE BALL END STRINGS ,HEADSTOCK FEATURES A MERMAIDS TAIL AND DERIER(BUTT),ELECTRONICS ARE 2 PASSIVE HYPERDYNAMIC ALNICO WINDINGS MOLDED INTO THE INSTRUMENT (THERE IS A SMALL WIRING CAVITY )FEATURING SINGLE TONE AND SINGLE VOLUME CONTROLS AS WELL AS A 3 POSITION SWITCH ...THIS BASS SOUNDS LIKE NOTHING ELSE !....LIKE A RICKENBACKER OR JAZZ BASS ON STEROIDS PHERHAPS..ONCE SLATED FOR MARKET PRODUCTION ,IT DIDNT HAPPEN .THESE WILL NEVER BE MADE AGAIN ,BUYER GETS THE FULL STORY ON THIS UNIQUE INSTRUMENT ...THE BASS IS IN FINE PLAYING SHAPE ,THERE ARE 2 DINGS IN THE FINISH ,BOTH NEGLIGABLE IN THE BIG PICTURE...TRULY FUNCTIONAL ART."

hmm...what to say...there's quite a bit that comes to mind, none of it 'nice' though. i'm sure there's SOMEONE out there that's totally turned on by this bass/thing, but me, when i look at it, i just want to ride it around like a bicycle. or something. whatevers.
p.s. i'm curious - does anyone know where this "jazz bass on steroids" phrase first originated? i've seen it used by quite a few people lately. i'm wondering why it's being appropriated by so many people - i'm assuming it somehow resonates with the bass-public, but i can't quite figure out why. how about "jazz bass on estrogen" - would that also be appealing?


washburns

Staccato Bass

wow, another amusing (ebay) bass...

THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST AND LEAST PRODUCED BASS EVER MADE/ THERE WAS APPROX ONLY 30 MADE I WAS TOLD. THIS IS ALL ORIGINAL WITH ORIGINAL CASE LAST ONE I AW SOLD FOR $2200 MY RESERVE IS LESS THAN HALF OF THAT.

i can't believe this bass wasn't produced more. with a reserve of about a grand, i can't believe this thing doesn't already have dozens, no...hundreds of bids. what's up people??


 


 


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