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What are you talking about, "coffee table" bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by icecycle66, Feb 19, 2014.


  1. icecycle66

    icecycle66

    Feb 4, 2009
    Arizona
    Please define what the heck a "coffee table bass" is?
     
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    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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  4. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    A term normally used to describe basses with highly figured wood tops, typically clear-coated so that the figuring will be displayed.
     
  5. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2007
    near Mt. Rainier
    I just love coffee tables!
     
  6. JennySuzuki

    JennySuzuki

    Dec 18, 2013
    Wow. That seems an incredibly dismissive term for a beautiful option on instruments.
     
  7. Yools

    Yools

    Jul 24, 2009
    I had wanted to publish a book about them, but Cosmo beat me to it.

     
  8. Yup. Dismissive - good word.

    I appreciate the beauty of both:

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    BassHappy
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  9. I find these instruments to be quite incredible. Others don't quite appreciate the work that goes into them. It's a matter of individual taste.
     
  10. It has two meanings to me:
    1.) Analogous to a 'coffee table book'. Something pretty just to have out for people to see.
    2.) A bass made out of expensive woods that look more like they should be used to build a coffee table with than a bass.
     
  11. kcole4001

    kcole4001

    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    One can appreciate the craftsmanship that it takes to make these basses, yet still find them unappealing.
     
  12. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    I don't think it's necessarily "dismissive". I think it's just a simple description for a fancy, usually expensive bass with highly figured woods. Saying "I'm not into coffee table basses" is just a easy way to describe without having to go into details.

    My $.02

    :)
     
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  13. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Absolutely. I think MOST can appreciate the craftsmanship. That doesn't mean they have to like them. :)
     
  14. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    It's actually a good idea for a coffee table, though :)
     
  15. blowinblue

    blowinblue

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    Don't forget that there's a subculture here on Talkbass that have coffee table basses, but they look like they came from IKEA.

    M. M. :)
     
  16. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Which sounds nicer? Coffee table, or Butcher block? :smug:

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  17. squirefan

    squirefan

    Nov 22, 2009
    Lansing, Ks.
    This gives me an idea...I think I'll have a cup of coffee!
     
  18. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    Use a tablespoon.
     
  19. ZenG

    ZenG

    Dec 13, 2013
    I thought a "coffee table" bass was a bass that you hated and made into a coffee table.....or a lampstand.....or a night-table........something that you want the "50's" furniture look....
     
  20. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Please tell us that was photoshopped!

     



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