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

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

  1. icecycle66

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    Please define what the heck a "coffee table bass" is?
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    Get the point ?

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  3. mark beem

    mark beem Supporting Member

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    A term normally used to describe basses with highly figured wood tops, typically clear-coated so that the figuring will be displayed.
  4. spade2you

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  5. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

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    I just love coffee tables!
  6. JennySuzuki

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

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

  8. BassHappy

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    Yup. Dismissive - good word.

    I appreciate the beauty of both:

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    BassHappy
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  9. TolerancEJ

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    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. socialleper

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    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

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

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    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

    :)
  13. Dark Horse

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

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    It's actually a good idea for a coffee table, though :)
  15. blowinblue

    blowinblue Non-user of Fender and Ampeg Supporting Member

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    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 Sponsored by Jagermeister Supporting Member

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    Which sounds nicer? Coffee table, or Butcher block? :smug:

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  17. squirefan

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    This gives me an idea...I think I'll have a cup of coffee!
  18. chadds

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    Use a tablespoon.
  19. ZenG

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    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

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    Please tell us that was photoshopped!

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