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Bunny Bass ? What Happened???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Gilsonite, Nov 6, 2003.

  1. Does anyone know what happened to Bunny Bass,

    I was looking to perhaps make a purchase and
    thier website claims they are officially retired...

    WoW -sorry to see them dis-appear:confused:
  2. DW


    Jun 22, 2000
    They wanted out of the business, they sold out and shut down. Not much else to explain.
  3. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Wow. That sucks. I just went to the Bunny Bass Archive. They actually expect someone to pay $4.95 a month. To look at basses. Riiiiiiight. :rolleyes:

    Well, good luck to them, I guess. I mean, I have as bad a GAS as anyone, but I'm never going to pay to look at basses.
  4. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I see Gothic Custom Guitars went O.O.B. as well. No room for the little guy I guess.
  5. I email Jon frequently, and had no clue this was coming. I've made two high end purchases through BunnyBass and both times they were absolutely the best folks to deal with. In fact I would not be playing my dream bass (Wal fretless) if Jon hadn't gone way out on a limb to accept two meager basses in lieu of the cash I didn't have. I will always be grateful to him for making that particular dream come true.

    I'm so very sorry to see the end of BunnyBass which was a labour of love supported by a few wonderful people.
  6. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    It's sad to see another one of the "little guys" fall by the wayside. :( It isn't easy doing what we do, but alas, those who survive must carry on! They did have a great site, though, and it's always tough to lose a member of the high-end bass community.
  7. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Wow...I'm kinda bummed. I loved that site! :(
  8. Is there anyone here, who by some slim chance, saved pics of Bunny Basses' Ebony topped five or six string Imperial/Matt Garrison bass that had turquoise binding and fingerboard blocks? I would like to have my bass inlayed (after the fact) in this manner, one day and didn't get to copy/save the pics to disc before Bunnybass went out of business.

    Is there anyone who happens to have these pics? I looked on their archive and it wasn't there...

    :confused: Thanks!
  9. Carey


    Jan 18, 2002
    Redlands, CA
    I too am sad to see the Bunnybass store go away, but I know it was a whole lot of work for Jon. He would field a lot of emails every day, and I think he was getting burned out. He wasn't trying to do it full time either, it was a side gig for him, and I think it just got too big for him. Too bad, they were a very classy operation.

    Now a few words about the BBMIA site...
    I know a lot of people have a hard time understanding why they are charging money for access to the archives, especially when it used to be free. But consider these facts -
    1) It takes a few hours of time to photorgaph and write up a single instrument. I know this, because I do it for my own instruments. Time is money. Having a hobby is fine, but at some point one likes to get paid, especially when one gets quite good at what they do. And, I believe the photographs on the Bunnybass site are easily among the best you can find anywhere on the internet. Is it not reasonable to expect to be paid for the artistic work of photographing instruments? Go to any photography studio and see what they will charge you to take pics of your bass...
    2) The pics in the archives are typically around 150K in size. Every time you look at a pic it's downloaded off their site. Now, add up hundreds of GASsy dreamers clicking on pics every day and you you have several hundred MB of data transfer a month. That quantity of bandwidth is not free. I suspect it costs about 1/5 of a used custom bass. Per month. Do you have that kind of money to pour into your hobby every month?
    3) The BBMIA can become, and to me already is, one of the most valuable informational resources for basses and guitars in the world. Where else can you get instant access to hi resolution photo's of almost any instrument ever made? From a purely informational standpoint it's invaluable.
    Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now, but I urge anyone that is interested in keeping this resource alive to subscribe to it. I know I am going to do everything I can to support the site, including subscribing to it... Please join me.
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  10. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    As an owner of a recently failed, and sold business, I can definitely sympathize.....it sure sucks to have to let things go.

    I must be one of the only few that did not like that site. It was immature, elitiest, and to some, downright insulting (some members here will know what I am talking about). Sorry to hear anyone gave up on a business, but I for one will not miss the site.
  11. I guess you have to pay for your bass porn now... :D

    Jim T. - you mean this one?
  12. That's exactly what my husband said when I told him the price--"That's more than a porn site!"

    Apparently they sold their whole inventory of used basses in 3 days??? Did anyone email them for prices? I am very curious.

    And where's the Nordstrand Spruce Goose now?
  13. Carey


    Jan 18, 2002
    Redlands, CA
    Harry still has the Spruce Goose. I think he's going to keep it.
  14. Well, I have no one to blame but myself (and George Jr's recession.)

    I'm going to kick in my $5/month in hope that they'll keep the site going, but I hope there's a reasonably priced annual membership.

    From reading the newsletter, I get the idea that they might photograph basses for free, instead of their previous $150 photo shoot session. If so, mine are going to visit Harry. My non-Bunny basses are jealous.
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  15. dragonbass

    dragonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2003
    ........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder..........................................................
    It sucks that they closed, but business is not what it use to be! I to recently closed my business.

    My only complaint is that they (bunny bass) never posted any threads that they were selling out there entire inventory!
    I would like to know who bought all the basses, and what kind of prices they were sold at?
  16. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    All the Bunny Bass content and the entire photo gallery is back online! The business is not running again, but all the content and photos are back for historical viewing. Big props to the current owner for putting it back online!

    I loved this site so much back in the day.

    BunnyBass Collection : Basses
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  17. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Wow, that is a lot of content!

    Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
  18. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    It is a ton! I have been contacting him frequently since 2010 hoping to see this stuff back online again. I'm looking forward to a quiet night sometime soon so I can go through the old archive and check out all those basses.