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Cliff Burton's bass up for sale.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Benjamin Strange, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    www.julienentertainment.com is having an auction for charity, and is doing a heavy metal theme. Among the other useless items (Master of Puppets original artwork, Lars original lyrics for "Hit the Lights"), is one of Cliff Burton's basses. Witness:


    It's expected to fetch between $7,000-$9,000. Anybody here planning on bidding? Major Metal? Anyone?
  2. Rhythmalism


    Sep 25, 2004
    Umm, duct tape? Missing saddle? If I sold it, I wouldn't get more than $150 for it.
  3. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    want duct tape for $150?

  4. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    This was never actually Cliff's bass. He simply played it at a jam session.

    Here's the text from the auction:

    Guild SFB-2 brown sunburst hollow body electric bass, no date, serial # 151347, having silver hardware, occasional scratches, some loose hardware, "E" and "A" string not present, overall fair condition. Also present is a letter of authenticity by Jon Zazula of Megaforce Records. This bass belonged to Anthrax roadie Billy Milano, during his stint as a bassist in the thrash metal garage group, the Pyschos. Later it was played by Metallica bassist Cliff Burton in a subsequent jam session. Burton, who preceded the mainstream success of Metallica, is considered the soul of the group. Milano co-founded hardcore/metal groups Methods of Destruction (M.O.D.) and Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.). Provenance: From the personal collection of Jon Zazula. "
  5. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Yeah, but you're a nobody. ;) :p :D
  6. That bass is vile, I would never use it. Didn't Cliff use Ricks and Aria?
  7. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    yeah he had a rick and aria. He also had an Alembic spoiler.
  8. This bass belonged to the guy who wrote "Bubble Butt?" I need that!
  9. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    His Ricky modified with a Gibson pickup at the neck and a Fender pickup at the bridge.

    And his black and gold Aria SB1000 bass

    I couldn't find any pictures of him with his alembic
  10. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    winner of: "Best use of ductape award"
    This will really keep the paint from getting scatched!

  11. Vile ? I'm currently after the DeArmond version over here in the UK, I think it's fabulous! Or would be with some TLC, pity some lousy no-marks did that to it in the first place.

    Ricks? Now that's vile! :bag:
  12. Robman


    Mar 19, 2004
    Sherman, Texas

    Bubble Butt...Bubble Butt...Bubble Butt...Bubble Butt...Bubble Butt...Bubble Butt...She's So Fat!!! :D

    Bringing back some golden memories! :p
  13. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    ....and mountain bike brakepads.


    (*hint: clamp for single bass strings at the nut*)

    AKA "Franken-Hohner"
  14. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    covered it as well, for an intro to a gig....
  15. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Wow, I haven't thought about MOD (or SOD) in quite some time. I have to dig those records out. That was a fun time.
  16. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Actually, you got it completely wrong. The stuff went for a lot more than the estimates. Same thing with the Clapton auctions.

    But, instruments that were iconic and valuable as instruments apart from pedigree are a lot different than one played at a jam session with no recording and only a partial bridge and duct tape.
  17. didn't he play a distillate on kill em all? I'd gladly bid on that! :)
  18. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA

    Glad I could help. A bass playin' lawyer at The Dude Pit from Atlanta bought one of Entwistle's Alembic with a Bigsby tremolo for about $23,000. I hope to play it some day. And, by play, I mean steal. :ninja: :bag: