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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by THIRSTYGUMS, Mar 23, 2006.
yeah... saw that one a couple days ago... i didnt know weather to barf or to run to the bank....
Hey, this thing may have some use after all: if I were an economics professor and I needed to teach a class why Marx's labor theory of value is wrong, this would be a perfect prop. Clearly, it took a great deal of time and skill to do this carving, but all of it went into something that has just about zero value.
no, no your wrong it's worth $350 you must of misread the ad.
Unlike pork bellies or Japanese convertible 10-year corporate bonds, the market for hand-carved bass bodies is insufficiently developed to reach any sort of instantaneous equilibrium.
Ive seen worse.
Like the japanese bassist playing with a band here in australia who cut the horns off and cut holes all the way through his p bass to transform it into an abstract shape and added a stand to play it as an upright. real ugly
That draws a really bad picture... Sounds like he just needs to
repaint the body yellow to be playing a cheesy bass.
Ooh! Ooh! I'm from Wisconsin! I want one! I want one!
Ive got a drill... send it on down here... I can put a cuple holes in it... mind if any are in the fingerboard?
I must say that is certainly different.
OK,time to clarify some aspects about that monstruosity...
The hacked (...oops...."hand-carved") body you see in that pic comes from a Romanian,factory-made bass (let's call it a "bass" for now).
The factory is located in Reghin (Transilvania historical province-no stupid Dracula jokes,please! ).
The bass in discussion is a Frankenstein of it's own:a J-style body (made mostly from a very low-quality alder) and a Telecaster headstock.Needless to say,such instruments are unplayable:completely dead-sounding and,very often,impossible to tweak.Wrongly placed frets,bending necks,...you get the picture.
What's most astonishing is that these basses were made in the Communist era (until 1989),therefore a relic of a remote period..but the factory continues even today to make such weirdos despite the fact that the country itself opened to the Western instruments' imports and nobody,I mean NOBODY ever buys them anymore.
Just for the record...
I wonder if the Klingons know they have lost that...