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In praise of WEIRD LOOKING basses!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Moley13, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    ANSIR basses look weird, because we're used to lateral symmetry, more or less:


    The 1965 Regvlvs Super-ContraBaixo (built by Cláudio César Dias Baptista) was so ahead of its time it was weird:

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  2. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Well credit the musicality to the foley guy because that whole ad was post production audio.

    I'd love to see more of the car part instruments though.
  3. Mosfed


    Apr 21, 2013
    Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
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    This isn't a bass but it's pretty cool!

    image. Here are a few
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  4. SteveV74

    SteveV74 Banned

    Jul 24, 2012
    if Peter Steeles bass and a Steinberger had a baby.......and the abortion failed, this is what it would look like ,lol
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  5. I'd buy it, for sure. With a ramp like that, I want a unique body to match ;) Just screams MODERN to me.


    This guy loves the two-string. It does give him lots of funky body options, though!

    I think a dragon ate the bottom of your bass bro. You should chase him down.

    No WAY! He should only work out the left side of his body, that way it'd look even stranger :p

    Why the asymmetry? Just curious :)
  6. I just looked this guy up, it actually makes a lot of sense! I'd be interested to try one someday!
  7. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    That is an awesome design! Love it! Do you have any other pics? The hs is hard to make out what's going on.
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  8. wmhill


    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
    MTD basses endorsed artist Bartolini pickups emerging artist TECAMP bass players gear endorsed
    that's why you don't leave your bass in the car...it'll melt!
  9. Ovation Magnums. Love mine!

    I always thought Peter Malinoski guitars where out there.[​IMG]

    Also the commodore 64 bass. She built it with some kind of synth thing inside it so the keyboard actually works. commodore-64-bass-guitar-2.
  10. Does that have sliding pickups?
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  11. Nope. It's one long thumb rest :p It also holds the pickups.
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  12. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Maybe there should be some definitions to help keep the focus on "weird". Like a Steinberger isn't weird, it's unconventional. It may have been perceived as weird when it was first introduced in the early 80's, but it's just not particularly "weird". An Ovation Magnum or a Yamaha "Samari" bass isn't "weird" - they are unique takes on conventional designs. Or a crazy pickguard doesn't make a relatively conventional bass "weird", it is just a crazy pickguard on a bass.

    The lefty bassist for DAD has some weird basses, and a few novelty basses. (a rocket bass is not "weird", but it is a "novel" design) Like the starship bass, or the computer key-pad bass - they are novel and cool, but not "weird". The Bender basses are cool, novel and weird - a triple threat of the unusual. There's another sub-division - unusual. The Staccato bass is unusual (unconventional), and the "Blood Bass" is weird. The Semie Moseley basses are pretty weird - but just imagine the late 60's scene w/period psychedelic kit and suddenly they would look.., normal? Weird is that white fiberglass w/lights inside fish bass that hasn't been posted yet (it appeared on a past thread about strange basses) If I saw someone playing that at a show - that would be weird.
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  13. From the OP:
    So, essentially, weird is in the eye of the beholder...

    A few Gems in this old TB thread, which is similar to this thread (with a few of the same basses), but this Lego bass looks like a pixelated computer image come to real-life – hard on the eyes!


    I'm a big fan of the mad genius of Bas-Extravaganza from Holland:

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    Yeah, the body is boringly familiar, but the neck is intriguing:


    Vox Phantom has always been a favourite of mine:


    As has this Yamaha (headstock is same as the Yammy posted earlier in this thread):


    Lots of weird bass stuff to be found out there, it would seem:

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  14. Oh Those Russians...

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    Tonika basses ^


    Roden ^


    Ani ^

    More Russian and Eastern Block mayhem at the Cheesy Guitars website.
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  15. [​IMG]

    Sturgeon bass, signed by Les Claypool ^


    Hallmark Swept-Wing ^

    Fury ^ from Saskatchewan
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  16. These are sweet. Sturgeon!! WTH!!!
  17. Feral Feline thanks for the Russian ones.

    You beat me to it
  18. Arjank


    Oct 9, 2007
    Above Amsterdam
    Great idea! I still have a Millennium Falcon (early 80's), maybe I could convert it into a bass too...or not
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