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Lakland Burning Earth (the Derek Smalls bass!)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xlows, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. xlows


    Oct 21, 2006
    They built this for Derek Smalls. Check it-



    And here's a copy of the blog:

    Category: Movies, TV, Celebrities

    Specially designed instrument amplifies message of July 7 Live Earth event!

    Lakland has created a special 'burning earth' bass guitar for Derek Smalls, bassist for heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The band will reunite to perform July 7 at London's Live Earth event. (For more about the Spinal Tap reunion, view Marti DiBergi's video: http://liveearth.msn.com/le/video.)

    Spinal Tap was the subject of the 1984 (mock) rockumentary "This is Spinal Tap," in which documentary maker Marti DiBergi (Rob Reiner) chronicles the English rocker's (ill-fated) 1982 U.S. tour. The band continues to maintain cult status with rock musicians and music lovers alike.

    Tap's Bassist Derek Smalls is also known as comedian, author, musician, playwright, radio host and blogger, Harry Shearer. (www.harryshearer.com) When not holding down the low end for the Tap, Harry Shearer voices scores of characters for TV's "The Simpsons," and hosts a weekly radio series Le Show, which is broadcast in over 90 markets. "Not Enough Indians," his comic novel, is a national bestseller and his popular blog appears on The Huffington Post's "Eat The Press."

    In a March phone call to Lakland chief Dan Lakin, Shearer, who owns several Lakland basses, laid out the idea for an over-the-top five-string bass that would depict the earth exploding. To help execute Shearer's vision, Lakin tapped Chicago artist Gary Weidner. www.garyweidner.com Weidner is a successful painter with numerous solo shows in Chicago and New York to his credit and his paintings were recently featured in the film "The Break-Up" starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. He has created special edition basses for Lakland in the past, including an American flag bass for the cover of "American Basses, An Illustrated History and Player's Guide," by Jim Roberts (Backbeat Books, 2003).

    To create the collaged art for Shearer's bass, Weidner used his trademark process, a combination of traditional etching and inkjet printing on Japanese rice paper. The result: a dramatic textural image of the earth (as seen from outer space) on the body of the bass, with flames shooting out of the top and up its neck.

    Says Lakin: "It's been a pleasure to work with Harry to create this instrument, which is also art that reflects the current state of the world. And not only do we get to be a part of another milestone in rock history with the Spinal Tap reunion, we also get to create something that we hope will help draw more attention to the importance of caring for the planet we live on, before it's too late."

    The Lakland/Spinal Tap 'burning world' bass, which started off as a standard Lakland 55-94 model, also sports six of Lakland's new "Chi-Sonic" pickups. The electronics are powered by a Lakland LH3 preamp, and individual switches will allow five of the pickups to be turned on and off at will.

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  2. OrionManMatt


    Feb 17, 2004
  3. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    Now THERE's something you don't see every day.
  4. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Perfect for Derek Smalls.

  5. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
  6. It looks like it has 6 harmonicas where the pups are 'sposed to be :confused:
  7. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
  8. olaff421


    Sep 29, 2006
    Murfreesboro TN
    I'm surprised one of them doesn't have a little picture of Stonehenge on it.
  9. steve21

    steve21 Inactive


    Spinal Tap will sound the best they ever did this time 'round!
  10. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    love the 6 pickup spinal tap touch... :D
  11. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    That is way, way better than the Musicman guitar!!!
  12. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Comments from my wonderful friends:

    "As far as I'm concerned, once you say "And here is where the Sno-Globe will go", you trump anything else."

    "Plus, the Lakland one looks like decoupage and faux painting in a restaurant."

    I'm sure it's a great bass, but the artwork on Nigel's skinny-stringer is...well, 'art' is subjective, then, isn't it?
  13. I think he should play a 15 string (single course) bass (of course only the E and A string). This would be as Spinal Tap as it could be.
    First 15 string bass player of the world... Derek Smallsssssss
  14. Bob Moulton

    Bob Moulton Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    Ypsilanti, MI
    I can't wait to hear "Big Bottom" erupt from that bass! How could I leave this behind? :D
  15. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    The carving on the EB guitar is pretty cool. Other than that, it's really got nothing on the bass.
  16. I'm greatful that Al Gore's face isn't on that bass.
  17. all i can say is how much and how long's the delivery.
  18. nickbear


    Jun 12, 2007
    surrey, uk
    he is the only bassist that can get away with this bass... im proud to be british!
  19. I'm still a big fan of the Double Neck Dollar Sign bass from The Return of Spinal Tap.
  20. sully


    Aug 14, 2006
    sexy as hell
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