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Les Claypool Selling A Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ffutterman, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    Just got the e-mail below. I wish I was swimming in money that I could pour into this auction. It's an awesome instrument for a great cause.

    Auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/300757821101?ssPageName=STRK:MESCX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1554.l2649#ht_530wt_924


    A letter from Les Claypool

    Hello there,

    Two years ago my younger brother’s two-month old baby boy Matthew was diagnosed with a rare form of infant leukemia. Matthew has just recently celebrated his second birthday and as of this date he is a little over 60 days into his bone marrow transplant therapy. The bone marrow treatment is taking place at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where the most cutting edge techniques are used. A few weeks prior to his transplant, Matthew was given a 0% chance of survival rating from Stanford Medical Center because they felt that they had exhausted their treatment options. St. Jude’s has been Matthew’s “hail Mary pass”.

    Watching my younger brother and his wife go through one of the most heart aching situations that any parent can endure has been gut-wrenching. On top of that there is the unbelievable expense of the treatments ($80,000 for one particular shot alone and Matthew needed two of them). I do what I can financially and the fellows in Primus have been very generous to do performances as well as create special merchandise items for Matthew’s cause but unfortunately we are just pushing against a tide of debt that my brother will be dealing with for many years. He has a fairly new business that is chugging along in the Monterey Bay area called GREEN GOPHER GARDEN SUPPLY but because his attention needs to be focused on Matthew, the business is just squeaking by.

    It is at this point that I have decided to put up one of my main performance four string basses for public auction in hopes of not only raising some needed cash for Matthew but also to raise attention to the notion that infant leukemia is rapidly growing and places like St. Jude’s Hospital are beacons of hope for families that are struggling to deal with such tragic situations.

    The bass I’m putting up for auction is the final prototype, Les Claypool brand, PACHYDERM, four string bass. It is one of two, (the first being my current “main” with a bit smaller body), and is the design that all future PACHYDERM basses will be modeled after. I have been playing this bass live for the past year or so and it is a fabulous feeling and sounding instrument. The notion of the PACHYDERM basses was for me to create the most playable and ergonomically comfortable instrument I could think of and have them hand-made by a longtime friend and guitar maker extraordinaire. Having played many basses over the years, I crossed different elements of my favorites as well as some innovations of my own. This particular bass has a walnut top with maple back giving it a warm tone with a bit of a punch in the attack. I like my electronics simple so there is one custom EMG split pickup with one volume knob. The other knob controls the LED’s in the side of the illuminated fingerboard for visibility on those dimly lit stages that I tend to stomp around on. The bass is also configured with a KAHLER tremolo bar and exotic wood pick-guard. Photos will be available to view on the auction site as well as at PRIMUSVILLE.COM.

    When Matthew was diagnosed, Stanford Medical Center (one of the top facilities in the country) had never seen a case like Matthew’s and in the two years since, there have been several more. Something in our environment is triggering this new surge and it is facilities like St. Jude’s as well as Stanford Medical Center that are gathering the data needed to treat, curtail and perhaps cure an affliction that devastates not only the patient but also the family and community around them.

    Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested in not only owning a spectacular and potentially collectable instrument but also in helping ease some financial pressure for a toddler and family in need.

    Thank you, Les Claypool"
  2. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Very sad letter from Les :( It always breaks my heart if I see that young children are so sick like Matthew :( I'm hoping all of the best for Matthew and that he can have a good and healthy life!! Good luck Les and the family!! :)
  3. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    Les should also put up a donation link for those that can't bid on that awesome bass. I am sure fellow bassists would donate.
  4. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    There is a link on www.babymatthew.org :)
  5. Fclef_86


    Aug 7, 2012
    Ventura, CA
    Sales Instrumental Music Ventura
    That is a hard thing for a family to go through. Hopefully everything will work out for baby Matthew.
  6. Phantasm

    Phantasm I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.

    Sep 16, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Man, that bass looks sweeeeeet. It's gonna be expensive though.
  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Noble thing to do. Bidding is at $30,100 as of the time of this post.
  8. Worldeeeter

    Worldeeeter Banned

    Mar 29, 2010
    Asheville, NC
    I have three wishes:

    1. Les' nephew makes it through treatment and eventually recovers
    2. His family receives substantial donations so that they can pay the medical bills
    3. Pachyderm basses are eventually commercialized and affordable (under $10,000).

    I would so love to own one...I have to assume that CT is making them. Les' e-mail said that they are hand-made by "a friend".
  9. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Nope, the bass guitar is made by Dan Maloney :)
  10. Worldeeeter

    Worldeeeter Banned

    Mar 29, 2010
    Asheville, NC
    Ah-HA! Good info - Thanx!
  11. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    I'm not trying to take the thread off-topic, but please consider donating to St. Jude's Hospital (the hospital of last resort for Matthew). It is by far #1 at developing treatments for pediatric cancers worldwide. It is, in my opinion, one of the most honorable organizations in the world.

    This is one of the few charities I keep on my list each year, and I always feel guilty that I can't afford more.

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