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Pics of the most expensive basses!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Danksalot, Oct 16, 2003.


  1. Danksalot

    Danksalot

    Apr 9, 2003
    Dallas, Texas, USA
    Endorsing Artist: SIT Strings
    Post a pic of the most expensive bass you can find. It doesn't have to be yours. You don't have to say what you paid for it if you own it, but give an estimate of it's worth.

    This one's on the Alembic website valued at $27,000.00!

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    SPECIFICATIONS
    Series II 4-string fretted, 6-string fretless doubleneck bass
    Maple inlaid fretlines
    Burl Maple top and back laminates
    Walnut core
    Custom body shape: Standard Stinger Omega on 4-string, Standard Heart Omega on 6-string
    note: keep body as small as possible while retaining character of regular body
    Custom inlays: 6 cherubs and 9 stars on 4-string, wings on 6-string, "Pearl of Angel" on 6-string peghead
    Green side LEDs and front LEDs on both necks with 4 operation switches
    Wooden pickup covers. Rosewood, Maple, and Satinwood for single coils, Mahogany and Walnut for humcancellers
    Goldplated hardware
    Purpleheart veneer at boundry of each neck and body joint
    Complete Series II electronics for each neck with concentric controls and wooden knobs
    Anvil case with built in casters
     
  2. vanselus

    vanselus

    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    None
    Paging Jared.... Jared come in...
     
  3. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Version I $5295.00 Non-detuneable keys or bridge

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  4. MegaTrain

    MegaTrain

    Sep 8, 2003
    "Paul Reid Smith Prototype Pre Factory Bass 1982"

    Listed at $9,999, and on the "sold" page.

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    Others on the sold page at http://www.guitarhangar.com/ include autographed Gene Simmons Axe bases, but most have a price of "call".
     
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Alembic retails this one at $20,100.
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  6. yoshi

    yoshi

    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Is it April the 1st already?

    The owner of alembic must be laughing..all the way to the bank.

    (sorry if thats offensive to anyone epsecially if you know him/are him but I just think price tags like that are rediculous :rooleyes: )
     
  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    That's not such a bad price. Every see how much a good violin will cost you? And they're only about a quarter of the amount of wood that a bass has.
     
  8. yoshi

    yoshi

    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    No offence, but I dont care...a rip off is a rip off in my view.

    sigh, its been a long day...apologies if I'm getting throaty :(
     
  9. MegaTrain

    MegaTrain

    Sep 8, 2003
    http://www.bunnybass.com/e-zine/amusing/amusingbass20.shtml

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    Excerpt from the description:
    Here it is, the actual bass guitar that Harry Shearer played in the movie "This is Spinal Tap"... The bass is a White B.C.Rich "Eagle" model... The Hard Rock Cafe wants this bass for their rock and roll collection but I am offering it to the public first...

    Opening ebay bid? $38,000
    Bids received? 0
     
  10. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    my best mate has this gu*tar... (i know its not a bass) last valued at £25,000 GBP or $42,000 USD.

    No mother of pearl inlays on this... thats mastadon (dinosaur) ivory

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  11. Danksalot

    Danksalot

    Apr 9, 2003
    Dallas, Texas, USA
    Endorsing Artist: SIT Strings


    How did I miss that auction!?! If I had seen it, that bass would be MINE!!!
     
  12. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    each of the single necks are worth between 4500 and 6500, and the doubleneck's "list" was over $11,000.

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  13. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    its still not really expensive JT for the craftwork and skill involved in them is it?

    lovely basses im always impressed
     
  14. pistoleroace

    pistoleroace

    Sep 13, 2002
    WI
  15. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Those are made by Bill Conklin of Conklin Guitars. http://www.conklinguitars.com


    I have two myself with a third being built.


    edit: Had to add, they're the BEST basses I've ever played!!
     
  16. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Any pictures of someone holding that guitar? :)
     
  17. John, the one I find the most impressive (besides the doubleneck and the other melted tops) is definitely the fretless 8, with that deeeep cutaway and huuuuge MM pickup. Are the fingerboard and neck made out of one single piece (err, I mean laminate)?
     
  18. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK

    do you not believe me?
     
  19. gyancey

    gyancey

    Mar 25, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Is this a concept picture? The pickups/tailpiece don't look real, i.e. computer drawing with an unrealistic gradient "shading"...
     
  20. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    thats a promo pickture from the PRS online catalogue. i dont know if they aer or not, i agree on the shading, but the bridge is real i can tell. its an adonised metal. looks just like that in real life

    my mates dad works for emi and got the dragon 2003 as a present last year. we went to music live in birmingham to pick it up. only time ive EVER been in a VIP room lol. theres only 4 in the UK. (dragons, not vip rooms}