Saw this steampunk bass on my local auction site...

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  1. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    That's... Something! I'm not into steampunk stuff but to each their own. I'm sure someone into that vibe will love it!
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  2. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    It's overdone, IMO. I could dig something more subtle, like this:
  3. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    steampunk= garbage man's
  4. jeff62

    jeff62 Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Central FL
    Either of those would absolutely rip my forearm to pieces while playing. Yuck. :rollno:
  5. :laugh::laugh:
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  6. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Everyone likes different stuff, and that’s what makes us awesome.

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  7. joel406


    Dec 27, 2013
    Another perfectly good bass ruined.
  8. Bryan R. Tyler

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

    May 3, 2002
    Those are definitely more in line with the steampunk aesthetic- the one in the link looks more like a Mad Max/pieced together from spare car parts future look.
  9. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    The example in the link offers both neck dive and butt dive, and would be suitable for playing in dive bars.
  10. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    The thing is... good steampunk should have a sense of style AND function... from another age. Not just random junk jammed into a space.
  11. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
    And folks talk about how uncomfortable binding feels on your forearm while playing, like my Ric 4003. But that stuff is ridiculous. Gotta be a hang on the wall piece of art, as that is not a playable bass, IMHO.
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  12. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    I wouldn't call this steam punk, perhaps Industrial Goth. IDK, I like what he did with it and how he did it.

  13. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    It's a matter of taste, but the is
    You see, that second one works because all the little embellishments at least appear functional. Steampunk aesthetic is about re-imagining what a technology might look like had it been developed at a different point in time or in a different part of the world - it's not just throwing decorative gears on things that already exist.

    Electric basses are already kind of steampunky if you imagine first seeing them as a replacement for a Double Bass. The Soviets also kind of already nailed the steampunk guitar look:
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  14. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
    It's poorly executed.
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  15. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
  16. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    The second example from @MonetBass is pretty well done. The one in the OP is... not.
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  17. megarat

    megarat (Not My Real Name) Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Squirt Island, USA
    An “eye-catching instrument” indeed.
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  18. HardNHeavy


    Apr 17, 2014
    Milford, PA
    lol not my cup of bourbon, but creative..It would literally "shred" some body parts. Would fit some weird themed industrial/pop/metal band maybe.

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  19. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    If the Humongous played bass in the wasteland
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