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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Need Gigs, May 14, 2021.
How about that?
Steampunk Electric Jazz Bass
That's... Something! I'm not into steampunk stuff but to each their own. I'm sure someone into that vibe will love it!
It's overdone, IMO. I could dig something more subtle, like this:
steampunk= garbage man's dream...lol
Either of those would absolutely rip my forearm to pieces while playing. Yuck.
Everyone likes different stuff, and that’s what makes us awesome.
Another perfectly good bass ruined.
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.
The example in the link offers both neck dive and butt dive, and would be suitable for playing in dive bars.
The thing is... good steampunk should have a sense of style AND function... from another age. Not just random junk jammed into a space.
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.
I wouldn't call this steam punk, perhaps Industrial Goth. IDK, I like what he did with it and how he did it.
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:
It's poorly executed.
The second example from @MonetBass is pretty well done. The one in the OP is... not.
An “eye-catching instrument” indeed.
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.
If the Humongous played bass in the wasteland
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