Specimen musical instruments

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Herm, Dec 24, 2002.

  1. Anyone ever hear of this brand? It's a Chicago sculptor - turned luthier, calling his company Specimen. He makes his instruments out of aluminum and phenolic, and stuff. One model of guitar has a body made from a piece of 2 x 12 construction lumber.

    The aluminum bass...


    He has a tele and a j bass that sell for $2,800 and $2,875, respectively.

    I live about 40 miles away from his shop, with traffic nightmares o' plenty (I hate Chicago expressways), but next time I travel into the city, I'm going to stop by and try one out. I'm really interested if he can make an aluminum instrument sound like anything decent.

  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    ohhh yeah. That name does ring a bell or two.

    He had an ad a while back in Vintage Guitar magazine for his "Horn Amp"...


    All Aluminum bass eh? Is that solid Al? (weight)
  3. I don't think so, but ya just never know.

    That's one Freaky lookin' amp
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Is it just an aluminium top?
  5. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Q. What's a specimen?
    A. An Italian astronaut. :rolleyes: :p

    "Bolt-together aluminum body"... interesting. I assume it's hollow.