Weird Bass on Craigslist!! What the HECK?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LuckyCondlins, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    Nah, I'm sure it's a common production model of some kind...
  2. It looks awesomely weird. if its close to you, you should go check it out.
  3. mulletpbass


    Oct 21, 2008
    can't stop laughing
  4. guizzy


    Nov 17, 2008
    If I were close, I'd buy that in a heartbeat if only for the novelty! One-man rhythm section!
  5. Its close to me.

    It would be funny to break that out and do a little solo with it haha
  6. RED5


    Jan 14, 2008
    Suffolk County,NY
    Oddly enough? I've seen that before. Some kinda Shriners parade contraption, or a Mardi Gras thing..can't put my finger on it though
  7. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I'm not sure what you call it, but I saw a vocal group that used one once. It's pretty much a percussion instrument.
  8. Yeah, I've seen variations on this theme. Not sure the intended function, but you might try posting in the DB side.
  9. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Methinks that's part of the new Fender Road Worn line.
  10. So, I am guessing that some person just made this right?

    No company back in the day decided to make a 1 man percussion bass I assume?

    May sound like a stupid question, but I am just curious.

    Also, he says its at least 50+ years old.

    I emailed him, and if he says its fully functional I may just offer him a little less than 100 bucks and pick it up for the hell of it
  11. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    I used to see the hari krishna guys with those in Boulder all the time.
  12. i saw that too, i've seen one in a parade line before, no idea what the hell it is though.
  13. pendergasta

    pendergasta .- .- .-. --- -. / .--. . -. -.. . .-. --. .- ...

    Jan 7, 2008
    North Carolina

    But for the OP, I'd buy that in a heartbeat. That's a little piece of music history.
  14. hentor


    Jan 2, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    Looks like a stump fiddle to me, which is an old-time percussion instrument used to accompany voice or play along to a recorded track or generally annoy patrons...

    Also called a boom-ba.

    Usually has a rubber or padded foot to thump into the ground, a drum or drumlike object that often has a string stretched over it, various bells, horns, ratchets, etc. Essentially anything that can be screwed or glued to a broomhandle.

    It is usually thumped onto the ground (for the bass note, often higlighted by whatever jingles or rattles) and then the string (or sometimes spring(s)) is/are played with a stick, much like a berimbau.

    I've seen similar contraptions used in several "kitchen-party" or "ceilidgh" events where a drumset isn't practical. The singer in one of my groups, which plays old-timey and folk music uses gets a lot of comments from the young-uns and the old timers who remember seeing said contraptions.
  15. mulletpbass


    Oct 21, 2008
    the one with devil's head ?
  16. It looks like heavy duty drugs have been popular with a wider segment of the musician population than I ever thought.
  17. I dub it "the awesome stick". Buy it. It's awesome.
  18. Swerve


    Nov 22, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Man you should so buy that if its even slightly functional. Offer him 75$ for it.
    Once you purchase it, make that devil head your avatar and post sound clips!
  19. stvbird


    Dec 5, 2008
    At least he is honest and says "Your guess is as good as mine" :eyebrow: