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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by icecycle66, Feb 19, 2014.
Please define what the heck a "coffee table bass" is?
Get the point ?
A term normally used to describe basses with highly figured wood tops, typically clear-coated so that the figuring will be displayed.
I just love coffee tables!
Wow. That seems an incredibly dismissive term for a beautiful option on instruments.
I had wanted to publish a book about them, but Cosmo beat me to it.
Yup. Dismissive - good word.
I appreciate the beauty of both:
I find these instruments to be quite incredible. Others don't quite appreciate the work that goes into them. It's a matter of individual taste.
It has two meanings to me:
1.) Analogous to a 'coffee table book'. Something pretty just to have out for people to see.
2.) A bass made out of expensive woods that look more like they should be used to build a coffee table with than a bass.
One can appreciate the craftsmanship that it takes to make these basses, yet still find them unappealing.
I don't think it's necessarily "dismissive". I think it's just a simple description for a fancy, usually expensive bass with highly figured woods. Saying "I'm not into coffee table basses" is just a easy way to describe without having to go into details.
Absolutely. I think MOST can appreciate the craftsmanship. That doesn't mean they have to like them.
It's actually a good idea for a coffee table, though
Don't forget that there's a subculture here on Talkbass that have coffee table basses, but they look like they came from IKEA.
Which sounds nicer? Coffee table, or Butcher block?
This gives me an idea...I think I'll have a cup of coffee!
Use a tablespoon.
I thought a "coffee table" bass was a bass that you hated and made into a coffee table.....or a lampstand.....or a night-table........something that you want the "50's" furniture look....
Please tell us that was photoshopped!