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What are you talking about, "coffee table" bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by icecycle66, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. icecycle66


    Feb 4, 2009
    Please define what the heck a "coffee table bass" is?
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Get the point ?


  3. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    A term normally used to describe basses with highly figured wood tops, typically clear-coated so that the figuring will be displayed.
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  5. I just love coffee tables!
  6. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    Wow. That seems an incredibly dismissive term for a beautiful option on instruments.
  7. Yools


    Jul 24, 2009
    Deepinaharta, TX
    I had wanted to publish a book about them, but Cosmo beat me to it.

  8. Yup. Dismissive - good word.

    I appreciate the beauty of both:



  9. 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.
  10. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    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.
  11. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    One can appreciate the craftsmanship that it takes to make these basses, yet still find them unappealing.
  12. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    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.

    My $.02

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  13. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
    Absolutely. I think MOST can appreciate the craftsmanship. That doesn't mean they have to like them. :)
  14. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    It's actually a good idea for a coffee table, though :)
  15. blowinblue

    blowinblue Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    Don't forget that there's a subculture here on Talkbass that have coffee table basses, but they look like they came from IKEA.

    M. M. :)
  16. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Which sounds nicer? Coffee table, or Butcher block? :smug:

  17. squirefan


    Nov 22, 2009
    Lansing, Ks.
    This gives me an idea...I think I'll have a cup of coffee!
  18. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Use a tablespoon.
  19. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    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....
  20. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Please tell us that was photoshopped!