the Schmill-Glurmo connection...?
here's a picture of a handmade bass that Malia
sent me last night. to my surprise the creator of this bass is
Matt Schmill, the same Matt Schmill who produces one of my favorite
bass-related websites - the Bass Gear Review Page (please
go check it out sometime at http://www-eksl.cs.umass.edu/~schmill/bass-rev.html).
he has lots of fancy handmade basses of his own
creation on his site. the 'organic' (and slightly bizarre) carving
featured on these basses may be a bit of an acquired taste, but
i'm glad someone is offering an alternative to the cookie-cutter,
machine-perfect, template-determined basses that absolutely dominate
the market nowadays. you know, at first i couldn't shake the feeling
that i had seen this design before...until i showed this to my
friend Nancy, and she put her finger on it right away. it's Glurmo,
the Slurm-producing slug/alien from Futurama! Do you see the
how about now?
T.F.A. (Truly Functional Art),
from Paris no less.
here's another bass being auctioned at ebay (minimum
bid of $3800):
"BUILT IN PARIS CIRCA 1981/82 UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF LUTHIER
JAMES TRUSSART,THIS ALL COMPOSITE HEADLESS INSTRUMENT IN ONE
OF APPROXIMATLY 100 EVER BUILT,THE "VLINE" BASS FEATURES
SINGLE PIECE MOLDED COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTION,(NECK HAS A TRUSS
ROD),HEADLESS DESIGN USES STEINBERGER STYLE BARREL TUNERS FOR
HIGHEST TUNNING ACCURACY (600 RATIO),DOES NOT USE DOUBLE BALL
END STRINGS ,HEADSTOCK FEATURES A MERMAIDS TAIL AND DERIER(BUTT),ELECTRONICS
ARE 2 PASSIVE HYPERDYNAMIC ALNICO WINDINGS MOLDED INTO THE INSTRUMENT
(THERE IS A SMALL WIRING CAVITY )FEATURING SINGLE TONE AND SINGLE
VOLUME CONTROLS AS WELL AS A 3 POSITION SWITCH ...THIS BASS SOUNDS
LIKE NOTHING ELSE !....LIKE A RICKENBACKER OR JAZZ BASS ON STEROIDS
PHERHAPS..ONCE SLATED FOR MARKET PRODUCTION ,IT DIDNT HAPPEN
.THESE WILL NEVER BE MADE AGAIN ,BUYER GETS THE FULL STORY ON
THIS UNIQUE INSTRUMENT ...THE BASS IS IN FINE PLAYING SHAPE ,THERE
ARE 2 DINGS IN THE FINISH ,BOTH NEGLIGABLE IN THE BIG PICTURE...TRULY
hmm...what to say...there's quite a bit that
comes to mind, none of it 'nice' though. i'm sure there's SOMEONE
out there that's totally turned on by this bass/thing, but me,
when i look at it, i just want to ride it around like a bicycle.
or something. whatevers.
p.s. i'm curious - does anyone know where this "jazz bass
on steroids" phrase first originated? i've seen it used
by quite a few people lately. i'm wondering why it's being appropriated
by so many people - i'm assuming it somehow resonates with the
bass-public, but i can't quite figure out why. how about "jazz
bass on estrogen" - would that also be appealing?