Friday, December 28, 2012


This bizarre and somewhat unique instrument from 1984 features a minimalist body with headless maple neck,  tail tuning machines,  and a sliding pickup.  Of course this design (obviously influenced by early Steinberger models) came as something of a shock to players brought up on the Fender bass design ethic.  Tone is controlled  by sliding the pickup up and down the two rails that comprise most of the body.  Players probably found its lack of mass a bit disconcerting as well,  given the weight associated with most basses. The body resonance factor was as nonexistent as the "body". It didn't sell much,  but is certainly more than a curiosity.

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