Monthly Archives: October 2008

More on bass guitars

“The Ritter Royal Flora Aurum… has a body carved from a rare, solid piece of maple while the nut is carved from 10,000-year-old mammoth ivory. The fingerboard is decorated with a floral inlay pattern made of 24-karat gold. There’s even a black diamond set in platinum decorating each leaf. Even the bridge, tuner buttons and knobs are cast in gold. The knobs on this luxurious bass hold an additional embellishment—they’re both topped with brilliant-cut diamonds (3.3 carats total).” This description is from here. Also view the photo at the link.

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Hitting rock bottom

This may be rock bottom but for what he’s working with it’s not half bad. Here’s his website. By the way this video, as seen on Youtube, has had well over 928, 000 views so far. Amazing.

Update: Would you believe this guy’s video is now up to almost 1, 438,000 views?

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Let’s hear it for the Peter Gunn Theme

Dave Allan (you know–Dave Allan and The Arrows) playing Peter Gunn:

Here’s Duane Eddy with the theme:

Here’s a very electric version in half-time by Roy Buchanan (Back in the late eighties Roy had been arrested for public intoxication, and later found hanged in his cell by a noose formed out of his shirt). Read about Buchanan at the Fender Players Club:

Here’s the original below by Henry Mancini:

I’m going to try and do an arrangement of this for classical guitar if I get time. I’ll post it later.

Last but not least, here’s the Betty Page version (she’s the one pushing long hair out of her eyes).  Hey, did you know Betty Page was once a Christian missionary? As far as I know Ms Page did not play guitar.

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Amazing what you can do with a bass guitar with only four strings

Amazing what you can do on a four-string bass with only one arm:

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Would you believe…an eleven string bass?

This is Jean Baudin, playing the “Super Mario Bros theme” on an eleven-string bass. Can you imagine the tension on that thing? I wouldn’t want to be around when that neck goes thermo nuclear.

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Guitar with outboard motor

Singer-songwriter Josh Pyke plays his guitar in Sydney Harbor…by the way, Lenny Kravitz did the same thing in 1990. Read story here.

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Guitar faces

For what it’s worth–These are some photos of faces of people playing guitar (why do so many guitarists look like they’re in severe pain when they play?).

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