The forces of evil have combined: Guitar Bass

"A little over a year ago I started having ideas for a new instrument...one that would combine a four string bass with a six string guitar. I played both the guitar and bass, and some of the musical ideas I heard in my head required both instruments to be played at the same time. I struggled to recreate these sounds using my six string bass, to no avail..."

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I think I managed to upset this fellow when I wrote on my blog: "...just another variation on the "tap guitar" concept, and nothing new at all really."

I received a comment saying:

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Honestly. Does it look like just another version of a tap guitar??? It seems like people always have to equate something new to something they already know. Why is that? Anyway, that would be a great statement, if I actually tapped on it. I probably will eventually, but that's just not the sound I had in my head when I invented the thing. Thanks for your interest, however misplaced.

So, if he doesn't tap it, Chapman-stick style, how the hell does he play it? I'm intrigued.

Mustard mitt, I assumed it was another tapper and, but for the lateness of the hour, was going to post as such (and presumably get it in the neck, if you'll pardon the pun). Apart from occasionally being able to add a root note, I can't see how to do it either. Without wishing to sound churlish, I think "invented" is stretching it a bit .

I can't find any footage on Google Video or YouTube.

Just saw the 'Guitar Phone' on your site GL. A Japanese band will no doubt emerge with an all mobile orchestra very, very soon. Or has that already happened?

I thought the Japanese had more taste than that, Mike.

Back to the guitarbass... The guy's got a MySpace website thing. You should see some of the comments people are leaving about his "invention":

"You should sell those. You would make a fortune."

"this is the awesomest/sickest most radical thing i've seen in a hell of a long time. nice work dude."

"That is the sex. Have you figured out how to play it yet?"

"that is quite possibly the most amazing/radical thing i have ever seen"

Michael wrote:
"I played both the guitar and bass, and some of the musical ideas I heard in my head required both instruments to be played at the same time. I struggled to recreate these sounds using my six string bass, to no avail..."

The same time!...what like in a band...thats some crazy s***

I had the very same problem once, my humble low-tech solution was to start playing with other people though, damn, missed out on a fortune there...

That is myspace your talking about but... where the aim is to get as many friends as possible even if it means ass kissing every man and his dog, or in this case guitar bass.

I could set up a myspace profile of me and my toilet roll bass and people would say its the viagra of the music industry - yet none of them will buy it.

Never trust anyone who has a guitar with 8 knobs, 4 switches, 4 pickups, 10 strings, and likes to be pictured wearing a well dodgy pair of Tesco 'Value' Jeans and who appears to be, but surely to god cant, be wearing a pair of early 80's Electric Blue glasses.
Also there appears to be a number 3 on the headstock, what happened to guitar 1 and 2? maybe Michael Angelo bought them??

I'd love to see him playing both at once.

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That is myspace your talking about but... where the aim is to get as many friends as possible even if it means ass kissing every man and his dog, or in this case guitar bass.

Did I mention I had a Myspace profile!!! I'm 1 of 103,000 people with the display name 'Tim', scary!

http://www.myspace.com/22874099 If anyone does the Myspace thing. What was that about desperately grovelling for friends!!!

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