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April 9, 2009
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The Elder Bass Guitar by porkshanks The Elder Bass Guitar by porkshanks
This is a commission for Benjamin Ensor of the band Mungus:


Its been such a pleasure working him on this project. He asked me to create a Jules Verne inspired clockwork Lovecraftian beast... and other than that for a theme, he gave me permission to do whatever I wanted... so here it is, 16 inch tentacles and all! XD

not sure what else to say... oh yeah, before anyone freaks out about it, the tentacles don't interfere with the strings, I just posed them there for these pictures. The metal work also isn't as heavy as it looks.
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Given 2009-04-30
The Elder Bass Guitar by *porkshanks. The suggester wrote, "We have seen many mods or global guitar or bass guitar modification, but this really is a masterpiece. The materials used, all the fine details, and the overall shape are just perfect. I'd give much to be able to play on such a unique bass guitar!" ( Suggested by NEOkeitaro and Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
If I have seen many guitar and bass guitar modification, rarely was I struck by such a fine design and execution.
I am amazed by all the wonderful details you put on this, the perfect use of tones and shapes, giving the bass not only a steampunk/lovercraft feel, but overall a masterpiece of craftsmanship.
If the perfect execution was not enough, the whole concept (ha, the tentacles!) shows a great artistic vision, and I am sure when the bass player will use this on stage, everyone will be mesmerized by his instrument!
I would be glad and proud to play on such instrument :)
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One word would be Phenomenal
but phenomenal doesn't tell you that I've spent quiet along time pouring over the fine detail and artisan craft in this work of art. With such a small yet defining "description" to work with, your depth of imagination has created a timeless piece with this bass. You may be glad to hear that before I even read your image description, Jules Verne was already on my mind.
I'm well aware that precise measurements and placement of the instruments working pieces are required for this to be able to actually play music and I'm quiet awed that you've been able to include so much art on this without taking away it's functionality. When I imagine how the bass player responded to this, it gives me chills. Honestly.
Lastly, I also feel you've done an amazing job with the photography/setup of the photos. Hope to see more soon!
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Kelsterperson1 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist
I am speechless....That is simply amazing. I have no other words to describe it O_O
artyom2013 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
:icondatassplz: Dat bass
BilliAnnBravin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love it! I mean, as a bass player and a fan of both Lovecraft and Verne, how could it not. Steampunk was the first thing that came to my mind on first seeing it . . . but with tentacles. Too wild. :)
piercedsalvage Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
O_O omg...
BoostCadet Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Hi Molly, Im wondering if I could obtain a list of people that you have given the rights for the use of this image(if any). Unfortunately it looks like your great work may have been used in an act of plagiarism for commercial use.

If you could email me your answer to that would be much appreciated.
emptysamurai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Artist
pretty nifty!
Aloharr Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Student General Artist
this is the craziest bass i've ever seen, and i've seen quintuple-body basses...
JapaneseWaffle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is like a steam punk bass guitar!
A-Spirit-of-Roses Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fricken' sweet. This thing is just kick-ass.
JJoeyy-BBluee Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Wicked Bass :+favlove:
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