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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:

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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 )
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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
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:iconartyom2013:
artyom2013 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
:icondatassplz: Dat bass
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:iconbilliannbravin:
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. :)
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piercedsalvage Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
O_O omg...
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:iconboostcadet:
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 crazzyass@hotmail.com that would be much appreciated.
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:iconemptysamurai:
emptysamurai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Artist
pretty nifty!
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:iconaloharr:
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...
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:iconjapanesewaffle:
JapaneseWaffle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is like a steam punk bass guitar!
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:icona-spirit-of-roses:
A-Spirit-of-Roses Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fricken' sweet. This thing is just kick-ass.
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:iconjjoeyy-bbluee:
JJoeyy-BBluee Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Wicked Bass :+favlove:
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:iconsquarezer0:
SquareZer0 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Someday, when I'm rich and famous and my band has made it big, I'm going to commission you, and it'll be awesome.

This is amazing!
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:iconkpqj:
kpqj Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
So epic! :D
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:iconroutsubasa:
Routsubasa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
I'm not sure how I feel.... It's so awesome but... how well can it really play??? I was more worried the tentacles might get in the way of playing. Is there a video somewhere of it being played? that would be so amazing... It's a stellar look!
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:iconcorruptedcross:
Corruptedcross Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
holy....
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:iconcujotai:
cujotai Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Clockwork Lovecraftian. That's so amazing.
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:iconleoma1985:
leoma1985 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
DUDE!!! THAT'S FLIPPIN AWESOME!!!!!

I am always impressed with people who build custom guitars, but this takes the cake!!! Does it have a different sound with all that metal up on it?
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:iconsemhsp:
SemHSP Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Love it!
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:iconhagenoftheironarm:
Hagenoftheironarm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
THAT.... IS THE MOST INSANE BASS I HAVE SEEEN!!! O.O
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:iconreshka:
Reshka Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
O_O_O_O
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:iconmk-d:
MK-D Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG THIS IS AMAZING TRULY!
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:iconfanboy137:
Fanboy137 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010   Photographer
That looks badass, but if a person could actually play it, well that would be even more badass!!! :P
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:iconpitrulez:
pitrulez Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
this is amazing. how much did the lucky guy who got to keep this have to pay?
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:iconale-jandro:
ale-jandro Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
looks like a waterpipe attached to it on the right side:D really cool
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:iconiamthesquishy:
IAmTheSquishy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
I love this! I don't know why I didn't favourite it first time I saw it... but I've faved it now so it's ok :D
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:iconmychemicalromance967:
mychemicalromance967 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010   Photographer
OMG
can you make another on commission?!?! and how much would it be?!
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:iconsorenobsessedfreak:
Sorenobsessedfreak Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sick awesome dude ... sick awesome
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:iconfedechiccaaa:
fedechiccaaa Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This in AMAZING!!!!!!
I only wonder how the owner could play on the 9 and 10 fret :D
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:iconchameleongalaxy:
chameleongalaxy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg that is gorgeous!!! i know my guy would kill for that bass!! <3 Havi
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hmmm... can I choose who he kills?

=D
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:iconcnileone:
cnileone Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
How does it sound? Do you get any rattling or anything from all the contraptions on it?
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
nope. sounds great!
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:iconrabbitsdenstudio:
RabbitsDenStudio Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
You are a true master! Your work is a delight to see.
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
thank you very much!
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:iconmissyangel:
Missyangel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
OMG this is amazing!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional
Bravo! Bravo!
As an aficionado of ORGANIC DESIGN I applaud this work Porkshanks.
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:iconkatdesignstudio:
katdesignstudio Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Hello friend! Your beautiful work has been featured here. Enjoy your day!
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:iconsplend:
Splend Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
This is an object of pure beauty :)
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:iconlunaselenium:
LunaSelenium Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009   Digital Artist
kiaaa sugoi!! sugoi desu!!!

This is love!!
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TheCatsCanary Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
I showed this to my brother, who plays bass as well as guitar and sitar, and he was absolutely floored. As was I. The fact that such an amazing piece of art can also be used to create music is nearly overwhelming.

The first thing I thought of when I saw this was Cthulhu, but at the same time, it isn't obviously a particular entity, so I believe you achieved the look you were going for. Particularly since it could just as easily be related to the giant squid from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Overall, I'm just totally wowed. Especially since you say the tentacles are poseable?! That's so cool!
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absenthtemptation Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
OMG!!!:slow::shocked:
:hug:
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:hug:
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DaggertailDragon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
I just fav it without talking to much because I don't even know what to say. I want this kind of guitar so badly..
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:iconbadhospitality:
BadHospitality Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009   Photographer
isnt that a carl thompson bass?
cuz the headstuck look like it
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:iconporkshanks:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think you are correct about that!
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:icongoblinhill:
GoblinHill Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Molly, you never fail to inspire.
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:iconlilithscream:
LilithScream Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hot damn you did a great job on this! :)
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:iconphantasm-d-lagosa:
Phantasm-D-Lagosa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yes, I could see the elder gods rocking out with this. :D

Very cool work, and quite a unique design! I like it!
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:iconbrynacha:
Brynacha Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I...don't...have words...too much...awesome...
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:iconmoredragons:
moredragons Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
freaking great piece. love IT doesn't even start.
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Septs-Shadow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
This is one of the most fanstacimacal (whatever THAT means..but be sure it's good) creations I have ever seen.
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:iconarchisilver:
ArchiSilver Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
By far the coolest guitar I have ever seen.
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