Thursday, August 03, 2006
Bungee Cord Bass
I love this instrument. Not only do I enjoy how it looks, but I also loved building this one a bit more then any of the others. I think because the idea to begin with started of as a bit of a joke. While on one of our regular retreats in
at the Munce house, we were doing some work around the place as I so love to do. As we were unloading some lumber from the back of the car I hit one of the bungee cords that were holding the trunk shut. Of course I immediately fell in love with the sound. For a few minutes Jeremy and I plucked away working out the “Trunkial” rhythm, as the ladies stood by mildly amused at our ability to be distracted by anything. Knowing full well that Alayna would not allow me to cut the back end of her car I started thinking of replacement ideas. Since none of the replacements were feasible I fell back on my old routine of metal bowls and face plates. The bowl for this body is actually some kind of industrial light fixture I found in a junk shop up by Kitchener/Waterloo area. It has a ceramic coating which gives the body a nice ring. The face plate is an old serving plate I found on our trip out to Huntsville a few years back. The tuning pegs were part of a chair I found on the sweet streets of Parkdale in Alberta Toronto, and the bungee cords were purchased in Saint John New Brunswick, it’s like my own little cross instrument inspired by the Six String Nation guitar. All that aside, it also sounds pretty neat. I think the may even be a few more bungee instruments in the future.