TODAY'S FIVE COOL THINGS IS A RANDOM MIX OF STUFF.
THING ONE (above) - I just got a brand new Banana Bass by Steve Wishnevsky of Wishbass. This freakish monstrosity of boom features a thin plywood body, a harp guitar style upper horn and a fretless neck. He keeps the bracing to a minimum for the loudest tone possible. Selling for just $300, it's affordable to anyone who wants a completely unique acoustic bass tone for recording. Find his stuff on eBay here.
THING TWO - Throwback Thursday and my 1966 Domino Californian guitar
As I was preparing this blog and gathering photos, I found this old shot taken around 1994. I was doing some recording with a 1966 Domino Californian, a strange Japanese guitar based on a Vox Phantom. The instrument delivered some killer Hound Dog Taylor tones when screaming through a tube amp. I miss that guitar. (I kinda miss the hair, too!)
THING THREE - The Giant Fez table
This giant sheet metal fez was used as a car topper in parades for the Zafar String Band of Williamsport, PA. I filmed a quick video a while back where I talked about my plans to repurpose it. Well, it's finished. I simply went to a thrift store and bought a glass top table, threw the bottom table part away and set up the fez as my own custom end table.
THING FOUR - Songwriter's Challenge idea for open mics
I ran a weekly open mic for over 3 years, from 2008-2012. During that time, I implemented a songwriter's challenge, encouraging the participants to write their own music. Each week, I would give a theme. If somebody returned the next week with even the beginnings of a new song based on the theme, they were entered in a drawing to win one of my cigar box guitars. If you run an open mic, this is a great thing to try.
THING FIVE - 1892 Autoharp by CF Zimmermann
Just added to my collection this week: an original CF Zimmermann autoharp, dated the year of its invention, 1892. I hope to restore it to playable condition soon.