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Two-Sided Bass Guitar Has Strings on Both Sides of Its Neck —Video

Here's an oddity we spotted over at geargods.net.

It's a two-sided bass, meaning it has strings on both sides of its neck. This two-basses-in-one creature was made by the Germany-based Inspire! Instruments.

In the clip, it's being played (unplugged, sadly) by former Ten Years After bassist Leo Lyons, who was handed the bass in his dressing room, so he—like the rest of us—is meeting the bass for the first time.

As geargods.net puts it, it "seems like it could be handy for the gigging bassist who doesn’t want to haul two basses but needs to play multiple styles."

Thoughts?

The Sunny bass

I was on tour in Germany and Alexander from www.inspire-instruments.de came in the dressing room with this bass he wanted me to try. I've never seen one like it.

Posted by Leo Lyons on Sunday, January 24, 2010

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.