“When they shot smoke, the crowd went wild!”: Dusty Hill’s Hot Rod car bass, custom built by Wayne Charvel for ZZ Top’s Eliminator tour, hides a few secrets beneath the hood – now it’s up for auction

Dusty Hill Wayne Charvel Eliminator Hot Rod car bass
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Dusty Hill, ZZ Top’s iconic bearded bassist, passed away in 2021 and now his estate is selling off a host of his most eye-catching custom builds, including the Hot Rod car bass from the Eliminator tour cycle.

Like the fur-clad Legs bass that we recently covered, the Hot Rod car bass dates back to 1983’s Eliminator album and is listed as part of a sale taking place via Julien’s Auctions. It is expected to fetch an estimated $40,000 to $60,000. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.