The most expensive bass guitar
This is the ‘Flora Aurum’ by German luthier, Jens Ritter. He is already quite well known for creating high end, boutique instruments for – well, how shall I put it? – stinking rich bass players. His instruments normally sell for between £3,000 and £10,000, but this one completely takes the biscuit having been valued at $250,000!
How come it gets to be the most expensive bass guitar in the world? The face of the bass bears a floral pattern fingerboard developed using 24 carat gold, and every single inlay-leaf comes decked with a black diamond (set in platinum). Its bridge, tuner buttons and the knobs come layered with gold. Two of its knobs positioned at the apex flaunt two flawless brillant-cut diamonds. To top it all, the nut is finished using 10,000 year-old mammoth ivory. (Cunning use of ivory without endangering a species there!)
This is quite old news I have to admit and I’ve only just come across it. The guitar was made in 2007 and there is an interview with its creator to be found at bassplayer.com.
Asked why he wanted to create the instrument, Jens Ritter says:
“I wanted to do something special for my tenth anniversary, and I had a customer who wanted me to build the most expensive bass of all time. It’s not just an instrument; it’s a statement, a symbol of the development of the bass guitar. Twenty years ago bass was always in the background—the second choice to play after guitar. But in an interesting development, more and more people are in front playing bass guitar, and bass players are becoming more self-confident. Similarly, more development is happening in bass design than with guitar.”