Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Left-handed Kramer Ferrington acoustic bass from 1987

I'm always on the lookout for interesting guitars and basses for our left-handed friends, and reckon that this 1987 Kramer Ferrington acoustic bass isn't something that you see every day, let alone find as a left-handed model. These "electric-shaped" double-cutaway acoustics were designed by Nashville luthier Danny Ferrington, who in the early 1980s had been creating similar one-off designs for himself and a whole bunch of celebrities, before his designs were snapped up and put into mass production by Kramer thus giving Ferrington his 15 minutes of fame.

Well, I say "mass production" but according to our eBay seller here, this left-handed example of a Kramer Ferrington Bass is one of only two known to have been made. It is currently being auctioned sale on eBay with a very low starting price - it'll be interesting to see what it fetches when the auction finishes on the 27th of this month.

G L Wilson

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  1. The seller downplays the damage as "it wouldn't cost much to fix". The buyer better factor in the cost of repair, because it won't be cheap.

    1. Or the multitudes of Craigslist sellers fave phrase "But that's an easy fix!". Really? Guitars not as complex as cars but typically if it were that 'easy' it would have been DONE by now and you'd be enjoying, not selling it.

      I'm not even that picky and it's usually no problem for me to identify the issues beyond 'cosmetic'. Venturing into the used amp arena, infinitely trickier.

      Ferrington was an inventive builder and this would be on his more conventional side. One he'd built for Ry Cooder had offset frets that looked like something only Ry could play. Overall I like his designs but what's more incredible is how quickly he penetrated the celeb market! A pace more normally reserved for leggy blondes...

  2. I have one of these - the right handed version - tis the best acoustic bass I've ever held.
    Tho - I will say this, the OHSC is the size of a childs coffin, and won't fit into most cars...you better have a truck if you're taking this thing anywhere...



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