Buzz: November 2012 - BassPlayer.com

Buzz: November 2012

In an effort to help cover the costs of his two-year-old nephew Matthew’s leukemia treatments, Les Claypool put one of his two Pachyderm basses on Ebay.
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In an effort to help cover the costs of his two-year-old nephew Matthew’s leukemia treatments, Les Claypool put one of his two Pachyderm basses on Ebay. The 32”-scale 4-string, designed by Claypool and built by luthier Dan Maloney, has LED position markers, a Kahler tremolo bar, a custom split EMG pickup, and a single control knob. Bidding started at $900 but quickly rose to a winning bid of $50,599.99. Here’s to Uncle Les’ generosity and to a healthy future for Baby Matthew.

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Lowdown: November 2012

SHEESH. I TAKE THIS EDITORIAL GIG JUST LIKE ANY PLAYING GIG THAT COMES MY WAY— very seriously. Bass Player was there for me when I was a beginning bass player some 20+ years ago, and I owe it to the community at large to do my best to ensure the magazine is of the high quality that we all deserve.