Time Machine Bass

**This page will be updated with auction information and other key updates when available.**

Work on our Time Machine theme bass guitar started at the end of 2014 and was completed at the end of 2018.  We are fans of the Back to the Future films, but our intent was to make this an original work inspired by a variety of time machine books and movies from over the years.  The photos below start with the early brainstorming stages and continue through the present. For the most current information and photos, look at our Facebook page.
The bass will be donated to a large national charity along the lines of those we have donated to in the past.  Our intention is for sale proceeds to go to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation (a natural fit because of the BttF movies), but we have not yet made a binding commitment. We will announce on Facebook and here once a decision is made and a sale process begins.

Draft specifications/information sheet is attached at the bottom of this page along with any press releases specific to this bass. Owners manual will be posted here as well but we have to write it first. The professional photos are now done and we hope to have some better videos available soon. The videos below were quick and dirty spontaneous iphone captures just to have something to start with.

Recent articles about the time machine bass include the following:

Professional Photography, Courtesy of Sweetwater Sound



We used the images below to make posters. Feel free to copy but please credit Doner Designs.


Demo Videos (more and better videos to follow later)

Flux Demo 2

Flux Capacitor Fluxing

Destination Year Change

First Playing Test after Completion

In Process Photos





Why did we choose the distinctive Iceman bass body shape?

To paraphrase Doc Brown, we figured if you're going to build a time machine into a guitar, why not do it with some style?  :-)

YouTube Video

A few time machines from the movies that we looked at for inspiration:


Steve Doner,
Jan 4, 2019, 12:09 PM
Steve Doner,
Jan 7, 2019, 11:15 AM