Time Machine Bass



This bass was sold in early 2020 and 100% proceeds were donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (a natural fit because of the Back to the Future movies). Specifications, videos and photos of the bass are included below. Although the bass was very much inspired by the BTTF films, there are no direct references to the films or Delorean in any of the materials or on the bass itself. We even changed the 1.21 gigawatt warning on the back to say 1.22 gigawatts. We would love to be able to call it the Back to the Future bass, but out of respect for copyrights, trademarks, etc we simply call it the time machine bass.

This 3 minute video with Steve & Richard Doner on WGN TV covers the time machine bass and goes a little beyond that.

WGN TV News after Time Machine Sale


The bass was purchased by Arend Raby in May 2020. He works at Sweetwater, so we completed the transaction there.
 
  

Arend recorded this short video the evening after picking up the bass.

Time Machine Tap Dance



Billy Sheehan, perhaps the best rock bass player of all time, was gracious enough to do a quick demo of the Time Machine Bass at Sweetwater's Gearfest in 2019.

Billy Sheehan Plays the Time Machine Bass


Those unfamiliar with Billy Sheehan can see him in action in this music video of the Winery Dogs Song entitled Time Machine which contains a great bass solo.

The song came out before our bass did, but we suppose it's possible that Billy traveled through time to name the song after the bass.

Time Machine by the Winery Dogs


The photos below start with the early brainstorming stages and continue through the present. 

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

GearFest Compilation with Billy Sheehan


GearFest Compilation 2


Flux Demo 2


Flux Capacitor Fluxing


Destination Year Change


First Playing Test after Completion


In Process Slideshow and Photos

Time Machine Concept to Completion to Demos



  

  
  
  
  
  

  

  
   

How to Use the Controls and How to Change & Charge Batteries

Time Machine Controls Explained


Charging the Main Battery


Changing the 9 Volt Preamp Battery



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



Additional photos of the time machine bass, both before and after completion, are available on our Facebook page and these Talkbass threads as well as on Instagram and Twitter.



Links to articles and interviews about Doner Designs with an emphasis on the time machine bass include:



General Interest News




Music Industry

https://www.guitarworld.com/news/great-scott-meet-the-time-machine-a-breathtakingly-detailed-back-to-the-future-themed-bass

https://guitar.com/news/gear-news/doner-designs-time-machine-bass/

https://www.gearnews.com/great-scott-a-bass-to-take-you-back-to-the-future/

https://www.promusic.news/bass/a-futuristic-time-machine-bass-has-been-sold-in-support-of-the-michael-j-fox-foundation-for-parkinsons-research

https://bassmagazine.com/gear/-doner-designs-completes-charity-sale-of-time-machine-bass

https://www.bassgearmag.com/doner-designs-completes-charity-sale-of-time-machine-bass-guitar/

https://www.notreble.com/buzz/2019/01/07/bass-of-the-week-doner-designs-time-machine-bass/

https://www.bestbassgear.com/ebass/bass-of-the-week/bass-of-the-week-doner-designs-time-machine-bass.html

https://bassmagazine.com/gear/donner-designs-time-machine-bass-sale-to-benefit-parkinsons-research

https://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2019/01/doner-designs-completes-custom-time-machine-bass-guitar-for-charity-sale/

https://www.bassgearmag.com/doner-designs-completes-custom-time-machine-bass-guitar-for-charity-sale/

https://nordstrandaudio.com/blogs/builders/builder-profile-doner-designs

Entertainment/Other

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/artists-create-custom-back-to-the-future-themed-guitar

https://laughingsquid.com/back-to-the-future-time-machine-bass/

https://nerdist.com/article/back-to-the-future-bass-guitar/

http://www.dirtfork.com/this-is-heavy-delorean-inspired-bass-sold-in-support-of-the-michael-j-fox-foundation/

https://www.superpunch.net/2020/06/bass-guitar-with-built-in-back-to.html

https://coolmaterial.com/media/movies/back-to-the-future-time-machine-bass/https://www.borninspace.com/category/art/

https://technabob.com/blog/2020/06/17/bttf-time-machine-bass-guitar/

https://www.neatorama.com/2020/06/14/i-Back-to-the-Future-i-Bass-Guitar/

https://www.reddit.com/r/UnusualInstruments/comments/hbeu8k/doner_designs_time_machine_bass_first_playing_test/


From Around the World - Non-English Articles

https://www.gearnews.es/bien-hecho-scott-un-bajo-para-llevarte-de-vuelta-al-futuro/

https://www.gearnews.de/time-machine-bass-doner-designs-zurueck-in-die-zukunft/

https://stereo.ru/news/doner-time-machine-bass-guitar-sold-for-charity



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