Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gene Simmons & Eric Carr's Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexi Bass | Photo Credit: Martin Soria

Here's a photo of an Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexi Bass that Gene Simmons gave to KISS drummer Eric Carr. Eric used the bass to write music with, to present to the band, in hope that they would use his material for a new KISS album.

This Bass now hangs on the wall at the Hard Rock Cafe in Miami at Bayside Marketplace in Miami, FL.

Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexi Bass History:

In 1969 Dan Armstrong-designed and -built "see-through" Ampeg guitars and basses (aka "Plexi", "Lucite" or "crystal" named after various brand names of acrylic glass). The guitars incorporated snap-in replaceable pickups to change the sound, and the short-scale basses used two stacked coils with a pan pot to gain a very wide range of tones. The transparent lucite bodies were Armstrong's original idea and contributed to incredibly long sustain but were very heavy. Ampeg's production of the "see-through" instruments ended in 1971 due to financial disagreements between Armstrong and Ampeg over amplifier designs.