Bite Guitars Unveils Bass Inspired by Bruegel Masterpiece

Bite takes their latest inspiration from a masterpiece painting from 1565

Bite Guitars Unveils Bass Inspired by Bruegel Masterpiece

Bite takes their latest inspiration from a masterpiece painting from 1565

Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder probably had many things in mind when painting his Hunters in the Snow in oil on oak wood in 1565. This masterpiece tells plenty of little stories about winterly pastimes and precarious livlihoods in the Early Modern Age. What Bruegel presumably did not have in mind was that this painting would, several centuries later, become one of the most popular ones in fine arts globally, displayed in permanent exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna. The painting’s popularity was lately taken to a different level as it was replicated by hand to design an exclusive BITE bass.

An international art collector and bass player who regularly visits Vienna to immerse himself in the wonderworld of Kunsthistorisches’ Bruegel Hall asked BITE to replicate the painting on a bass body. BITE Guitars, an Austrian premium manufacturer exporting most of their basses to the US, has become renowned for colorful artwork basses, offering a range of manual and digital techniques. The firm’s art director Peter, a trained scenic painter of Oscar and Palme d’Or rank, is specialized in photo-realistic reproductions. He also painted the bass for Robbie Williams’ 2023 world tour by faithfully replicating Robbie’s own stage design onto the tour bass.

Peter copied the Bruegel motif onto the bass body in minute detail, little twigs even by one-hair-brush. Positioning the rectangular image section on the body shape proved to be a special challege that he met by repositioning little elements, a bird here, a horse and cart there.

It all came together in a memorable video shooting in front of the original painting in the Museum’s Bruegel Hall: venerable fine arts, premium handicraft and groovy jazz tunes.

What’s the conclusion of BITE’s client, our Vienna, art and bass lover? “It’s a magical bass! When I touch the strings, I feel warm inside.”

Specs highlights:

Bass model: BITE Evening Star, the proprietary BITE premium model with inward curved horns

Pickups: 2 x BITE 1000 millivolt passive split-coils (PP)

Neck: roasted maple neck and roasted flamed maple fretboard

Price tag incl. insured door-to-door express shipping:

New York: 4726 USD

London: 3645 GBP

Berlin: 4965 EUR

Full specs: https://bite.guitars/old-master-bass/

Bruegel Hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: https://www.khm.at/en/visit/collections/picture-gallery/the-best-of-bruegel-only-in-vienna/

Bass Magazine   By: Bass Magazine