Doner Designs, maker of custom theme guitars for charity fundraising, has begun the sale process for its recently completed time machine bass guitar. Inspired by the Back to the Future movie series, the bass has been listed for sale on eBay for Charity with 100% of the net proceeds to be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Founder Steve Doner said that the sale will likely occur in stages beginning with a fixed price listing then proceeding through a series of auctions with reserves gradually decreasing until the bass is sold. Doner said he’s willing to let the sale process run for up to a year if necessary to maximize proceeds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
While unsure how much collectors might be willing to pay for the musical art piece, Doner hopes to find a wealthy supporter of the Parkinson’s cause who is also a musician and fan of the time travel entertainment genre. Doner believes that finding the right donor/buyer could lead to a donation/sale of $10,000 or more.
The time machine bass features flashing lights, a selectable destination year display, and a device resembling a flux capacitor. While not designed to be a practical instrument for routine use, the bass sounds and plays like other premium electric bass guitars. High quality components were used throughout, including a Warmoth body and neck, Nordstrand pickup, Audere preamp, Babicz bridge and Hipshot tuning machines.
Eager to get back to guitar building, the father and son team have begun work on a double-neck guitar/bass combination inspired by the flamethrower guitar in the Mad Max Fury Road film. According to Doner the favorable response toward the time machine bass is what led them to consider another movie-inspired theme for their next project.
Chicago-based Doner Designs is operated by Steve Doner and his son Richard as a part-time philanthropic hobby. In their day jobs, Steve works in corporate finance and Richard is an electrical engineer.
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