Jason Momoa to Auction Les Claypool-stage-played Pachyderm Bass & Carl Thompson Fretless for Charity

A selection of instruments collected on his travels are going up for auction at Julien’s Auctions in its upcoming Music Icons sale

Jason Momoa to Auction Les Claypool-stage-played Pachyderm Bass & Carl Thompson Fretless for Charity

A selection of instruments collected on his travels are going up for auction at Julien’s Auctions in its upcoming Music Icons sale

While he’s primarily known for his larger-than-life roles in movies, actor Jason Momoa has made it known that he is a musician and particularly a bass player. He’s been spotted recently hanging out with Les Claypool, moshing in the pit at Metallica and Pantera shows, praising Tool’s Justin Chancellor as an inspiration, and expanding his collection of upscale basses.

Now the Aquaman star is auctioning some of his prized collection off for charity as a selection of instruments collected on his travels are going up for grabs at Julien’s Auctions in its upcoming Music Icons sale. While there are guitars and movie props in the auction, the basses include a Les Claypool-stage-played Pachyderm model – which has an estimated sell price of $20,000-$40,000 – and a Carl Thompson bass which is expected to sell for between $4,000 and $6,000.

A 2021 Carl Thompson fretless four-string electric bass guitar, serial #72521. Made for and played by Jason Momoa, the film and television star who has appeared in projects such as On the RoamGame of ThronesStargate AtlantisAquamanFast X, and Dune. Jason is also an avid player and collector of guitars and has amassed an impressive collection.

The bass can be seen in the hands of Momoa and Thompson in the luthier’s Brooklyn workshop during the seventh episode of Momoa’s Max show On the Roam. It was built specifically for Momoa to be auctioned off in support of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Picked by Thompson himself, Make-A-Wish fosters hope in the lives of children who live with critical illnesses by granting life-changing wishes.

From one of the undisputed masters of luthierie, this Carl Thompson bass features exotic wood construction including Koa, flame maple, and mahogany. A fretless neck, two wood-covered pickups, black chrome hardware including the tuners and Hipshot bridge, and a wood control cavity cover signed by Thompson himself.

Includes gig bag.

The ON THE ROAM Collection by Jason Momoa Proceeds from the sale of this lot will go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation

A 2020 Pachyderm solid body electric bass guitar, serial #0920010 in natural. Played on tour by Les Claypool of Primus. Made for and played by Jason Momoa, the film and television star who has appeared in projects such as Game of ThronesStargate AtlantisAquamanFast X, and Dune. Jason is also an avid player and collector of guitars and has amassed an impressive collection.

Notably, this bass can be seen in the hands of Les Claypool of Primus during the seventh episode of Momoa’s Max show On the Roam. The episode introduces us to Pachyderm, a partnership between Claypool and luthier Dan Maloney, who has been making basses for Primus frontman for many, many years. The partnership came about when Claypool had a vision for the perfect bass and could think of no other luthier so qualified to usher it into existence. Luthier Maegen Wells has recently joined the team, known for her incredible and inspiring hollowbody guitars.

This particular instrument was one of Claypool’s two touring Pachyderm basses and saw use during 2020 through at least 2022. It’s being auctioned off in support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which provides care for children with cancer as well as research into lifesaving treatments and cures.

Completed in September of 2020, the bass has been given the nick name “Momoa’s Koa” by the luthiers for its exceptionally figured top made of wood found only in Hawaii. It is the 10th Pachyderm made, as confirmed by Maloney and Wells. A set 32” scale length three piece maple neck with koa veneers on the front and back of the headstock, which also wears a Pachyderm medallion and four black Sperzel locking bass tuners. The neck has a 29 fret ebony fretboard with no inlays and light-up side position markers with an intensity control in place of a tone knob. The body has the aforementioned koa top as well as a striking flame maple back with koa backstop and other accents.

The bass is equipped with a black Kahler tremolo bridge (the arm for which is missing), and for controls it has a momentary kill switch, a single volume, and the off-on-intensity control for the illuminated side markers. On the back is a battery compartment which houses two 9v batteries for the EMG pickup.

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Bass Magazine   By: Bass Magazine