Doner Designs has sold its Time Machine bass to Arend Raby, a collector of unique and strange instruments. 100% of the proceeds from the sale were donated to – rather fittingly – the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, in honour and memory of Robert K. Blackburn, father of Bill Blackburn, runner up in the sale process.
The bass itself features, as you can see, a plethora of interesting design elements that take it closer to a certain famous DeLorean/Time Machine. There’s a selectable destination year display, alongside a huge amount of flashing lights, on-display circuitry and a Flux Capacitor. While perhaps not for regular gigging use, the bass still features some premium appointments. Its core is a Warmoth body and neck, as well as a Nordstrand pickup, Audere preamp, Babicz bridge, Hipshot tuning machines, Axetreme Creations pickguard and a ReRanch nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
Doner Designs also noted that constructing the bass so that everything fitted into the body, as well as overcoming various other challenges, ended up taking roughly 300 hours over the course of three years.
Doner Designs is a part-time charity, founded and operated by Steve Doner and his son Richard, as a hobby. The Time Machine bass is their seventh and most complex project to date. Other projects have been donated by Doner Designs to charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the United Services Organization and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.