If I knew every bass I bought ran a risk of loss or theft and being used by a non-bassist to bonk someone on the head, (bonk!) I might reconsider my feelings about bass accessibility and collecting. I like to watch Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on TV, but that doesn’t mean I need fifteen bass guitars.
If I had to prove I could play bass or had taken a few lessons in order to buy one from guitar center, and as a result, less people might get bonked on the head with basses, I could do that, too. If I had to have a brief meeting with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers to buy a bass, that would be okay.
If Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers wanted to have a winner-take-all bass-off face-off, I’d do my best, hand Flea my 1996 Fender Precision, and be grateful he didn’t bonk me in the head. Apparently though, Flea has zero interest in my basses and no clear benefit to bonking me on my head.
Making a bass guitar that bonks ten people on their head at once might have benefit for professionals like Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers. His music theory studies at USC and 40 years of professional experience qualify him to own the ten-bonk-bass with minimal risk to the heads of “Under The Bridge” fans. I’ll stick to my Epiphone Les Paul Signature and try not to bonk myself on the head.