Jay Wasco’s Swiss Army bass – an inconveniently unique instrument; hard to play, interesting to hear –
Yup-that’s right. It’s a bass guitar with a midi keyboard mounted on it. Yes, the two are played simultaneously. The bass is played with the left hand alone by means of a guitar technique known as “hammer-ons” while the keyboard (which emulates a distorted slide guitar most of the time. among other things) is played with the right hand. This instrument has a weight equivalent to that of a small motorcycle, and as you might imagine, requires years of time and patience to “master”.
He does make it look easy, check out the videos on JaysMuseum.com –Link
While you’re there, check out the Egotar, bass/slide guitar hybrid –Link
weird bass guitars –Link