Phil Lesh’s “Eye of Horus” bass, built by Jens Ritter, has been acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The modern-styled bass will be added to the museum’s extensive instrument collection, which also includes Prince’s and Eddie Van Halen’s guitars.
Featuring Ritter’s Jupiter design with a solid silver “Eye of Horus” inlay at the 12th fret, the former Grateful Dead member commissioned the bass in 2009 and went on to say it taught him to play in an entirely different way. The bass also features a one-piece mahogany body, maple neck, ebony fingerboard, Ritter Master Quattrobucker pickups, and blue side and front LEDs.
The bass was created into an artist series with a total of ten made, each with a price tag of €11,300 (about $16,000 US). For more info on the bass, visit the Ritter website.