The design of the bass has been pretty much set in stone since its birth. There have been one or two notable exceptions over the years, so when I saw and read about the Orchid bass, it really caught my attention.
There are certainly some weird basses out there. Check out the world’s largest bass. Actually, I’m not sure it is, as I remember someone making a massive double bass a while back, but do check out the link to Last.FM’s rebuttal of TechCrunch’s journalism on sharing user’s music data in that post. There are also some beautiful basses about, see the incredible carving on this Univox Eagle Bass.
However, it’s rare to see weirdness and clever design in one instrument, as in the Orchid. There are lots of little design tweaks, along with the very unusual body shape. See the Orchid Bass in action in this video to understand what I mean: