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Port Richey man to attempt record-setting bass playing performance for charity

If you go to the website for the Guinness Book of World Records and search for "bass playing," you'll get zero results. Rusty Ellison of Port Richey wants to change that.

On Friday, he'll attempt to play bass for 24 hours straight, and set a world record in the process — all for charity, of course. He'll try his feat at Venom II Bar and Grill at 7430 U.S. 19 from 7 p.m. on Friday, and into the next day. Besides Ellison's attempt, there will be a raffle and biker games and food at the event.

Ellison, 45, recently answered some questions about his potentially record-setting marathon:

Q: When did you start playing bass?

A: I started playing when I was 12 years old. I started with the trumpet, then moved on to the tuba. Finally, my parents got me a bass guitar and I haven't put the damn thing down since.

Q: How does this whole thing work?

A: Here are the rules: I have to play to prerecorded tracks. I can't play the same song in a four-hour period, and I get a five-minute break for every hour that I play. That time can be accumulated, but I don't have a plan on when I'm going to take a break. The hardest part is probably going to be those hours from midnight to the next day.

Q: What charity are you doing this for?

A: It's called Florida Bikers Helping Florida Bikers. It's for when people on motorcycles get hit by cars or get into accidents. You know an accident like that can be completely devastating, and you're not working while you're in the hospital.

If the accident wasn't your fault, this organization will help you with the bills until you get back on your feet. People can come to the event and donate or even just visit the organization's website.

Q: How do you prepare for something like this?

A: This is more mental I think. I just really got to psych myself out. I've got a lot of people counting on me — the organization is counting on me. There is no quitting.

Q: What do you think is going to be the hardest part?

A: I'm made of flesh. You can only take pieces of flesh and bang it against metal for so long before they start to bleed, and the skin breaks down. I will switch between a pick and my hands. If my fingers get raw, I can always tape them up.

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