Gibson Upright

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by crgaston, Jul 23, 2013.


  1. crgaston

    crgaston

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    Ran across this in a little shop in Dayton TN this week... thought I'd share. Never seen one of these before. Apparently it has a laminated back and solid sides and top.

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  2. MollyKay

    MollyKay Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the pictures. If it is a B-125 as the tags says, here is the factory description.

    B-125 BASS- Here is the Crackproof Gibson Bass especially arched to produce a powerful, well balanced tone. Spruce top; maple back, rim and neck; ebony fingerboard and tailpiece; flake grain bridge; individual machine heads; solid end pin; adjustable $1.00 extra; finished in rich antique brown.

    The date of manufacture is June 1943.

    Here is more information at:

    http://www.bassmonkey.net/Pre-war-Gibson-upright-bass.html

    :D
  3. crgaston

    crgaston

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    Thanks Molly!

    "Crackproof" means laminated, right? I thought it was odd that it would have been a solid top. Couldn't see any laminations on the top like were present on the back, but the bass had undergone some major repair work and perhaps the edges had been sanded and sealed really well. The shop owner thought it was solid.

    I will do some more research to find out who did the repairs and see what they have to say.
  4. MollyKay

    MollyKay Gold Supporting Member

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    I would say yes, the B-125 and the B-135 are laminated. Here are the full descriptions...

    All Gibson Basses are full three-quarter size

    B-125 BASS $125.00
    Here is the Crackproof Gibson Bass especially arched to produce a powerful, well balanced tone. Spruce top; maple back, rim and neck; ebony fingerboard and tailpiece; flake grain bridge; individual machine heads; solid end pin; adjustable $1.00 extra; finished in rich antique brown.

    B-135 BASS$135.00
    Same as B-125 but made of woods especially selected for their beauty and texture to be enriched by the Gibson natural finish.

    B-250 BASS$250.00
    The top isprecision carved from solid blocks of fine grained spruce, choice curly maple back, rims and neck. Finest ebony fingerboard and tail piece; selected flake grain bridge carefully shaped and finished by hand, individually replaceable machine heads; rosewood adjustable end pin; rich amber brown finish.

    B-300 BASS$300.00
    Same as B-250 but made of woods especially selected for their beauty and texture to be enriched by the new Gibson natural finish.


    :D:)
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  6. chris merrill

    chris merrill Supporting Member

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    wow, looks great. Did you take it home with you crgaston?
  7. crgaston

    crgaston

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    I did not, chris merrill. Want the number of the shop?
    :)
  8. chris merrill

    chris merrill Supporting Member

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    ha! I wish. Thanks tho. Hopefully someone can grab it!

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