NBD Rare 1979 Epiphone Genesis Bass

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  1. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I first want to thank TB'er jdb72 for bringing to my attention Reverb.com a website for used and vintage instruments. I saw this bass and knew I had to have it I made a deal with the owner and she just arrived today what a beautiful instrument.


    The Epiphone Genesis was introduced in 1979. It was designed by Jim Walker, of Marketing for Gibson Guitar Corporation. The Genesis was created in order to revalue the Epiphone brand and reposition it as a manufacturer of high-quality instruments. According to Walker, his idea was to build a quality, versatile,powerful and durable guitar that would remain in history.


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    2 covered, unperforated NYT/NYR Bass mini-humbuckers
    3-piece, flat-top solid mahogany body
    Chrome hardware
    1-piece mahogany set neck
    20-fret Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
    Two-per-side enclosed tuners
    3-point height-adjustable bridge
    1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
    3-way selector switch
    Mini coil tap switch
    34" scale
    Ebony finish


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    This is one solid bass it feels like someone took a very large Honduran mahogany tree trunk and whittled a body I don't have a scale but it has to be at least 10.5 to 11 lbs but it was the 70's and kids were still walking home from school and most people didn't have snow blowers so a heavy guitar wasn't a problem.:) This is one high quality instrument even thirty plus years later the tuners still turn great and all of the electronics work as they should it sounds like an EBO and a Thunderbird had a baby it's very deep and rich sounding with no mud the 3-way selector switch and coil tap offer a wide array of sounds I love it. This bass is is in awesome condition it even has the original tuner key I'm very happy she is a keeper.


    Here are some photos from the seller I'll post my own later


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    Here is a picture of it in the 1979 catalog

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  2. TN WOODMAN

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    I love it. Great condition as well .
     
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    That looks awesome. I wish there was something like this produced today at an affordable price point. Maybe there is... I am not really sure. I love the chrome Tbird style HBs though with the double cut. Nice score.
     
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    Fantastic - congrats on a nice find!
     
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    I've never met a set-neck bass I liked, but this may have just changed that. Wicked awesome score.
     
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks the pups are like thunder I never heard of this model until I found it last week.
     
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    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I thought about your gorgeous Acoustic when I saw it
     
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    Very similar body style. I bet it sounds great too.
     
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    Just when I was thinking I don't need any more gear...
     
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    lol I was thinking the same thing until I saw her :)
     
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    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree they did a reissue with the guitars it would have been nice to do the basses also.
     
  14. maxschrek

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    I have one of these, most aggressive sounding instrument I own.
    All maple construction+set neck=GOOD!

    ...oh, and mine came with the same Epi yellow lined chipboard case. Must be what they came with.
     
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    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Very cool and the case is as thin as the cases for my Greco Beatle basses but this Epiphone is built like a tank I doubt it even needs a case. :)
     
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    She's sturdy, no doubt about that!
     
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    How much did one of these cost at the time?

    The Gretsch Jet Bass covers some of the same ground.

    http://www.americanmusical.com/Item...2G00SRCHCAPN&gclid=CMWYxqizpLwCFQHNOgodUBYA9Q
     
  18. D.M.N.

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    Are the pups in yours original? In the catalogue it shows more rounded Tbird pups with chrome surrounds, and yours are squarer with black surrounds. To be honest, I can't decide which I like better, it's just such a cool looking bass all around!
     
  19. Webtroll

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    Beautiful bass, grats on the score!
     
  20. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    It's all original I think honestly they used whatever they had for the pictures it shows as a 79' model but I think actual production didn't take place until around 80' so they might have changed things for actual production here is a picture of another one.

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    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks so much I just played some CCR and some songs from The Guess Who and this thing sounds incredible I just hate I sold my EB3 and forgot to take my new Hipshot Supertone bridge off of it.
     

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