Do you think the Les Paul design looks good for basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Jun 17, 2020.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I can't say I've ever liked the look of the solid body Gibson Les Paul basses, but this run of semi-hollows I think looks amazing. I would have no problem owning something similar to the basses pictured below.



    And of course special shout out to the Les Paul Special Bass!

  2. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    *wolf whistle*

    The top one is a beauty! I'd rock it in a heartbeat, despite my dislike of sunburst and hollow bodies in general.
  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I have no objection to an LP styled bass.
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  4. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Les Paul Recording is nice...but I wouldn't actually buy one
    Hell, I'd buy either one of these before a Gibson.
  5. Shirobon


    Jun 16, 2020
    The Les Paul is my all time favourite guitar shape. This is my Epi LPS Special but I plan on getting a 2011 Gibson Les Paul Bass Oversized later.
    If you are interested in a more affordable version of that Memphis LPB you posted, there is a knock off called the Alden AD-LP:
    Alden AD-LP Bass Guitar Flamed Sunburst Single Cutaway Semi Hollow Body LP Style New | NMP Studios | Reverb
  6. user362432

    user362432 Guest

    Dec 27, 2002
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    user362432 Guest

    Dec 27, 2002
  8. Never mind basses,I don't think it looks good for guitars :)
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  9. Tekkers


    Dec 16, 2018
    No. Not sure if it’s just an unfamiliar silhouette, but I think LP basses look crap.

    The scale length makes the neck look badly out of proportion to the body, like the body is too short. I think Telecaster body-styled basses look awkward for the same reason.
    The only single-cutaway basses I like the look of really are ergonomic designs where the upper body joins the neck close to the 14/12th fret for neck stability.

    Semi-hollows tend to have a broader body which evens it out a bit.
  10. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

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  12. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    i've owned 2 of those memphis models, love them, have a tendency to have a twist in neck, both of mine did, and i've seen others mention it also...
  13. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    I'm generally okay with it for a 4-string, but when Epiphone briefly cranked out a 5-string version, it somehow lost its charm for me.

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  14. 20191122_084047.jpg a yes for me
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  15. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Looks good, yes, but an ergonomic nightmare for me.

  16. Shirobon


    Jun 16, 2020
    Is that a Yamaha BEX4 in there? I've always wondered how those are.
  17. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
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  18. gelinas666

    gelinas666 Guest

    Sep 8, 2009
    My Gibson LP Bass is great! Nice thick neck and hot pickups..:cool::thumbsup:
  19. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player

    Mar 14, 2011
    I've owned two Les Paul guitars which I loved.
    But basses....not my thing.
  20. Yes, that's a BEX4. But I had it converted to an 8 string octave. Mag pickup is average, but the piezo system is great. Sits well in the mix.
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