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FS: Gibson Upright Bass

Discussion in 'DB Classifieds Archive' started by Porky_451, Apr 9, 2009.

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  1. Porky_451


    Mar 7, 2009
    Somerset, KY
    Gibson made upright basses for only 3 years around 38, 39, & 40. They are very rare, less than 100 ever made. The basses were actually made in Germany for The Gibson Co. and shipped to the US with the neck separated and Gibson then assembled them and put a label in them.

    The bass is in excellent original condition, with the exception of a new bridge. Its setup to play. It has a black ebony stripe up the back of the neck. It has some of the prettiest most highly flamed maple back and sides Ive ever seen on a bass. I was told there were only 85 ever made.

    The inner label says:

    Gibson Bass
    Genuine Gibson Made
    Model B-1251141
    Kalamazoo Mich. USA

    Im asking $4000.

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  2. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Can you tell us something about the sound of the bass - also it's weight and dimensions etc


  3. Porky_451


    Mar 7, 2009
    Somerset, KY
    Its a great sounding bass. Remarkably, Every note on the fingerboard comes out the same volume, even the high high notes. It has plenty of volume and sustain. I would describe the tone as having deep growling lows, with very clear and responsive mid and high notes.

    nut - bridge = 42"
    tall = 72" (without endpin)
    top half width = 21"
    bottom half width = 26"
    thickness = 7 1/4"
    weight = about the same as a Kay.

  4. Gary Lynch

    Gary Lynch

    Nov 18, 2008
    Sonoita AZ
    Is this veneer or solid?
  5. Porky_451


    Mar 7, 2009
    Somerset, KY
    It is plywood like a Kay, not solid wood.

  6. Michael Eisenman

    Michael Eisenman Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Eugene, Oregon
    Is that a mute on the bridge?
  7. Porky_451


    Mar 7, 2009
    Somerset, KY
    Yes its a mute. It fattens the tone.

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