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Gene $immons: his old-school basses!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hrgiger, Feb 21, 2010.

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  1. hrgiger


    Jan 11, 2009
    I noticed in another thread someone mentioned they couldn't find many pics of Gene's Charlie Lobue bass, so I thought I would post some (I know some have already been posted) here for reference. Also I've posted photos of his much-loved one-off custom Spector bass as well. And a couple of strange axe-basses he had before his more famed Kramer version and his most recent GS version. I'll post more pics of these basses and his other pre-Punisher basses as I collect them. Enjoy your stay and if you have pics by all means post 'em up!! The more pics the better!

    And, just so we are perfectly clear, DO NOT TROLL this thread with any ANTI-GENE SIMMONS h.s. - "This thread is not for you. Period."

    If you have a level-headed comment about his basses, or even better: pics to share, post away, you are who this thread is for!

    First up his (or at least one of) his Charlie LoBue basses:






    Interestingly, somewhere along the line this bass has seemed to sprout some metal studs! Later this affliction would also claim his Spector bass.


    His one-of-a-kind Spector bass.




    Here, it initially appears to have developed some sort of clear pick guard:

    At some point it also appears to have the body refinished in one solid color and a dark pickup (or pickup cover, or most likely a splash of black paint) rather than having the white sides and silverish pickup.



    Here it is after finally breaking out in a full-blown-case of metal studs and split pickup (and also being sold for $29,995):



    Here's a very strange axe-bass that seems to appear only in a few photos from this session:


    And finally another axe-bass with the more familiar body style however with a mostly black blade which later is fully colored silver:

  2. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Thank you so much for the pictures! I can't say that I'm a Kiss freak nowadays, but I was during my teenage years (and still a loyal Kiss Army member, anyway) and you've brought many fond memories from my high school days. :)
  3. Hi.

    Thanks, cool pics.

  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Cool lookin' bass. Thanks for posting.
  5. Demon_Hunter


    Jun 8, 2008
    Nice pics. My first bass was a Lotus very close to Gene's Lobue bass.
  6. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Didn't he also play a Grabber or a Ripper?
  7. davec

    davec Commercial User

    May 4, 2006
    bartlett illinois
    Owner; Cody Electric Basses
    I had a chace to buy a Stacato bass in Chicago's western 'burbs. Gene had a nice looking chrome one or the GHS ad. "take my money and make up but not my strings" or something like that. Cool basses only about 50maybe 100 in existance.

    Anyone have a picture of one of those?
  8. rob4001va


    Apr 1, 2007
    Northern VA
    Either a G-3 or a Grabber

  9. If Gene was playing a bass somebody was paying him. He probably gives bullocks if his bass look like an axe or devil horns as pictures attest. Nice pics by the way.
  10. Great pics. I think I like the Spector in it's original state the best.
  11. THand


    Jun 9, 2008
    My contribution here, notice the acoustic style saddle and bridge.

  12. And he dont look too happy about it! Maybe that was redo # 1, make it KISS-proof!
  13. svtb15

    svtb15 Commercial User

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    Didnt he play a Pedulla at one time too?
  14. both
  15. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    Gibson Ripper:

    Gibson Grabber:

    Gibson Thunderbird - used by "Robot Gene" in KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park. Black finish, chrome pickguard, EBO/Dimarzio pickup.

    Steve Carr Prototype Axe:
  16. Cool pics. Thanks for posting!
  17. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    Probably just used for a photo shoot - but a Les Paul Triumph(Recording Bass)

  18. senmen

    senmen TheHybridHunter

    Dec 26, 2009
    Here another one:
    Gibson EB-O, as seen in the Lynde Halloween Special
    (courtesy of VG Mag)

  19. Jaguar


    Nov 19, 2006
    Nice Shots.I always saw that Lobue but never knew what it was.Any more info on that?
  20. THand


    Jun 9, 2008
    Mahogany body and neck. The neck is set like a Gibson. Ebony fretboard..

    Started out as a wood finish and then painted black w/white outline...later studs were added.

    Several different bridges were used, as were pickups. Usually it had a Dimarzio humbucker in it...ancestor to the model One.
    Sometimes he had P pups in it, tho.

    Rumor has it that he loaned it to Mickey Free early in his carrer. Don't know if Free still has it or not.

    Here it is in the original wood finish:

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