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Gibson 3/4 upright...HELP ID

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by gee, Nov 16, 2001.

  1. gee


    Nov 16, 2001
    i've got a blonde Gibson upright, with Kluson tuners. the model number is B-135-541, but i can't seem to find any archive to identify this instrument. i'm looking to find out when it was made (pre-war?) and it's value (not very many Gibson uprights out there).

    any help would be appreciated.

  2. Its my understanding that Gibson took over Epiphone around 1954. So there were no pre-war Gibson basses. Gibson discontinued making upright basses in 1965 according to George Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars. Gibson put out a BV student model in 1958 but I don't have any serial or model numbers to help you out. When Epiphone were making their basses the B-1 model had a dark cherry red sunburst finish with an ebonized fingerboard and tailpiece.
    Thats about all I have in my archives. Maybe someone else can help you out with the serial numbers to get your bass pinpointed a little better as to the year.
    Hope this helps a bit.

    Martin Chapman.
  3. dhosek


    May 25, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have a vague recollection of a Gibson electric bass circa 1930ish. But I could be wrong, I suppose.

  4. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    I know a guy that has a blonde epiphone upright, but he's sort of disappeared from the planet so I can't get any more information.
  5. Just to clarify my post....I was referring to upright basses all the way through.

  6. gee


    Nov 16, 2001
    thanks for you input, everyone, i have a little more to go on....now if i can only get all that dried, 40 year-old masking tape off the edges of her....

  7. dhosek


    May 25, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    OK, I've done a bit of research on my recollection of the Gibson bass that I was referring to.


    Has the following item:

    In a cached version of the Clevinger homepage, I found:

    I've been unsuccessful in locating an on-line picture of either the 1924 or 1938 basses. Not that it's likely that this is what the original poster had, but it is an interesting bit of history.

    -dh (feeling pedantic)

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