Gibson 5 string EB bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tmoney61092, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. tmoney61092


    Sep 15, 2009
  2. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    I rather like the look.
  3. I dig it, id love to be able to try one out
  4. wrench45us


    Aug 26, 2011
    Did these just get released?
  5. tmoney61092


    Sep 15, 2009
    I'm guessing so, they're the newest product on Gibson's website. I'm definitely interested in trying one, hope one comes to a music store near me
  6. tmoney61092


    Sep 15, 2009
    my guess is that these will be available for $1000 or maybe even less. There's a couple 4 stringers on eBay with buy it nows for $869 from Music123 so I'd definitely pick one up if they're around that price. just wish they were available in the creme but I'll get over that haha
  7. Draculea


    Oct 2, 2011
    Mexico City
    I like it, looks awesome.
  8. vates


    Nov 15, 2007
    Kyiv, Ukraine

    Has anyone already tried one? What's the string spacing at bridge? How does the neck shape feel? How does the B-string sound?
  9. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    I like this way more than I like the four string version. In fact, I think this body style is way more suited to a five string bass! In fact, this bums me out because I thought my gas was gone LOL
  10. I'm also interested in hearing about the neck profile and the B. Babicz bridges are only made in 19mm, so unless they made a special one for the Gibson, 19mm is my guess.
  11. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    I played the 4 string. I rather liked the new bridge design. Not enough bass for the price.
  12. pharaohamps

    pharaohamps Commercial User

    May 30, 2006
    Garner, NC
    Owner, Disaster Area Designs / Alexander Pedals
    I'm also interested in hearing more detailed specs on these. I prefer tighter bridge spacing - 17 or 17.5mm suits me fine. I play 5-string EBMM basses and vintage Gibsons mostly, and they are all tighter spaced than the typical 19mm Fender setup.

    I can manage with the wider spacing at the bridge, but the nut width will be a killer. 1.75" for me or bust :(

    I will be at NAMM this week - booth 1058! If I can get over to the Gibson booth I'll try to check one out and report back.
  13. swamp2


    Feb 27, 2008
    Not enough bass for the price? Seriously? I bought one at our local independent last week. $775 with the Gibson custom fit hardshell case. I'm still in the honeymoon phase but it strikes me as being a fantastic instrument, best effort by Gibson in a LONG time and an order of magnitude more interesting than any bass that's come out of Fender in 3 decades or so...

    If you can find a better value on a new US made bass, please let me know! I usually buy used but I was really interested in the EB since it came out and couldn't pass this deal up...
  14. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    I like the 2+3 so the B string doesn't bind, but it's bassically (pun intended) a Jazz bass position humbuckers bass. The neck pickup will have too much low end and not enough harmonic development over the long haul. I would prefer the neck pickup to be about the width of the pickup closer to the bridge to get the proper balance of fundamental and harmonics on the B string for clarity.
  15. The shape and colours shown on the web site are too bland for my personal tastes but if this bass is great to play and it can produce a wide range of rock tones then bland is the last thing I would care about. The bass doesn't 'stand out for me'. What happened to Gibson producing a hybrid bass? Or did Ibanez beat them to the punch. Wait, don't answer my question I have no intention of hijacking this post.
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Do a search here. There have actually been about a dozen threads already about them, including some reviews from those who have played/bought them. I'm not lecturing, just offering you some free info already posted here.
  18. Wait, independent volume controls for the pickups you say? That should solve it!
  19. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Fans of Gibson basses will like this, I bet!

    But I'd guess there'll still be some neck dive with it. IME, the upper horn needs to position the strap button at about the 12th fret to avoid neck dive, and from the pix it's at the 15th fret.

    Hey--that's not a deal-killer for everybody, though.
  20. pharaohamps

    pharaohamps Commercial User

    May 30, 2006
    Garner, NC
    Owner, Disaster Area Designs / Alexander Pedals
    I'm wondering about neck dive myself - I did notice that there is some extra body mass past the bridge which could certainly offset some of the headstock weight. I'll have to try one out and see...