Gibson Les Paul Signature Bass, Where'd They Go?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheDialog, Jul 16, 2021.

  1. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I've been on the hunt for one and they seem to have disappeared.
    Anyone know of one someone is letting go?
    Or are they all owned by TB members now :roflmao::bassist:
     
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  2. These were made as somewhat of a limited edition to begin with, and the number of surviving examples after almost 50 years is likely not very high.

    Most of them - just like other "real" vintage gear - are in Japan, and aren't coming back here anytime soon, let alone at an affordable price.

    I can only wish you a lot of luck in your noble quest.
     
  3. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    I initially posted but I don't think I understood what a "Les Paul Signature Bass" is, I thought it was simply a Les Paul bass.

    Is the one you are referring to like the Jack Casady model?
     
  4. Correct.

    JC Bass is based on LP Signature Bass, with Casady's own preferences added into the product.
     
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  5. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Jack owns ALL of them.
     
  6. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Owned one back in the 90's. It was a great bass and a relatively rare bird.
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  7. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I've owned 3. They're stellar. The first...should have never let it go.
     
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  8. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Just stupid rare.

    The time to buy an LP Sig was 40 years ago. I walked into a NYC music store (Manny's maybe) and they still had NOS on blowout for $300, guitar or bass. One of so many "if I had only known" tales.
     
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  9. Chrome Dome

    Chrome Dome Chrome Dome Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2013
    Piqua,Ohio 45356
    Just traded for this LP US Gibson,is this like the one you are talking about? IMG_0830.jpg IMG_0832.jpg
     
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  10. Chrome Dome

    Chrome Dome Chrome Dome Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2013
    Piqua,Ohio 45356
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  11. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I had one of those in the early '90s. The finish on mine wasn't as fancy as yours though. Mine was Heritage Cherry (solid - not a burst). Yours looks like a Honey Burst. They also had the Heritage Cherry Sunburst and the Vintage Sunburst (which was my favorite). Great-looking basses!
     
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  12. Chrome Dome

    Chrome Dome Chrome Dome Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2013
    Piqua,Ohio 45356
    Think,I like mine better than the Les Paul Signature,never did like the cheap looking pick guard,just my take on them.
     
  13. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    I have one that's near mint condition. Like a museum piece. Think it's a 73. Lucked out and got it off eBay about 2 years ago.
    I had one several years ago that I sold and had regretted it. I think only like 700 were ever made?
     
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  14. D Bopp

    D Bopp Supporting Member

    May 26, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
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  15. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I’ve had 3 and regret letting two of them go. I believe it was 627 total and ~10% shot in sunburst.
    There were a few prototypes in 73 with a chickenhead knob for the impedance switch. I believe most were made in 74 (~75%} and they were discontinued in 79.
     
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  16. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
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  17. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    The pickguard is no big deal. Just take it off, since they look good either way.

    But the Signature and those "newer" '90's Les Paul basses (like yours) are different animals altogether. I like them both!
     
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  18. mc2ny

    mc2ny

    Aug 1, 2003
    I’ve had three Les Paul Sig Basses…a Goldtop and two Sunbursts. Also four 6-strings. I settled on this pair as my “keepers,” both minty, great players and even have some figuring in the tops….plus the crazy rare Sunbursts. They only made 627 Les Paul Sig Basses and very few Sunbursts. One of my 6-strings in Factory Black…one of only TWO…made for a Kalamazoo employee, who was a luthier. Sold it to me in his 70s and all the mods were done at the factory! 6CE91E11-7D45-456D-8F56-4E30BF1E6719.jpeg 51E32889-37C9-4D52-8888-E3971FBA22E0.jpeg CF0C633C-31B3-4383-9C9B-7BAE965C294D.jpeg
     
  19. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    I’ve had 3 as well.
    Gold, sunburst, and black refin.
    Finally, after a bit of a hunt, have a gold top coming tomorrow. So pumped.

    The ones I let go:
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    One coming tomorrow:
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