Although Gibson isn't regarded as the number one bass maker out there, they have made some pretty exceptional basses over the years. Many of the good ones didn't stick around long due to general lack of interest in Gibson. Too bad. IMO the greatest bass Gibson ever made is the RD Artist (produced in the late '70's). I'm a very proud owner of a sunburst/ebony board specimen in fine condition. My next favourite is the Ripper - a very underated bass. If there are any choice nominations I've missed, let me know.