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Is this a real Gibson?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by drewfunk, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. drewfunk


    May 10, 2010
    Olympia, Wa
  2. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    Looks real to me. That would be a Gibson SB-450.
  3. It is, it's a SB350 from the early seventies (I gues 1971, since it has the 2-point "evertilt" bridge opposed to the later 3-point bridge)
  4. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    Yeah, it could be an SB-350 or 450. The only difference is that the 350 is short scale an 450 is long scale. Hard to tell from the pics which one it is.
  5. drewfunk


    May 10, 2010
    Olympia, Wa
    Awesome! I dont have alot of knowledge on old Gibsons.

    What is the going rate on these? Something tells me alot more than i want to pay, but damn that bass looks great.
  6. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    They're a little less regarded than the usual EB-3s so probably not as expensive as you'd think.

    Check out the fly guitars pages for more info.
  7. jdelemus


    Jun 27, 2012
    It's an SB-450
  8. nikolozj


    Dec 15, 2011
  9. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    These are among the most affordable vintage Gibsons. From what I've seen, these sell in the $500 range.
  10. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    yes, it is a real Gibson. I wouldn't pay more than $500
  11. drewfunk


    May 10, 2010
    Olympia, Wa
    Thanks for the info guys. I absolutely dont need it, but if it is indeed a regular scale then i might bid on it!
  12. bassobrutto

    bassobrutto Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2010
    Yellow Springs, Ohio
    It's definitely the short scale SB-350 (you can tell from bridge position), so save your money!
  13. aquateen


    Apr 14, 2005
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Sold for $416.26.

    Did you bid? You wouldn't be getting into a vintage Gibson for much less than this.
  15. Avalon


    Feb 28, 2009
    I would love to try that one. One thing that I'd add is that vintage Gibson necks are always guilty until proven innocent. I have never held one in my hands, but I have seen so many with damaged/repaired necks. This one appears OK, but the photo is just a tad - a tad- questionable with the reflections and that label placement.

  16. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I absolutely agree with you on the neck. I noticed that, too. But with ebay's return policy, the seller (no rookie to ebay) would have to be insane not to divulge that info.
  17. GibsonBlack1975


    Oct 8, 2013
    I just bought a 1972 Gibson SB-450 on eBay for a little over $400...it was a steal. The SB series was introduced by Gibson in 1971 with the SB 300 and 400 and was replaced the following year by the SB 350 and 450. The difference between the "300" level series and "400" series is that the 300's were short scale and the 400's were regular scale.

    The only issue that I had with the bass was a truss rod nut that was buried in just enough so that I couldnt get the wrench on it. Also, the two piece bridge was a little wonky. I took it in to a good friend of mine and he fixed it up and I play it live on a regular basis.

    These basses were billed as budget basses, but the craftsmanship and materials were anything but budget. This line was replaced by the Ripper in 1974.

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