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NBD - Gibson Shorty!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gustopher, Apr 1, 2021.


  1. Gustopher

    Gustopher Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2018
    SWVA
    Just pulled the trigger on going short scale for a while to see how it fits me, Bass of choice was this Gibson Les Paul DC. I have definitely fallen head over heels for it, biggest sound of any bass I’ve ever played and it feels really great! QC on this one was excellent and I’m quite enamored with it and the short scale in general. This bass came setup extremely well and I see nothing that needs adjusted out of the box, neck is perfect and action is just where I like it. Wish I had tried this 3 basses ago, lol.
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  2. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Congrats! Love my shorty!
     
  3. Gustopher

    Gustopher Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2018
    SWVA
    Your coverage of this bass really helped me seal the deal. Thanks! You were right on with your impressions!
     
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  4. electricGstring

    electricGstring Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2021
    Atlanta Ga
    Man, that is GORGEOUS!!! I’ve never been a “Gibson guy” but that bass looks fantastic.
     
  5. wiscoaster

    wiscoaster

    Mar 28, 2021
    Wisconsin
    It looks beautiful. Great pics!! Let us know how it plays.
     
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  6. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Congrats. Looks great. :)
     
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  7. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Very nice. Congrats.
     
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  8. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA
    Congrats on your new Gibby! May it serve you well.

    A small bass with big attitude is how I'd describe those.

    Play it in good health and enjoy!
     
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  9. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Welcome to the Gibson sound. :)

    One of the reasons I’ve always liked playing Gibson basses is their sonic presence in a mix. Hit a note and you can hear and feel its authority.

    So far I’ve successfully resisted the temptation to get a LPDCB to keep company with my other Gibsons. But tomorrow is always another day, right?

    Congratulations on your NB. Play it well. :):thumbsup:
     
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  10. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    Played one at guitar center not long ago. Poor setup with a bit of fret sprout, but the quality was there. I could feel the potential it had with a nice setup. It had a thunderous tone. Enjoy it!
     
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  11. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    Congratulations & Compliments. I really like those. Jeannie smiles upon short-scales too. :bassist:
     
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  12. msb

    msb

    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I bought one , and it’s become a favourite bass . I put a lot of time on it . My only regret was not buying one sooner .
    Nice weight , sounds great , and fun to play .
    Great basses . Mine had some fret sprout and needed a setup , but I realized there was a really nice little bass in there .
    And there is .
     
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  13. Scott Shaw

    Scott Shaw

    Jun 6, 2019
    39601
    I'm curious about these. What kind of tone is it? Is there a more common bass that sounds similar?
     
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  14. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    This model has an interesting history. It seems that the early design for the EB bass was this shape. I saw a video where someone claimed CME worked with Gibson to sort of reissue the original with some modern specs.

    There is something magical about the Gibson Short scale.
     
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  15. Gustopher

    Gustopher Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2018
    SWVA
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  16. Halabja

    Halabja

    Jul 16, 2011
    CT
    I love mine, even if it was the catalyst for pushing me headlong down the Gibson bass rabbit hole.

    I’ll never be the same again.
     
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  17. Gustopher

    Gustopher Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2018
    SWVA
    I can honestly understand... it really did feel nice to open that bag and see the quality this bass was crafted with. I may have turned on a part of my brain that I didn't know was there as well...
    I went with Gibson after seeing the love my guitar player has for all of his guitars, he has a couple LP's a Firebird and Explorer and they are all super nice. So I figured, this would be a great opportunity to see if I was a Gibson guy with a bass... turns out, so far I am!
     
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  18. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That’s TNT! That pickup, you won’t look back. Nice score. Great finish too.
     
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  19. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Vermont
    Cool! Post some samples if you get a chance, I'm interested to hear it (including the coil tap if that's what it is).
     
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  20. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    It has a solid short-scale round quality. But it’s not muddy. You can get it to growl very nicely if you like. Closest equivalent sound I could think of are the pickups on the 2017 EB. Definitely its own thing to my ears. And if you slap you’ll like the slap tone you can get out if it. The split coil switch is also a nice addition.

    LowEndLobster has a demo up on YT that’ll give you a good idea (insofar as YT’s audio compression will let it) of what it sounds like.
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2021
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