This limited edition Gibson 2013 SG bass guitar is a special run. It has a faded finish that gives it the look of a gently aged vintage bass. Mahogany neck and body with a rosewood fingerboard and chr... Read More
This limited edition Gibson 2013 SG bass guitar is a special run. It has a faded finish that gives it the look of a gently aged vintage bass. Mahogany neck and body with a rosewood fingerboard and chrome hardware. Features a vintage-style TB Plus bass humbucker at the neck and a bass mini-humbucker on the bridge. Two volumes and one tone control. Includes Gibson gig bag.
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I have been playing a Fender Jazz bass . My oldest son bought me this Gibson in cherry red. He told me I would not spend that much money on a bass. Being retired and on social security he was right, I have been wanting a American made bass for awhile. I play this bass all the time. The sound is great easy to play. Light weight, great looking. All my other basses are under the beds in cases. Love the way this bass feels inn my hands, I love it and would recommend this bass to everyone who plays.
Owned a Gibson Ripper back in the 70's. I recently got this SG brown faded and have found the fit, finish and sound that i've been looking for. Comfortable and fast neck. Both pickups set at 6, the tone set midpoint and you can cover alot of musical territory. Gibson makes a great bass.
OK, I see a lot of people saying this model is good for the money. No, it's better than the more expensive options and I'll tell you why; it's all about the finish. The "nicer" SG Bass options have very glossy and beautiful finishes. Which is great if you aren't going to play the bass, but if you play a lot those glossy finishes are always going to be covered with fingerprints and unless you sweat like crazy all over the instrument your hands/arms will catch on the slick finish. I hate glossy finishes. This "faded" finish never shows fingerprints and is very smooth and pleasant to the touch. It's like sliding your arm across satin. With that out of the way, the bass itself is a lovely thing. Its pickups don't quite have the farty growl of the old "Mudbucker" Gibson pickups, but it's hotter than some of the interim models have been. The short scale doesn't really give up much in the way of tone to the long scale Thunderbirds IMO, but it makes for a much more manageable instrument. It's easier to carry around and makes me much less prone to bumping the headstock into things. I owned a headless bass as a backup instrument in the past because it was easier to travel with and less cumbersome to play without banging into things in unfamiliar surroundings, but this is very close to being that compact and more satisfying as an instrument. Also, this bass is very light. Extremely light, in fact, and that's a great thing. It's excellent to wear and you can easily put your ear on the horn and hear its strong sympathetic vibration. I've owned quite a few basses over the years and this is the one. I knew the minute I picked it up. There's not another bass out there I'd rather own and that's not something that I say lightly.
Having come of age musically in the early/mid-60's I'm a long-time fan of short-scale basses; my first "good" bass was a dead-mint '67 Epiphone Rivoli I bought in '77, and for the last 35 years I've always had at least one short-scale in my arsenal. When the SG Faded became available I saw it as an opportunity to latch on to one of those EB-3's I missed out on back in the day for a decent price, and while it does incorporate many of the positive characteristics of the Jack Bruce-era instruments (along with a few unique twists of its own), it unfortunately misses the mark in other respects. The neck has clearly gained some girth compared to the vintage models; whether or not this is a plus is strictly up to you - since I use a hard-core old-school setup of LaBella .049-.109 flats and low action the extra wood is not entirely unwelcome as a hedge against neck warp/twist - but it's not going to have the lightning-fast feel of a good '66. Although the TB Plus neck pickup may look like the old Sidewinder (interestingly enough, available on the bargain Epi EB-0/EB-3) it lacks the swamp-bottom bass response of the original, sacrificing some low end for a more-controlled sound great for Motown/Atlantic R&B; however, that original in combination with the bridge mini-bucker made for a Billy Sheehan-style woofer/tweeter setup years before its time, and the #4 "baritone" position on the EB-3's Varitone would get you into much the same sonic territory anyway (albeit at reduced volume). On the subject of controls, I realize the J-Bass influenced V-V-T setup has become virtually universal for two-pickup basses, but it's somewhat limiting compared to the original's individual volume/tone + Varitone circuitry. The three-point bridge is a definite improvement over the old two-point "bar" (later T-O-M) design: even back in the day most players didn't use the old-style pull-up mute anyway, and if you give it a few degrees backtilt to add some tension it'll quell any arguments about a short-scale being indistinct or muddy, even with flatwound strings. Finally, be prepared to do a bit of shadetree tech work: like their Faded SG/LP guitar counterparts they tend to be plagued by recurring sharp fret ends - a seemingly-universal problem in this age of kiln-dried woods, and certainly not limited to Gibson (strangely, one not shared by the original rosewood-board '50s/60s Studio Tribute series - go figure) - as well as a tendency for the cherry finish to rub off on the white case lining (I'd be real wary about what I wear while playing one of these). All in all, taken strictly on its own merits it's not too bad for the price - certainly a better bargain than the identically-appointed gloss-finish model - but if you're expecting a real EB-3 reissue you might want to track down one of those Epi Elitist versions from a few years ago instead.
This is my 3rd SG bass. I have the cherry finish, the special edition all blond one, and now this worn one. As I have been a lead player, I find the Fender style basses just too heavy, too hard to move around on (can you say truck?) The Gibson SG basses are smooth, very fast necks, deliver tons of bottom, especially for just plain every day rock and roll. My Ibannez bass sits now, so does my older Fender. I play through a PV Tour 700 head, with two 1 x 15 PV bass bins, Black Widow equipped. Just an awesome bass experience all around. Will look for Gibson's next special run bass down the road. Spendy, but quality unequaled by many!
Played quite a few others under a grand, but the Gibson felt great and played better. I love the shorter neck, makes playing a breeze. Its easy to handle, light weight and packs a nice punch. Came set up fine out of the box. Looks amazing! I went for the faded ebony. Great finish. I feel the quality is well above the asian made basses on the market. A quality product. You just cant beat American made for craftsmanship and detail. Also came with a great Gibson hardcase.
I have been playing the bass for 40 years and over the years I have owned them all. Currently I have 5 bass guitars that I play on a regular basis. My newest addition is the Gibson EB3 Heritage Cherry and this bass out-plays them all. The quality finish, the looks, action, and sound are unmatched by any other bass out there. They are not cheap, but are well worth the money. Do yourself a favor, if you want the right instrument, save a little longer and get you the Gibson Bass in the EB (SG) line. You'll be glad you did.
Unfortunately, Gibson has not gone into the Bass Guitar making business with the same efforts that they have in making the world's finest production and custom Guitars. The EB-X series Gibson SG Bass Guitars are true "unsung heros" and tremendously UNDER APPRECIATED!!! During the early 1970's I play the EB-3 SG Bass. I could have played one of that other guy's (Mr. FXNDER) Bass for half the price. However, I would have gotten half the tone if I had. Now that the prices are nearly matched why would anyone want half the tone?? Versatile, full of tone and very easy to play, this Bass has been neglected for far to long. If you are a Bassist you owe it to your ears... and just as important, the ears of the audience to take this rig for a test ride. It has a smaller neck than most other Bass Guitar which not only helps to prevent hand fatigue during marathon jamming sessions, but also helps improve the Bassist's speed and accuracy. With over 45 years of playing the Bass and having tried/owned dozens of other brands and models I always come back home to what I believe is the finest Bass Guitar made.
I bought one and absolutely fell in love with it. It plays like a dream and sounds incredible. I love it and will never sell it.
If you're looking for a high quality bass here it is. The sound is great the price is reasonable and it has a sleek design. It is a Gibson which is a name that can be trusted. I highly reccomend this bass to everyone
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