Here is something I have never seen. I love the feel of this piece; it looks great, plays with ease, and is a great addition to any collection.
This is an authentic, but POSSIBLY modified, Gibson Les Paul bass. I believe it started life as an early '70s Les Paul Triumph bass, based on the wood, the head stock, and the old hardware locations.
The bridge has been moved back as well (I'd guess it use to have the LP bridge and saddle, or maybe had a cover). Other Mods include the lipstick pickups and the new tuners.
With only 17 frets however; the neck must have been shortened - but there are no signs of any work being done to it, besides on the body and the tuners having been replaced. The neck is too thin at the top to have been a 6 string.
In essence; it's a short scale bass. This is perfect for the guitar player who enjoys bass. This is why I've fallen in love with this bass. However; I just don't make the time to play - and think this would be an amazing addition for anyone who can commit the time and effort to bring the beauty of this instrument out!
Has lipstick pickups and flat wound strings. This bass plays well, has great action, & it feels, looks, and sounds awesome.
I have not made any modifications to this bass - this is how it was purchased from the bass player from a well known local band, who didn't make any mods either.
Includes an old beat up, but functional, hard shell case.
I'd love to know more - I'm even more interested why this isn't an actual factory build - feels like they were onto something with this piece - Very practical; and just bloody cool.
**UPDATE** **UPDATE** I've heard from many - Here's some theories:
One idea is that the neck was steamed out and cut down. If this was done; you don't see any signs of the work.
Another theory is that this is actually an original Gibson factory made one-off. That besides the obvious mods, that the body and neck have not been altered.
Someone who actually worked at Gibson in the 80's has reached out to back this up. I'm also trying to speak to a few well known experts about this piece - and am very interested to know. I'll update as I can.The thing that impresses me is that you don't see the neck mod; and it looks, feels, and plays as though this is how it should be!
Here's your chance to own an amazing piece!
Located in Lombard. Buyer to pickup.
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