NAMM 2013 - Gibson Les Paul Standard Bass

Gibson makes the famous Les Paul body design available to bassists, with the new Les Paul Standard Bass.

Gibson Les Paul Standard Bass

This instrument is every bit a genuine Les Paul, bearing the same construction and elegance as the original, only this time catering to bassists.

Just as there are specialized bass guitar pedals, now we have a specialized Les Paul bass guitar! This new instrument is a full-pledged bass with the same versatility as its electric guitar counterpart. It is designed to adapt to all the popular genres be it rock, blues, jazz, or country. It is made available in three popular Les Paul finishes: Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Goldtop, and Ebony Black.

At the core of this instrument is the tried and tested Les Paul combination of mahogany body and solid carved maple top. According to Gibson, it gives the instrument depth and richness while retaining the clarity and snap of the mid and higher registers. The body features Gibson's modern weight relief chambers, which also helps enhance the overall resonance of the tone.

This bass comes with a glued-in solid-mahogany neck that is cut to the superior “quarter-sawn” grain orientation. This is believed to help improve strength and the optimum transfer of resonance between neck and body. Comfortable playability is provided by the neck's rounded '50s profile and topped with a rosewood fingerboard. Guiding you through its 20 medium-jumbo frets are traditional trapezoid inlays.

Gibson wanted to maximize string transfer so they equipped the Les Paul Standard Bass with PLEK-cut Corian nut, Tune-o-matic bridge and stud-mounted stopbar tailpiece that are modified to handle bass guitar strings.

Gibson Les Paul Standard Bass

Two Thunderbird Bass pickups capture your playing and push it through your favorite bass amp. These are ceramic magnet humbucking pickups that were designed to provide a versatile bass tonality. Controls are kept straightforward just like the guitar version, you get individual volume and tone controls and a three-way switch. Rounding off its set of features is a set of highly efficient Grover bass tuners with a 20:1 gear ratio offer optimum tuning smoothness and precision.

The current MSRP for the Heritage Cherrry Sunburst and Ebony finishes are priced at $2,699, while the goldtop version is slightly more epensive at $2,899. You can find out more about the Les Paul Standard bass by visiting Gibson.

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