Post Number: 14
|Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 9:40 am: |
My band is being filmed for a reality show in conjunction with our local news station / internet site.
Some nice shots of the Bass in there, and if nothing else it's good for a laugh now and then
Post Number: 915
|Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 1:27 pm: |
When I feel like having a good laugh, I usually look at a Gibson Bass.
P.S. Just this weekend I traded a my much HATED Gibson Thunderbird for a Beloved Alembic Epic - my first Epic!
Post Number: 1352
|Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 1:55 pm: |
Actually Rami, I've come to consider 'Gibson bass' as big an oxymoron as 'government intelligence' and 'jumbo shrimp'.
Post Number: 16
|Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 2:38 pm: |
I actually don't mind the ripper too much. It's nothing like my Essence but it has a cool tone.
But yes, the majority of Gibson Basses are garbage.
Post Number: 286
|Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 3:00 pm: |
I regret selling my Ripper.
Of course, I think I've regretted getting rid of all the basses I've sold except maybe one.
Post Number: 44
|Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 6:34 pm: |
Uh oh. . . People are making fun of the basses I learned to play bass on. I must retaliate! "Oh ya, well, my dad can whip your dad anytime!" You know, since my father came out of the closet last summer, it gives that come-back a whole new meaning. Might be best to just walk away this time, or run, if they rode in on Harleys.
(Message edited by poor_nigel on January 20, 2010)
Post Number: 1797
|Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 6:59 pm: |
I bought a '76 Thunderbird solely because of this song:
Post Number: 803
|Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 7:06 pm: |
I like Gibsons. I have:
A '76 Bicentennial Thunderbird.
A '74 Ripper.
A '77 RD Artist
An '81 Victory Artist
An '87 Custom Shop Thunderbird
Are they Alembics? Hell, are they Fenders? No.
But I like them just the same. My Ripper, for example, is a beast - and I love it.
And too many have played Gibsons, and happily so to term them "garbage," as govegan asserts.
To wit -
John Entwistle - Gibson Thunderbird
Jack Bruce - Gibson EB-3
Leon Wilkeson - Gibson Thunderbird
Jack Bruce - Gibson Les Paul Signature
Peter Cetera - Gibson Ripper
Gene Simmons (yeah, I know, not a great player and an endorsement deal) - Ripper, Grabber, G-3
Nikki Sixx - Gibson Thunderbird
Gibson hasn't had as good a reputation as, say, Fender for any number of reasons. They have a tendency not to fix problems (e.g., neck dive on Thunderbirds, weak pickups on Rippers, weight on RDs). This being said, they are unique and appeal to a certain clientele, I think. This isn't unlike our beloved Alembics, which certainly aren't everyone's cup of tea (though they might be ours!).
All this aside, I like my Gibsons, and play them with joy.
Post Number: 443
|Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 3:15 am: |
My first "good" bass was a Ripper... I wish I still had it. I recall a 5-way(?) switch on it that gave it tons of different tones. It was with this bass that I discovered you had to change strings every now and again!!! It was sounding like crap (and the rust on the strings was probably irritating the skin on my fingers) so I decided to put fresh strings on it... Voila!!! I also had a Les Paul Recording Bass (actually it may have been a guitar... man, I'm getting old).
Post Number: 17
|Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 4:34 am: |
I am not downplaying that many people such as Entwistle have played and enjoyed the Thunderbird... however every Gibson I have had the chance to play on has been sub par with the exception of the Ripper I mentioned.
No offense of course, I use garbage in the broadest sense of the term possible and probably should have included the word "new" before "Gibson".
Post Number: 4297
|Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 7:09 am: |
Don't forget Rick Danko of The Band, another Gibson bass player.
Post Number: 918
|Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 8:04 am: |
I also have a Gibson SG-Z which I like. But the T-Bird is way over-rated. It's the difficult upper register access and that HORRIBLE directional hum that makes it virtually unplayable. They'd never let one of their guitars leave the factory with such a glaring flaw. Shameful indeed.
(Message edited by rami on January 21, 2010)
Post Number: 1536
|Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 9:08 am: |
Alan, I've never seen Jack Bruce play a Les Paul but he has been playing an EB-0 recently. Or is it an EB-1? I get those confused. It's the violin shaped one.
Post Number: 2402
|Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 10:10 am: |
Jack Casady, not Bruce. The Epiphone Jack Casady Signature is based on the Gibson Les Paul Signature
Post Number: 217
|Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 10:43 am: |
Jack Casady has played the Gibson Les Paul Signature as well as a standard-shape Les Paul Bass. Phil Lesh has played an SG-shaped Gibson, don't know the model.
I had a Gibson EB2 that played well but sounded like crap. I had a Gibson Grabber that wasn't too bad...
Oh oh, the thread's been diverted!
Post Number: 642
|Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 10:52 am: |
Lesh's Gibson started as an EB-0, but he quickly modified it with 2 Guild/Hagstrom p/ups (or, more likely, Mssrs. Turner, Stanley, and/or Wickersham modded it for him).