This is a vintage 1973 Gibson Les Paul Signature Bass hollow body electric bass guitar. This particular example, serial number 17582, is in extrmeley excellent 100% all original vintage condition and includes the original hard case! With a total production estimated at approximately 600, not only are these amazing basses are becoming quite rare, but exquisite examples such as this one are hard to come by.
Made famous by the great Jack Casady, this iconic example features the famous; “goldtop” gold finish, a plastic embossed humbucking pickup cover, trapezoid inlays, double bound hollowbody construction, (2) output jacks, and a long 34.5″ scale length. This bass is in very clean all original condition with no originality issues nor structural concerns whatsoever. The bass plays nicely and sounds fantastic. All of the original parts are intact, and function perfectly. The goldtop finish is extrmneley well preserved with only the slightest suggestions of weather-checking. There is very minimal superficial playing wear on the back of the guitar body only. Otherwise, the walnut back and sides are also in very beautiful condition. The walnut finish on the back of the neck is also very excellent with no evidence of playing wear through the finish. Since the bass has mostly been played with the original flatwound strings (included), there is no evidence of fret wear. The neck angle is perfect and the neck itself is perfectly straight.
Interestingly enough, while some vintage Gibson guitars feature a “2″ stamped in the back of the headstock, which is an indication of the instrument being considered a second, many Les Paul Signature basses were stamped as a “Second” or “2.” Quite comically, this guitar is stamped both “SECOND” and “2.” While it is sometimes difficult to deduce exactly the reason for such, this guitar was mis-stamped with an incorrect serial number, as it is missing the last digit. More than likely, this is the reason for it being a factory second.
The bass weighs a light 8 lbs 8 oz. It has not been broken, repaired, cracked, nor modified, and remains 100% intact. The neck joint is perfectly intact with no evidence of fatigue nor shifting. The bass comes with an original hard case which also happens to be in very excellent original condition..
The Gibson Les Paul bass is a bass guitar first manufactured by Gibson in 1969, just after the relaunch of the Les Paul guitar in 1968. Several different versions were produced between 1969-1972, and eventually the Les Paul Signature hollowbody bass was offered in 1973.
Aside from being a beautiful looking instrument this bass sounds amazing. Featuring a maple thin line body construction, and a laminated mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and deluxe inlays. The tone is very rich as you would expect from a hollow body, but is unique from other hollow bodies in that it is constructed without a large solid block through the middle, resulting in a more resonant top.
The Les Paul Signature Bass pickup features the low impedance circuitry, especially designed for recording in the studio, and sometimes goes under the name of the Les Paul Recording bass. The Les Paul low impedance bass pickup delivers a crisp full bodied bass with every subtle overtone. And the three position tone switch lets you tune in a tailor made sound for any amplifier setting.