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Gibson IV Bass

#1 User is offline   Hutton 

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 07:11 AM

I'm new to the forum after purchasing a Gibson IV bass. Does anyone else own one as I've had a great deal of difficulty in finding out anything about this rather nice bass. Or perhaps somebody could point me in the right direction. Here she is:-
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#2 User is offline   i hate classical music 

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 12:10 PM

nice bass guitar

#3 User is offline   Hutton 

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:48 PM

Is there anyone who knows anything about this bass or can suggest where I might look or what book may be best to obtain? I'm new to gibson stuff.:P

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 11:24 AM

I have been racking my brain trying to remember when these came out. I think it was in the mid to late 90s. It may have been before Gibson bought Tobias, I just don't know. This won't help much, but here is a link to a Gibson Bass website, it mainly deals with the Vintage basses from Gibson and is by no means complete.

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#5 User is offline   Hutton 

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 06:43 AM

Thanks rd. I've found out that the bass was built in 1987 from the serial number. That has been confirmed on another forum with some more helpful details.

#6 User is offline   musicman7386 

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:07 PM

The Gibson IV Bass came out in 1979. I received one as an endorsement from Gibson in 1980, when I was with The Kingsmen Quartet, and it was a new product at that time. It is the most magnificent bass I have ever played.

#7 User is offline   rd_artist 

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 06:14 AM

Cool, would your name be : Mark, Wayne, Jim or Ed?

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:29 PM

Hi,

I have the exact same bass for about 4 years now.
I tried to find some information but I only could find a picture of the bass IV in a white finish, which was not so cool.
There's also a Bass V, right?

according to the guitar dater project, my bass was manufactured in 1987 at the Nashville Plant.


does anyone have an idea what kind of pickups are on it? what kind of wood it is?
I know almost nothing of basses, because I'm a drummer mainly :-k


and Hutton, on what forum did you find more info?

thanks.

#9 User is offline   rd_artist 

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 02:49 AM

I would imagine that the wood is mahogany,and the pickups look like they may be TB pickups.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 04:58 PM

WOW, Sweet Bass. How's it play/sound?

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:01 AM

Those were made in 1986 to 1987 (probably 1988 still). That was a tough time for Gibson. They really seemed to try to put out something modern for that time. They put out basses based on the Victory (Q-80, Q-90, WCR, Bass IV and Bass V), using mahogany bodies and mostly putting on pickups and electronics that were already used on previous models. I think the end came to these models when Norlin sold Gibson.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 03:31 AM

Hi, I own the exact model on the picture with the girl sinds 1986. Does anyone know something about prices? I want to sell my Bass, it's as good as new.

Greatings Jerome.

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 01:31 AM

The Gibson IV bass was made from 1986-88, had a mahgony body and neck, an ebony fingerboard, 2 Thunderbird pickups, black chrome hardware, a 34" scale length and was available in pearl white, natural, ferrari red or heather poly. There was a Gibson V 5 string bass as well with the same specs made from 1986-88.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 11:06 AM

Nice bass I don't think I've ever seen that one before, welcome to the forums



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Posted 09 October 2010 - 07:49 PM

im selling one of these basses on ebay!!!! come check it out! GIBSON IV

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:53 AM

WOW, Nice bass. To bad they aren't on the market any more. They would probably go over today.

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 12:27 PM

I didn't know about those. Too bad they are as rare as they seem to be. I think I'm in lust.
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:05 AM

View PostGaolee, on 10 October 2010 - 12:27 PM, said:

I didn't know about those. Too bad they are as rare
as they seem to be. I think I'm in lust.

+1.

All the good stuff ..... mahogany, dual T-bird PU's,
ebony FB ..... without the silly T-bird shape. What
more could you ax ?

For those who WOULD ax more anywayz, check
out that bridge PU location ..... looks extree close
to the bridge. And hey, there's another great point
for the Gibson IV: no dumbast three-point bridge !

If this had been an Ibnez they woulda sold zillions.



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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:48 PM

I found this forum while looking for information for *my* Gibson IV bass, so I'm also new like the original poster. My Gibson IV looks exactly the same as the one in the picture (minus the girl), and I love the way it plays & sounds. I bought mine used in '91 but have always wondered if it had its electronics modified since the back cover looks like a replacement. Any pointers to the original electronics schematic would be appreciated.

My Gibson IV was made Jan 22, 1987, and may have been the first stamped that day (last 3 sn digits are 501, so either the 1st make in Nashville, or 501st from the day). I found the serial number information using this URL:
http://www.gibson.co...alNumberSearch/

Here is mine:
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 01:20 PM

Looks like a great bass. [thumbup] Were they bolt on or a set neck?

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