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Gibson Basses vs. Fender Basses

#21 User is offline   gsgbass 

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

I do like the 12" radius board of the Gibson over the Fender's 9.5" board.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

Both are beautiful. The Jazz is probably more versatile, but the Thunderbird is a beast and has that 'kick in the nuts' bottom...

For straight up rock and roll playing I'm absolutely happy with my 'bird. ...and it looks killer on stage too.
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Posted 06 October 2014 - 12:02 AM

View Postgsgbass, on 20 July 2012 - 11:14 AM, said:

One other consideration between the short, and the long scale bass is, availability of short scale strings. The string manufacturers don't put out any where near the choices for short scale, as they they do long scale strings.

No problem using long scale string on a short scale bass. If using short dcale string on long scale bass then cannot. I using long scale string on my Gibson short scale bass with no problem.
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Posted 06 October 2014 - 07:18 AM

View Posteddytanhh, on 06 October 2014 - 12:02 AM, said:

No problem using long scale string on a short scale bass. If using short dcale string on long scale bass then cannot. I using long scale string on my Gibson short scale bass with no problem.


I have always used long scale strings on my SG and my old 32" Aria Pro II basses. No Problem.
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Posted 21 February 2015 - 06:56 PM

It's kind of ironic in this thread for me. I went the roads with Fenders.
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Posted 21 February 2015 - 09:45 PM

I have a Les Paul and an SG. But a Precision and a Jazz. For me it's Fender for basses.
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#27 User is offline   Frances50 

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 07:59 AM

Don't forget the new Gibson ES-Les Paul basses. I just got one. Beautiful guitar and I love it.
Frances


Gibson J-45 Custom Rosewood
Gibson Doves in Flight
Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium (Koa)
Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured Natural
Gibson ES-Les Paul Bass (Gold Top)
Taylor PS56ce 12-string acoustic
Taylor 916ce BRW
Fender American Stratocaster HSS
Olson 2012 SJ
Rainsong H-OM1000N2
Gibson 1916 A-4 mandolin
Martin 0-28 c.1870 acoustic
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Posted 05 July 2015 - 12:27 PM

What's the weight on your ES-Les Paul bass ?
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Posted 05 July 2015 - 09:55 PM

Like the others have said..
Scale length means a lot to the action & feel of a bass..
Both my basses are 34" BTW, There are also 36" long scales basses too..
I learned on a SG bass with a 30" scale back in 1982 but later on went longer as it will..
Really do like a 32" mid scale bass, The best I ever played was an Alembic Spoiler BTW..
Best 34" scale was a Fender Jazz Bass & Best 30" scale was a Gibson SG Bass..
Only wish I could find a Les Paul Triumph Bass to add to my collection..

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:58 AM

I think Fender have it for the bass; sheerly because of the range of features they've done with their bass models; fretless, pickup options, etc.
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2002 Fender Squier Affinity Stratocaster - "Janus".

2013 Gibson USA Limited Les Paul Traditional Pro II - "Negroni".
2014 Gibson USA 120th Anniversary Les Paul Studio - "Jupiter".
2015 Epiphone Limited EJ-200 Artist - "Nightmaiden".
2016 Stagg M20 Mandolin - "Octavia".

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First build; cross between a '57 Goldtop & the Lou Pallo Signature Les Paul; thread here [in progress and sadly on hold]

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Marshall MG15DFX.
Orange OR15.
Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal.
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Posted 07 July 2015 - 09:39 AM

View PostHEADKNOCKER, on 05 July 2015 - 09:55 PM, said:

Like the others have said..
Scale length means a lot to the action & feel of a bass..


No question about it. I was weaned on Fenders and my first experience with a short scale was an old EB-0. Wow! I loved that this smaller bass had so much "bass" in it too! But it was many years until I acquired a mid 70's EB-3 that I kept for some years.

I still find 34" scale my base line, but I do enjoy forays into the shorter lengths. I have an Alembic Mark King that's a 32" and is a really comfortable fit. I like playing it a lot. I wouldn't mind having some other basses in 32" as well. Now that Warmoth makes them I'd look here first for something well suited.

Other than a Turser Beatle bass (for those brief forays into 30") my last shorty was a Triumph. Great bass, but once the novelty of it wore off I didn't play it much, so it had to go. Quite amazing though. The passive low-impedance pickups were very impressive.

Going the other way, my hands find 35" problematic in first position. It's just enough of an extra stretch to exceed my years of muscle memory. I find 5 stringers too wide for comfort as well so I stick with my 4's.

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 07:20 PM

After 45 years of playing, I've owned many basses - quite a few Fenders, Yamahas, Aria Pro IIs, Rics, Ibanez and, not until 12 years ago - Gibsons (that's when I realized what I'd been missing) . All I can say is that I keep the Gibsons. I'll buy a Fender, like it for about a month, and then sell it. I just keep going back to the Gibbies. for me, nothing plays, feels or sounds like a Gibson. I like set or neck-through designs with angled headstocks; not bolt-on necks with huge honking head-stocks that require string trees Posted Image. Most of all I love the way the Gibsons feel in my hands - I really can't explain it, but I just play better with a Gibson. Fenders are fine basses and are kind of a blank canvas that you can easily modify, and they are plentiful, but IMHO they don't compare to a Gibson. I truly believe that if Gibson basses were more available for people to try - they'd be king. Some of you have to know what I'm trying to say here, or you wouldn't be on this forum.
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Posted 07 July 2015 - 07:25 PM

One of the biggest bass configurations I miss in the Gibson line, is the Fretless. So Fender Am. Std.'s are a better feel for me over the years.
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Posted 10 July 2015 - 06:00 AM

View Postgsgbass, on 05 July 2015 - 12:27 PM, said:

What's the weight on your ES-Les Paul bass ?



I believe it's 6 lbs. 8 oz. Very light with flat wound strings.
Frances


Gibson J-45 Custom Rosewood
Gibson Doves in Flight
Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium (Koa)
Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured Natural
Gibson ES-Les Paul Bass (Gold Top)
Taylor PS56ce 12-string acoustic
Taylor 916ce BRW
Fender American Stratocaster HSS
Olson 2012 SJ
Rainsong H-OM1000N2
Gibson 1916 A-4 mandolin
Martin 0-28 c.1870 acoustic
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Posted 10 July 2015 - 06:02 AM

View PostKelvinator, on 07 July 2015 - 07:20 PM, said:

After 45 years of playing, I've owned many basses - quite a few Fenders, Yamahas, Aria Pro IIs, Rics, Ibanez and, not until 12 years ago - Gibsons (that's when I realized what I'd been missing) . All I can say is that I keep the Gibsons. I'll buy a Fender, like it for about a month, and then sell it. I just keep going back to the Gibbies. for me, nothing plays, feels or sounds like a Gibson. I like set or neck-through designs with angled headstocks; not bolt-on necks with huge honking head-stocks that require string trees Posted Image. Most of all I love the way the Gibsons feel in my hands - I really can't explain it, but I just play better with a Gibson. Fenders are fine basses and are kind of a blank canvas that you can easily modify, and they are plentiful, but IMHO they don't compare to a Gibson. I truly believe that if Gibson basses were more available for people to try - they'd be king. Some of you have to know what I'm trying to say here, or you wouldn't be on this forum.



I was amazed when I took my new Es-Les Paul bass to group bass lessons the other night, many people in Guitar Center had never heard of the ES-Les Paul. I got so many comments like, "I didn't know Gibson made those." Anyway, my bass caught many by surprise and there was serious drooling going on.
Frances


Gibson J-45 Custom Rosewood
Gibson Doves in Flight
Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium (Koa)
Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured Natural
Gibson ES-Les Paul Bass (Gold Top)
Taylor PS56ce 12-string acoustic
Taylor 916ce BRW
Fender American Stratocaster HSS
Olson 2012 SJ
Rainsong H-OM1000N2
Gibson 1916 A-4 mandolin
Martin 0-28 c.1870 acoustic
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Posted 11 July 2015 - 10:10 AM

View PostFrances50, on 10 July 2015 - 06:00 AM, said:

I believe it's 6 lbs. 8 oz. Very light with flat wound strings.


Wow! That's lighter than my SG Std. @ 7 lbs. 5 oz. with Nylon tapewound strings.
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Posted 03 August 2015 - 01:52 PM

View PostFrances50, on 05 July 2015 - 07:59 AM, said:

Don't forget the new Gibson ES-Les Paul basses. I just got one. Beautiful guitar and I love it.

Happy NGD! As I've read here and elsewhere, if there's no photo it didn't really happen. Got pix of your new axe?
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Posted 04 August 2015 - 09:30 AM

View Posteldorado2001, on 03 August 2015 - 01:52 PM, said:

Happy NGD! As I've read here and elsewhere, if there's no photo it didn't really happen. Got pix of your new axe?

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Gibson J-45 Custom Rosewood
Gibson Doves in Flight
Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium (Koa)
Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured Natural
Gibson ES-Les Paul Bass (Gold Top)
Taylor PS56ce 12-string acoustic
Taylor 916ce BRW
Fender American Stratocaster HSS
Olson 2012 SJ
Rainsong H-OM1000N2
Gibson 1916 A-4 mandolin
Martin 0-28 c.1870 acoustic
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Posted 04 August 2015 - 08:27 PM

Nice looking Axe! [thumbup]
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Posted 22 August 2015 - 09:39 PM

View Postmanny, on 28 July 2012 - 02:33 PM, said:

I played a 1983 Ibanez Musician for over 20 years. I recently decided to treat myself to something nice. I played a ton of basses, lots of p's and j's as well. I couldnt get my hands on a Gibby T-bird any where to try. I finally found one to try in Toronto. I now own a Gibby Thunderbird. I love it. I will admit that Fender makes some killer basses, but they weren't the one for me.


i just recently purchased a 2015 Thunderbird. Without doubt a fine almost incomparable bass; i can barely find words to describe it's beauty and how it feels in my hands and the sound, the sound!.
My first bass was a 63 Thunderbird II which i bought in 73 and had stolen in 77; since then i have had the pleasure of owning some very nice Fender basses and an Ovation magnum but none of
them comes near to my Thunderbird. Enjoy yours and i know you will never part with it, i won't....
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