Nothing beats a booming and emotionally-charged bass tone that moves the music to the next level. Gibson has revealed six new bass guitars for its 2014 lineup, and the new models deliver the kind of sound that fuels the most passionate low-end playing.
The new models include a variety of SG and Thunderbird models and the Midtown Bass, all with many fresh, cutting-edge features. Moreover, since this year marks Gibson’s 120th anniversary, each 2014 model features a special 120th Anniversary banner inlay at the 12th fret.
Take a glance at the full roster of 2014 bass models below, and find more details on the new low-end offerings here.
The Gibson Thunderbird 5 String Bass is the thunderous companion to Gibson’s Firebird guitar and an unbeatable value for such a high-end instrument at $1,999 list. The killer model offers classic Thunderbird styling and nine-ply “through neck” construction, united with two excellent T-Bird Plus bass pickups and a sturdy, three-point adjustable bridge. The heart of the 2014 Thunderbird Bass is the model’s “through neck” construction, with the neck and central body section created from the same rugged nine-ply mahogany and walnut tonewood blank for supreme strength and sustain. This 34-inch scale bass also features a rosewood fingerboard that carries 20 jumbo frets and acrylic pearl dot inlays. Finishes available include Heritage Cherry, Vintage Sunburst, or Walnut finish.
The new SG Special Bass offers lots of low-end drive and character for a low price of just $699 list. The bass is made from solid mahogany in the now-famous double-cutaway SG style, with a glued-in, short-scale mahogany neck carved to a comfortable, slender profile. The 30-inch scale models also offers a rosewood fingerboard with 20 jumbo frets and dot inlays, plus an innovative T-Bird three-point bridge and Grover shamrock tuners. This beauty is available with a variety of finishes: Cherry Stain, Fireburst and Chocolate satin.
The 2014 SG Standard bass offers a range of high-quality features at a price that’s not going to break the bank: $1,399 list. Among that plethora of features are a solid mahogany body, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, Supreme Grip speed knobs, extra large strap button, 30-inch scale, T-Bird Plus and vintage-style T-Bird mini pickups, Grover shamrock-style tuners, gloss lacquer and 3-point adjustable bridge. Finishes available include Heritage Cherry and Walnut.