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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Gibson SG Special Bass

The Newest Member of the Billy Radd Family

Jan. 10th, 2014
I checked one of these today at a local guitar shop and was quite impressed. The price point seems just right, especially when compared to the other short-scale basses available on the market. I have short fingers, and am only 5'8" and this bass really fits my frame. The satin finish is not real fancy but looks great and feels nice to the touch. It is as light as many hollow and semi-hollow body basses I have played, but seems very solidly built. Plus, the hardware is quite adequate with beefy Grover machines and two Gibson humbuckers. 

Jan. 13th, 2014
I have been looking for the perfect short scale bass for a few months now and I think I have found it. To tell the truth, there aren't many out there that have a classic style, are well-balanced, made with quality materials that are reasonably priced AND made in the USA. I'm going to buy a Cherry Satin model today, plug it into my '63 Ampeg Portaflex Combo and let 'er rip. We'll see if short scale SG measures up to my expectations. I will be changing the round wound strings it comes with to flat wounds but the rest of the package seems very utilitarian and high quality. Finally, a Gibson I can afford. 
Jan. 16th, 2014
Just received my own Gibson SG Special Bass from Musicians Friend today and have been happily playing it for the last couple of hours. So far, I am very impressed with it's ease of playing and classic design. I usually use flat wound strings on my basses instead of the supplied round wounds but I think in this case I will just go with the strings that came on it for a while. The bass was set up well and darned near in tune right our of the box. I ordered it online on Monday morning and received it Thursday morning with free shipping from Musicians Friend.
I particularly like the 2 different humbucker pickups which give you quite a range of tones with each one having it's own volume control along with the master tone knob controlling both. And, I really like the satin (matte) finish on my Cherry version, as well. Plus, the CG Special Bass 2014, while being so much lighter than a standard sized electric bass, is still sturdily built with a solid, one piece mahogany body, Gibson's glued-on short scale mahogany neck, Grover tuning machines, and 3-way adjustable bridge. Mine also came with a nice, plush-lined hard shell Gibson case. 


In short, I still wouldn't call it very fancy, but it is attractive and seems to be a good solid value. I'm looking forward to many years of playing this affordable tone monster from Gibson. BTW, did I mention that it's made in good ole Nashville, USA?

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