Gibson Les Paul Triumph owners manual page 4

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This page suggests tonal effects settings and recommended action for the Gibson Les Paul Triumph bass. Amongst the control settings are suggestions for two country bass sounds, two rock bass sounds and even two solo bass settings.

Unlike the Les Paul Recording guitar, these sounds are not individually demonstrated on the flexi disc accompanying the Low Impedance for High Performance brochure - so they have been recreated here. Recorded in low impedance mode without amplification, on a 1972 Les Paul Triumph, with flatwound strings, and played fingerstyle.

Rock #1 - Percussive Harmonic bass sound

Rock #2 - Juke Box bass sound

Country #1

Country #2

"Solo" bass #1

"Solo" bass #2

The above six tones are very interesting - but perhaps have to be heard in the context of Gibson basses at the time. For a decade solid, Gibson bass guitars had had a reputation for the fat/rumbly (or depending on your point of view wooly/muddy) sound of the EB neck humbucker. This brochure clearly demonstrated an alternative - with very bright tones even suitable for slapping and popping... but to the EB lovers out there, this bass was more than capable of delivering mud. My usual setting when playing the Triumph bass is the tone position 1, treble 10, bass 10 and in phase. For a bass tone heard and felt!

Recommended action is also given, aswell as a number of technical and construction features: the Triumph bass had a British Honduras mahogany body, mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard, and buffed Natural Mahogany finish.

Recommended string set 0055 - 'Hi Fi' Flatwound electric bass strings produced by Gibson. .048 - .095

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pi110 Comment left 9th August 2012 15:03:08 reply
You won't get the best out of your Triumph if you leave everything on 10 and forget it - the Triumph needs to be treated differently from other basses - there is more subtlety in the controls, and some surprising sounds when you really get into the settings. The six sample tones above go some way to showing what this bass can do, but there are a many others. Too many people underate this bass because they don't appreciate all the sounds it is capable of. I guess this is an example of a great bass, with great electronics, but controls that are just a bit too unintuitive in use... every Triumph player should try these settings though.
LPbass Comment left 24th July 2012 12:12:56 reply
I see they recommended 0055 strings for the Triumph bass. I take it these were Gibson brand? Any idea whether they were flats or round?
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 24th July 2012 12:12:22 reply
Yes, these strings were made by Gibson. Set G-0055 was 'Hi Fi' Flatwound electric bass strings. Set of four, medium gauge, .048, .054, .076 and .095. 1972 price $22. I don't know of an equivalent modern set. These strings are pretty light by todays standards.