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Gibson + Moog = ?

Two Gibson RD Artist basses with a LABseries L2 bass amplifier

In the late 1970s musical giant Norlin, was the parent company to both Gibson and Moog. But Norlin gets a bad press in vintage guitar circles, after all they were better known as a beer company. But what do you get if you put Gibson and Moog together? The RD Artist I hear you all cry - correct, but also the LABseries of guitar and bass amplifiers. And do you know what? The RD Artist and LABseries amps sound great together! The L5 guitar amp is well-respected but you hear very little about the bass amps. I've just got hold of a LABseries L2 bass amp - it's a 100 watt, solid-state head with a separate cab housing a 15" speaker. It's a bit bigger and heavier than a lot of 15" bass rigs i've used, and perhaps not something I intend to play out so much, but it does sound superb with the right bass. I've tried a number of Norlin-period Gibsons through it, but the one that really shines is my 1981 RD Artist. They definitely seem to complement each other. But with such an array of sounds from both guitar and amp, it's hard to know where to start. I haven't tried any of my Victory basses through it yet, but they are on my to do list. Soundclips with the RD are not on the site yet either, but should be following over the next few days. comment

1978 Guild B302F fretless bass guitar

But, that leads to another late 1970s bass that I have recorded through the LABseries L2 - the Guild B302; i've been playing a rather nice 1978 fretless B302F this week; and what a sweet-sounding, highly-playable bass. It's no secret that Guild had stockpiles of great wood in the 1970s, that were turned into very well-built guitars. This longscale, all-mahogany bass is quite unlike the majority of fretless basses available at the time, or since for that matter, yet these basses don't sell for anything like what they are worth. Seriously undervalued instruments. Have a listen or a closer look. comment

A snappy Gibson Ripper

1974 Gibson Ripper bass
1974 Gibson Ripper bass promotional record

Seeing as we're on a 70s tip, let's continue the theme with another bass i've been playing a lot this year, my 1974 Gibson Ripper. It's the older body style, and clearly an early one, but seemingly with an alder body. An interesting thing about this bass, as opposed to my 1978 ebony Ripper, is the real 'snap' that comes from the maple fingerboard... and it changes what you play. Guitars that sound and feel differently do tend to make you come up with different lines; and I got pretty funky at rehearsals with this bass. There are a lot of sounds in a Gibson Ripper, with Bill Lawrence's Q-system electronics, but the tendency can be to leave all the controls on 10, and just use the varitone to select a tone. Gibson knew this, and released a vinyl 45 rpm record in 1974 with a bunch of selected settings; and what an interesting disk. If you own a Gibson Ripper, or are thinking of owning one, you absolutely have to check it out. Not only does it suggest some great tonal settings, there is also some gritty funk by Richard Evans/Phil Upchurch and Dartanyon Brown/Chase. Or you can listen to my soundclips, replicating some of these settings through a '64 Ampeg B15 here. (You can check out many more soundclips of vintage guitars through vintage amps here. comment

WEM Dominator bass MK1 - a great little British bass amp

1972 Gibson Les Paul Triumph bass with 1973 WEM Dominator bass MK1

Although i'm enjoying my new LABseries solid state amp, I generally prefer valve amps, and have a real soft spot for WEMs. If you follow this site you'll find lot's more related content over the coming months. One particular amp i've used in the studio a lot this year is the WEM Dominator bass MK 1; again it has a 15" cone - a Celestion G15M greenback, but only 15 watts. Introduced in the early 1970s as a companion to the Dominator guitar amps, and probably largely unknown outside the UK. It's got a terrific dirty snarl, great for recording, though probably not powerful enough for anything but the smallest gigs. I've got soundclips of mine on the site with a number of vintage basses: a 1961 EB3, a 1966 EB0 and a 1966 Hagstrom Coronado bass. Listen to the soundclips - especially those using the bridge or both pickups. I love this amp!

As I said, I have used this in the studio with a few bands in 2012, most notably with a session for Long John Laundry at Lost Boys in the Buckinghamshire countryside: the bass was my old favourite Les Paul Triumph. The result can be heard in the video to the right (don't confused by the non reverse Thunderbird shown) - it's interesting how the snarly tone is far less apparent once it sits in the mix.

Like the Guild B302 these don't get the attention they deserve, but I suppose today's bass players tend to prefer more hi-fi equipment. But this does mean you can pick these up pretty cheaply in the UK - £150 seems about normal, but as with all old amps that have probably sat untouched for decades, you probably want to factor in the cost of a service when you buy. comment

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Kalamazoo KB bass guitars

The Kalamzoo KB bass was Gibson's attempt at out-Fendering Fender; a simple to constuct bass with a nice neck and quality components. It came in Mustang and SG versions. I like these basses; they look cool play well, and whilst I prefer the richness of a set neck EB bass, quite a lot of people i've played with say they prefer the sound of these...

1969 Gibson Melody Maker

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1963 Vox Stroller

The earliest Vox Stroller guitars were copies of the 1950s Guyatone LG50; interesting to a Vox collector, but not the kind of thing you'd want to gig. Very lightweight indeed. Have a closer look at a 1963 Vox Stroller.

1964 Gibson Melody Maker

The early sixties Gibson Melody Makers were great little guitars, aimed at guitar students, but beautifully put together and finished instruments. Have a closer look at a 1964 double cutaway Melody Maker.

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ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1970s Gibson Les Paul Triumph Recording Bass Walnut Orig. Case

ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1970s Gibson Les Paul Triumph Recording Bass Walnut Orig. Case

West Islip, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


UP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1970s Gibson Les Paul Triumph Recording Bass Walnut Original Gibson Hard case .
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1978 GUILD B-302 BASS W / HSC

1978 GUILD B-302 BASS W / HSC

Evansville, Indiana, 477**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1978 GUILD B-302 BASS W / HSC. One (D) tuner has been replaced with the same Schaller tuner, only branded with an Ovation logo. Original tuner will come in case. This is a well used Bass with marks, and dings. Has been professionally set up, and is ready to gig with. Please email any questions you may have.... more
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1972 Gibson L6-S Bass Prototype (Ripper, Grabber) Singlecut Sunburst

1972 Gibson L6-S Bass Prototype (Ripper, Grabber) Singlecut Sunburst

Syracuse, New York, 132**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1972 Gibson L6-S Bass Prototype (Ripper, Grabber) Singlecut Sunburst
This bass guitar is the prototype for the L6-S bass, a model that was never manufactured by Gibson. Although it is the prototype for an instrument that was not produced, it also seems to be a prototype of the Ripper and Grabber models introduced later that are constructed with the same materials (maple neck and body) and similar dimensions. The look of this one does foreshadow those later models
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Gibson Ripper (L9-S) Bass Guitar with Seymour Duncan

Gibson Ripper (L9-S) Bass Guitar with Seymour Duncan

New Florence, Pennsylvania, 159**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson Ripper (L9-S) Bass Guitar with Seymour Duncan.
This bass is in very good condition. There are a few small marks located in the pictures. Feel free to ask questions, can send more pictures. Must have at least 10 positive comments to purchase. For sale in the United States Only
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1975 Gibson Ripper L9-S Vintage Bass Sunburst, Alder Body w /  Case, Hangtag

1975 Gibson Ripper L9-S Vintage Bass Sunburst, Alder Body w / Case, Hangtag

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1975 Gibson "The Ripper" L9-S bass in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and warranty card. One of the more unique and versatile Gibson basses ever produced, the Ripper comes equipped with its original pair of Bill Lawrence designed "Super Humbucker" pickups and a four-way rotary switch for series, parallel, and out of phase pickup settings
The contoured alder body is a particularly rare option, only offered on the ... more
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Original 1970s Gibson Ripper electric bass guitar case plush lined

Original 1970s Gibson Ripper electric bass guitar case plush lined

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Original 1970s Gibson Ripper electric bass guitar case plush lined. Case is in good shape. It does have some black tape along the edge where it was starting to peel. Very solid . Will ship FedEx ground fully insured with tracking shipping to the lower 48 states only. No Alaska Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam or PO boxes. No international shipping
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Replacement 1970s Gibson Ripper electric bass guitar bridge with studs

Replacement 1970s Gibson Ripper electric bass guitar bridge with studs

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Replacement 1970s Gibson Ripper electric bass guitar bridge with studs. This is an aftermarket replacement. Great condition. No damage will ship USPS priority mail
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1976 Gibson Ripper L9-S Vintage Bass Ebony Black

1976 Gibson Ripper L9-S Vintage Bass Ebony Black

San Antonio, Texas, 782**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1976 Gibson Ripper L9-S Vintage Bass Black. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.
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1974 Gibson Ripper Bass

1974 Gibson Ripper Bass

Coudersport, Pennsylvania, 169**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A serious bass for a discriminating collector or player. Very versatile tone options. Solid maple body and neck. Comes with original case. Equipped with flatwound strings for a darker tone but sounds great with roundwound strings. Some minor finish checking as can be expected on a nearly 50 year old instrument. I've played this bass regularly for decades and always get compliments on its great sound and uniqueness. I've made a minor alteration to the strap pin location. The original locations ... more
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Gibson L9S RIPPER 1976 Electric Guitar USA Vintage Rare Maple with Hard Case

Gibson L9S RIPPER 1976 Electric Guitar USA Vintage Rare Maple with Hard Case

Chesterfield, Virginia, 238**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I bought this guitar around 1982. I played it in the high school marching band. It is a marvelous instrument that has always deserved a better player than myself. That being said, my only consolation in letting it go is that whoever owns it next plays the hell out it. They didn't call this model the Ripper for nothing and rock stars have long sought after this model built during this time. It sounds beautiful and it is painful for me to sell it. But I don't play it often and my home air ... more
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RDman Comment left 27th November 2012 20:08:28 reply
Cool looking RD basses there... binding too... well I never! is it for sale?
blues Comment left 26th November 2012 16:04:20 reply
The whole lab series are pretty respectable actually. Been playing through an L5 on and off for quite some time, and it's never let me down. That's the guitar amp that B.B. King uses to this day.
red tele Comment left 19th February 2013 19:07:24 reply
+1 mr blues. Lab series amplifiers are really very very under rated. I also have an L5, and I can't sing it's praises enough. Really clear clean sounds, and takes pedals very well too. Totally reliable (in my experience anyway) plus used examples go for very fair prices (especially if the logo has fallen off)


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Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.