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.
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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