Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

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Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby SpankyAndy2 » Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:42 pm

Hi folks,

As the subject line says, anyone owned or played a Gibson Les Paul Triumph bass? Not a standard/modern Les Paul bass, but specifically a 70's Les Paul Triumph.

I'm curious about their playability, versatility and tone. I know they can be heavy. Just wonder if anyone has any first hand experience playing or gigging with one of these cool hobbit basses.

Cheers

Andy
PS: i have read reveiws on Harmony Central as well as the info on the FlyGuitars website and heard the tapewound sound clips.
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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby aussiemark » Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:04 pm

Andy, your man is Rob "basvarken" over at the Last Bass Outpost , which is the most active Gibson forum online. He's got at least 2 or 3 Triumphs, plus other assorted Gibbys. The Triumph is his main gigging bass.
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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby SpankyAndy2 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:12 am

aussiemark wrote:Andy, your man is Rob "basvarken" over at the Last Bass Outpost, which is the most active Gibson forum online. He's got at least 2 or 3 Triumphs, plus other assorted Gibbys. The Triumph is his main gigging bass.


G'day Mark,

Many thanks! I think I remember the name Rob "basvarken"... from memory, he was the one who nicknamed the Triumph the "Hobbit bass"..

BTW, CONGRATULATIONS on your marriage. I only just realised you're back after your honeymoon. Congrats to you both :-)

Andy
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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby Dr. Greenthumb » Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:11 am

I just picked up a 1970 Les Paul Bass about 2 weeks ago, and I luv it. It's heavy as a mofo, but the feel and tone of it are great. Maybe it's still early
in the affair but it has become just about my favorite bass in that short time. It's all original and in really great shape except for some finish checking, but I don't mind that. Even has the string mute intact, and all the electronics work perfect. It's the wanlnut finish, FlyGuitars has really great pictures of the model on their website.

Mike
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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby hieronymous » Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:15 am

I have one - I really like it! It is quite heavy, but I find that playing it standing up is actually very comfortable. Sitting down, not so much.

These are very versatile tone-wise - besides the (passive) bass and treble controls, there is also a 3-position selector switch - I only use positions 2 & 3, 2 being "normal" to my ears and 3 heading more towards mudbucker country. Oh, and don't forget the pickup selector switch and phase switch! So the tonal possibilities are more than you could ask for. Sometimes this isn't a good thing, but I find that I don't have trouble getting a good sound out of it. I should note that I haven't used it with a full loud rock band, but it has been great in quieter settings. I think the aforementioned basvarken can comment more on using it live with a band.

Here's a couple of pics of mine to whet your appetite (or increase it?):

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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby davelowell » Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:43 am

Kebo's got one of those I'd love to pry from his hands...
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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby SpankyAndy2 » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:31 pm

Hi Mike,

Congrats on your Triumph purchase. I discovered FlyGuitars a while ago, and used it as a resource when I posted this thread. At the time I was desparate to buy the 1972 Triumph that Kebo had for sale, but when I contacted him, I was informed it had already been sold. I hope it's gone to a good home, it looked like a real beauty!

Cheers

Andy
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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby Dr. Greenthumb » Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:47 am

Hey Andy,

Mine is just the Les Paul Bass, not actually the Triumph, they are nearly exact execpt for a couple of features and control layout.

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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby fdmundo » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:24 pm

It's been my main axe since 1974, when I bought it new off-the-pegs at the Hollywood Guitar Center. For better or worse, I've always been a short-scale player, both pick and finger style. I liked how hi-fi the pickups were back then, and I still get great sounds from them. I leave the 3-way switch in the brightest position, and use neck pickup alone or both pickups together most of the time. I sometimes apply a hard felt mute between the bridge body and the strings on jazz gigs, or when recording. I also dig the fact that it has 24 frets. At that time, I think the only other bass with 24 frets was the Dano Longhorn, and it was too twangy for the kind of music I was making.

Yes, it's wicked heavy. I had a really wide strap made for it, but it still wears me down. Luckily, I get to sit down to play most of the time now!

If interested, here are some pics of the LP in action recording my last CD:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shinyobject/collections/72157601590760651/

I even featured the axe on the CD's cover:

http://www.fin-de-mundo.com/STWO.shtml

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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby Mike » Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:05 pm

I played one last week, as a matter of fact, and I really enjoyed it. I love the various tones I got, I dig the look, and I thought the feel was really cool. As you must know, it IS quite heavy, but what the hell!

I'll need to get one for my collection one day soon!

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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby SpankyAndy2 » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:47 pm

fdmundo wrote:It's been my main axe since 1974, when I bought it new off-the-pegs at the Hollywood Guitar Center. For better or worse, I've always been a short-scale player, both pick and finger style. I liked how hi-fi the pickups were back then, and I still get great sounds from them. I leave the 3-way switch in the brightest position, and use neck pickup alone or both pickups together most of the time. I sometimes apply a hard felt mute between the bridge body and the strings on jazz gigs, or when recording. I also dig the fact that it has 24 frets. At that time, I think the only other bass with 24 frets was the Dano Longhorn, and it was too twangy for the kind of music I was making.

Yes, it's wicked heavy. I had a really wide strap made for it, but it still wears me down. Luckily, I get to sit down to play most of the time now!

If interested, here are some pics of the LP in action recording my last CD:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shinyobject/collections/72157601590760651/

I even featured the axe on the CD's cover:

http://www.fin-de-mundo.com/STWO.shtml

- steve


Hi Steve,

Awesome post. I just took a look at the STWO link - beautiful album cover and story behind it (ie meeting Dawn). How special.

Thanks for sharing.

Andy
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Re: Anyone owned or played a Gibby Les Paul Triumph bass?

Postby fdmundo » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:34 pm

Thanks, Andy. We had a great time making the CD, and I still like all the tunes! That does not usually happen for me on an album project. Now if I could just sell a few more of 'em...

We recorded the LP bass on two tracks -- a DI signal and a miked small bass amp (Cube 30). About the only post-processing we did on the bass was a little gentle limiting on the DI track and adding just a bit more grit to the amp track with an amp simulator plugin.

- steve
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The Fretful Bassist Blog: http://stevepinkston.blogspot.com/
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