Up for sale, a 1974 Gibson Les Paul Signature Bass in collector-grade, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the rarer Gibson models of the '70s with only 627 instruments produced in total across its seven year run, the Les Paul Signature is a unique bass in many respects. Designed with direct involvement from the man himself, Les Paul, the Signature model is a long scale instrument with maple semi-hollow body construction, dual outputs (Hi and Lo impedance) and a low impedance pickup.
Ingenious in its construction, the Les Paul Signature does have a maple center block attached to the back to reduce feedback, yet there's purposeful space between the top and the block so that the top can vibrate freely and produce a tonal breadth more in-line with a fully hollow bass. The single humbucking pickup yields a broad, smooth thump with good string-to-string balance and a sweet treble growl thanks in part to the roundwound strings. The three-way rotary Level knob was designed to match the instrument's tone with different amplifiers: the three settings are 50 (strongest signal, heaviest bass), 200 (increased upper midrange and treble frequencies, reduced fundamental) and 500 (maximum treble and reduced fundamental characteristics). Lightweight and lively at 8lbs 10oz, this Les Paul Signature Bass is strung with 45-100 strings, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with full shoulders in every register and more roundness and overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. On the rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets have well-rounded crowns and show virtually no wear. The scale length is a full 34", and the nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The nickel-plated tuners show only light surface patina, and the serial number is in the 700,000 range, indicative of an instrument from 1973-74 (1974 being the primary year of production for the Signature model).
The electronics function flawlessly, and the hardware has gleaming chrome plating on the three-point bridge and bridge cover (complete with original spacers). Original plastics include the Gibson-embossed pickup cover and trio of speed knobs. The Goldtop gloss nitro lacquer finish is in remarkable shape, with broad lacquer checking on top and fainter checking on the back. Cosmetic wear is limited to some small dings, largely relegated to the back, with sparingly little additional wear. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear.
The original form-fit black tolex hardshell case is equally as clean as the bass, with functional latches and the original handle.