Up for sale, a 1982 Gibson Victory Standard bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced from 1981 to 1986, the Victory Bass has aesthetics that are distinctively "80s," with the traditional tonewood combination of a solid mahogany body paired with a three-piece maple neck and slab rosewood fretboard. Weighing an impressive 11lbs 13oz, this bass has a deep natural resonance with ample muscle and sustain. The single angled Series VIIIB humbucker channels a commanding, thick, low end response with incredibly rich mids and a cutting top end, accentuated by a set of very taut roundwound 45-105 strings. This bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with spot-on intonation and comfortable action.
The maple neck has a medium C shape at the nut with modest shoulder and lightly rolled edges on the thick slab rosewood fretboard, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and graduating to .955” at the 12th. The fretboard features offset pearl dot inlay with a full 34" scale and two octave range, with an angled fretboard edge paralleling the diagonally oriented pickup. The stock slender frets are intact with light, uniform wear on the crowns of frets 2-7 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, a triangular Standard truss rod cover, gold Gibson Victory Bass silkscreen, and set of chrome Gibson-branded, Schaller-made tuners are present, with a particularly smooth gear ratio and reliable response.
The straightforward electronics work as they should, with Volume and Tone controls for the single stock VIIIB humbucker as well as the original series/parallel mini toggle for added versatility. The pickup baseplate is stamped with an August, 1981 date, and the CTS pots date back to 1977, common with the earliest Victory basses which often have pot codes from 1977-78. The pair of black speed knobs are modern replacements. The stock hardware is in great shape including the Gibson-embossed Schaller-made bridge which offers plenty of mass (fitted with a modern set of Schaller saddles), and the original four-bolt neck plate, etched with the Gibson name and flower graphic. The clear coat on the nitro lacquer Silver metalflake finish has aged to a golden hue, and cosmetic wear includes light finish wear adjacent to the forward strap button on the bass side body horn and some scuffing in the clear coat across the back, along with some assorted small dings and nicks. The neck profile retains the original deeply ambered nitro lacquer gloss with only a few small scattered marks on the shoulders.