2011 Gibson Les Paul Standard Bass Oversized (BA11). Heritage Cherry Burst.

The Blue Book Says:

– single cutaway oversized Les Paul-style chambered mahogany body, set mahogany Les Paul Bass profile neck, 20-fret baked maple (appears dark) fingerboard with figured acrylic trapezoid inlays, Les Paul Bass-style headstock with black overlay and MOP logo, two-per-side Grover bass tuners, tune-o-matic bass bridge, stop tailpiece, no pickguard, two TB+ humbucker pickups, four vintage amber top hat knobs (two v, tone), three-way pickup switch, chrome hardware, available in Gold Top with Natural back and sides, Heritage Cherry Sunburst with Natural back and sides, or Ebony finish, 34 in. scale, 1.6 in. nut width, hardshell case included, mfg. 2011-12.

I Say:

In the past I’ve had a few Gibson basses, Thunderbird, Grabber, IV etc, and have found the sound only really good for subby, wooly, dubby type stuff.  This bass may just have altered all that.  The two Humbucker pickups give this a much brighter and percussive edge – but still with that great low.

Cosmetically the guitar only shows the most minor of marks to the lacquer, a couple of pick scrapes in-between the pickups, and some very minor buckle rash on the rear.  The lacquer on the neck is unmarked.

The baked maple fretboard is really good to play, is unmarked, and if I hadn’t read the spec in the “Blue Book” I would have said it was Rosewood.  The frets are nicely polished and unmarked.

The strings are in good condition and hold their tuning well due to the Kluson machine heads.

The case is in good condition  – only a couple of minor scratches.

The 34″ scale length automatically made me slap on a long strap and play the guitar near my knees – running through old Joy Division bass lines 🙂