Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Bass - Goldtop

4-string Semi-hollowbody Electric Bass with Maple Laminate Top, Back, and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Bound Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Custom Humbucking Pickups - Goldtop
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Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Bass - Goldtop
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Semi-hollowbody Bass with Classic Les Paul Vibe

The Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Bass gives you Les Paul quality, in a semi-hollowbody 4-string bass form! The Les Paul has been one of the finest electric guitars for 60 years, and the ES-Les Paul Bass allows bass players to join the ranks of Les Paul lovers everywhere. A semi-hollowbody body gives this bass fat tone and big punch, captured perfectly by a pair of Gibson's finest bass humbuckers. And when it comes to playability, the rosewood-topped short-scale mahogany neck delivers the fast and smooth action you expect from a Gibson instrument.

Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Solidbody Electric Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Traditional Les Paul style with a semi-hollow twist
  • Short scale length provides amazing tone and playability
  • Bass humbuckers deliver earth-shaking bass tone
Traditional Les Paul style with a semi-hollow twist

The legendary look and style of the Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul bass is instantly recognizable. That's why people will look twice when they catch a glimpse of this astounding bass. From its elegantly proportional body size to its traditional stopbar/Tune-o-matic bridge, the Les Paul Bass gives you the real Les Paul look and feel you crave, in a 4-string format you'll love to play! The most unique aspect of the Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul bass is its semi-hollowbody construction. The body is made from 3-ply maple/poplar/maple laminate just like the ES-335. The center block of the bass helps eliminate unwanted feedback. This classic body design gives you the punch and sustain you want from a bass without the feedback of a full hollowbody.

Short scale length provides amazing tone and playability

The short scale length of this Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul bass guitar's neck makes it easier to navigate the fretboard and is perfect for guitar players moonlighting on bass and players with smaller hands. But did you know that the scale length of a guitar or bass has a direct impact on its tone? The harmonics your bass guitar generates are spaced along the strings, based on the length of the strings. Shorter strings mean the harmonics are packed in tighter, giving any note you play more harmonic richness than a longer scale would. Just plug this ES-Les Paul bass into your amp, and you'll see what we mean as notes come alive and cut through the mix without becoming overbearing.

Bass humbuckers deliver earth-shaking bass tone

For big bass tone, the Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul bass comes with a pair of custom bass humbuckers. Gibson designed the bridge pickups with Alnico II magnets to give you punch and big output. The neck pickup houses Alnico III magnets for a fat, vintage tone. Your band will love the huge, full sound and tight bottom end from your Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul bass. Take it from Sweetwater's bass players - the Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul bass can lay down the low end.

Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Solidbody Electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • A semi-hollowbody Les Paul model for bass players
  • Short scale length is comfortable and provides fast action
  • Traditional ES-335 body build with maple centerblock to fight feedback
  • Dual custom humbuckers capture big, fat bass tone
  • Traditional Les Paul hardware, including an ABR-1 tailpiece/bridge with titanium saddles
  • Traditional Les Paul-style peghead and fingerboard inlays
  • Gloss lacquer finish for a stunning appearance
The Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul semi-hollowbody electric bass gives you the look, feel, and style of a Les Paul in bass form!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape ES-LP Bass
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Goldtop
Body Material 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Body Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Rounded C
Fingerboard Material Torrefied Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Trapezoid
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 30.2"
Nut Width 1.765"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece ABR-1 Bridge
Tuners Hipshot Ultralite
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup MHS Bass Humbucker
Bridge Pickup MHS Bass Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number BALP16GTNH1

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Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Gold Top Bass

Okay....this is a 2nd Part from my recent 1st.... The people at Sweetwater all made this possible. I wish to say my sales rep Joe James has my sincere thanks and appreciation for getting this awesome bass to me with added "finesse ". I rely on Joe to get the job done....and he is always on top. Best you could ask for. Thanks to all of you.

Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Bass Goldtop

I have to say this bass does have the "cat's Meow". I own Hofner German, Hofner Asian, '67 Hagstrom 4B II basses and this is my first Gibson bass. I was attracted to the gold top right off and playing this instrument just blew my mind. I love the selectivity with the switch as it is set. This action is so smooth and low I love it. I have been playing nonpro since the mid sixties, and this bass comes along now....Oh yeah...great to play and feel and the sound is mellow to my liking. BTW...I did contact Gibson on this model to learn exactly what strings are installed on this bad boy because the specs do not tell you what "brand" comes on it. They are as quoted from Gibson CS: " This comes with D’Addario Chromes, # ECB81M medium scale." E: 0.100" A: 0.080" D: 0.065" G: 0.045" I may experiment with other brands as I have done with my Hofner basses, but these sound nice. This bass is a Class Act from Gibson all the way.
Music background: Semi-pro; musical hobbiest; 60's rock
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