Gibson was started by Orville
Gibson in 1890. Back then there were no electric instruments,
everything was acoustic and at this stage Gibson was making
Mandolins. An electric bass to have the Gibson name would
not exist until the year 1953.
In 1953 Gibson introduced their first electric bass guitar
to the market. The Gibson
EB-1. It's body was shaped like a fiddle or violin.
Gibson had to compete with Fender a battle that still goes
on to this day. Being that it was the first electric Gibson
bass ever made, you can bet that is one of the most expensive.
1958 was the year that the second electric bass guitar by
Gibson was released. The Gibson
EB-2. The Gibson archtop Es335 had become so
popular that they decided a bass counterpart would be a good
idea. It was discontinued three years later but was reintroduced
1959 would be the winning year. This was the first year of
the Gibson EB-0.
An electric bass guitar that would change music history and
become one of the best selling Gibson bass guitars of all
In 1961 Gibson brought out another electric bass guitar that
would become a classic. The Gibson
EB-3. Do you see a pattern to the names here?
In it's 18 years of production Gibson produced around 15000
In 1963 Gibson had to o something about the success that
Fender electric bass guitars was having. Once again the war
rode on as Gibson Introduced the mighty Gibson
Thunderbird. With it the war was on and the Thunderbird
has proven to be a worthy adversary.
Six years later in 1969 Gibson introduces the Les
Paul Bass. This heavy electric bass guitar was
mostly used for studio recordings. It's tone can not be compared
to any other bass guitar ever produced.
In 1971, the Gibson Les Paul bass was made much lighter and
dubbed the Gibson
Les Paul Triumph Bass. The Sb
series of electric bass was also introduced.
1972 rolls around and yet another electric bass find it's
way to the market. The Gibson
EB-4. It featured a super humbucking pickup which
was supposed to achieve much different tones.
In 1973 Gibson really started cranking out some electric
bass guitars. This year three new models were added to the
lineup. The Gibson
Grabber G1, Gibson
Ripper and Gibson
Les Paul Signature. Someone was busy, weren't
It would be four years before a new model was introduced.
In 1977 they gave us the Gibson
RD Artist. This was the first "active"
Gibson Bass guitar.
1981 Gibson introduced the Gibson
Victory Bass. Was it a victory in the war between
rivals? You be the judge. After all when companies compete
with each other we usually benefit with more choices and better