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Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass Heritage Cherry Chrome Hardware

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The Gibson 2013 SG Reissue Bass brings back Gibson's classic dual-pickup SG bass from the '70s! The reissue bass has the 30-1/2" short scale of the o...Read More

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The small, fast bass.

The Gibson 2013 SG Reissue Bass brings back Gibson's classic dual-pickup SG bass from the '70s! The reissue bass has the 30-1/2" short scale of the original, as well as its slim, fast neck. Mahogany body and neck. The Gibson SG Reissue Bass features a vintage-style TB neck humbucker pickup and a mini-humbucker at the bridge for wide tonal range. Gibson includes a hardshell case with the reissue SG Standard Bass.

3-Way Adjustable Bridge
Gibson's innovative 3-way adjustable bridge is the standard for simplicity and functionality. It provides you with the ability to adjust and fine-tune the height of the SG Standard Bass' strings in all directions—front, back, and side-to-side. This gives the bridge a floating feature, thus allowing the bass to be equipped with a variety of string gauges and multiple set-up options.

The SG Reissue bass's legendary resonance, tone, and sustain is the result of anchoring the bridge directly into the body at its 3 adjustable points, providing a firm seating for the strings and yielding a strong union between the strings and the body. Readily accessible screws make setting the intonation simple. To this day, Gibson's 3-way adjustable bridge remains an industry standard. It is the epitome of form and function in bass guitar bridge design.

Set-Neck Construction
Like all classic Gibson guitars, the necks on the SG Standard Basses are distinguished by one of the more traditional features that have always set them apart—a glued neck joint. Gluing the neck to the body of the guitar insures a "wood-to-wood" contact, no air space in the neck cavity, and maximum contact between the neck and body, allowing the neck and body to function as a single unit. The result? Better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks.

Vintage-Style TB and TB Mini Humbuckers
The pickups on the early Gibson basses of the 1960s remained unchanged for many years, undergoing only minor cosmetic modifications from time to time, but staying true to the originals' sonic characteristics. The pickups in today's SG Standard Bass—the vintage-style TB Plus humbucker and TB mini humbucker—are wax-potted and capture and recreate the classic attributes of those early Gibson basses. The TB plus humbucker in the neck is a traditional hum-cancelling bass pickup with a full frequency, heavy-bottom sound, similar to pickups with a passive EQ. The EB mini humbucker in the bridge is traditionally smaller but packs a sweet punch with exceptional mid-range presence. This combination makes the SG Standard Bass a versatile instrument with a wide range of tonal possibilities.

20-Fret Rosewood Fingerboard
Rosewood has always graced the fingerboards of the world's finest stringed instruments, including many of today's Gibson guitars and basses. The fingerboard on the Gibson SG Standard Bass is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on the planet. The rosewood is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enters the factories to be fitted onto the neck of the SG Standard Bass. The resilience of this dense and durable wood makes the fingerboards extremely balanced and stable, and gives each note unparalleled clarity and bite.

FEATURES Body
  • Style SG
  • Species Mahogany
Hardware
  • Plating Finish Chrome
  • Tailpiece Three Point Adjustable Bass Bridge
  • Tuners Shamrock Bass
Electronics
  • Neck Pickup SG Bass
  • Bridge Pickup SG Bass
  • Pickup Covers Yes
  • Controls 2 Volume - 1 Tone
  • Control Knobs Black Top hats with Silver Inserts
  • Control Pocket Cover Black Molded
  • Pickguard SG bass pickguard
Neck
  • Species Mahogany
  • Nut Corian
  • Nut Width 1.600" +/- .050"
  • Headstock Inlay Mother of Pearl Gibson Logo + Holly
  • Truss Rod Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Truss Rod Cover Bell-shaped cover, stamped "SG"
Fingerboard
  • Fingerboard Species Rosewood
  • Inlays Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
  • Number of Frets 20

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Gibson2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass
 
4.7

(based on 54 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Rock concerts (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Small venues (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

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Gibson SG Standard Bass Review

I love this bass! The only downside of the Gibson SG Standard Bass is the price. To own a Gibson product, you do have to pay for the name. But in return you...Read complete review

I love this bass! The only downside of the Gibson SG Standard Bass is the price. To own a Gibson product, you do have to pay for the name. But in return you get high quality, as well as great resale value in case you would ever sell it down the road. Gibsons re-sell for much more than any other brand name, and if you keep it in good shape, certain Gibsons increase in value rather than decrease.
About this guitar....I've heard about Gibson quality not being what it used to, but I personally haven't experienced that. I find the finish and overall appearance to be top notch. The wood quality is stupendous. I believe Gibson uses the best wood of any guitar company. I like that they have a separate volume switch for the two pickups, so I can blend them according to my tastes.
The bass came pretty much ready to play. I tuned it up and plugged it in, and it sounded fabulous. The only adjustment I made is that I did lower the action slightly to make it an easier touch. Aside from that, the neck was straight and no other alterations were needed. Although the picture on MF web site shows dot inlays on the fretboard, mine actually has the trapazoid inlays, which look very sharp. The head is also slightly different than what they have pictured, as mine has the Gibson crown, and the one pictured doesn't have it. Not sure why MF doesn't use the correct picture, but I asked them about this when I bought it, to make sure I was getting the version that I wanted.
The hard shell case is typical Gibson quality. Their guitars are world renowned, but the cases they give are also a step above what most other guitar companies will give you.
In comparison to the Gibson SG faded bass that's available for a lower price, I've heard that the finish comes off on your cloth when you polish it, or if you're sweating, it can stain your hand. I assume they play just as well, or nearly as well, but I'd say if you can afford the few hundred extra, go for the Standard and get the best quality right off the bat. You'll be happier with it, if you can afford it.

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Great sounding bass, but poorly made.

I've wanted this bass for years, but have now been through two of them - one is a crack in the wood at the neck joint, and another with a crack in the nitro...Read complete review

I've wanted this bass for years, but have now been through two of them - one is a crack in the wood at the neck joint, and another with a crack in the nitro finish. Overall the fit and finish of these basses was not great, for exampl a prety ratty neck edge on both. Really disapointed, and the thrill of owning a Gibson is gone.... likely forever.
On a plus, played like a dream and sounded great.

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5.0

What An Incredible Bass! - A Bargain!

By Musicman971997

from California

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Light And Easy To Play
  • Quality construction
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

    My first bass was an Epiphone SG copy, it looked just like this Gibson, and it taught me how to play the bass guitar. When I saw the Gibson on sale, I had to have it. Musician's Friend came through for me again. These SG's are so very easy to play- as the weight is nothing, you can play it all night and not have a sore back from lugging it around on stage. This is a fact: If there was a better bass, Gibson would build it. They haven't changed a thing since the 60's, and I'm glad about that. The pickups are deep and/or bright as you choose between neck and bridge, despite what people might lead you to believe, Gibson "mudbuckers" get a bad rep. These sound excellent! If you want brighter modern snappier pickup tone, then you may want to buy a Musicman Stingray bass with active pickups. (I own both) - it's a completely different beast. But if you want a classic 60's sound, the Gibson SG is what you want to play. Good enough for Jack Bruce and Cream, good enough for me. It's all the bass anyone should even need, and for me- there's nothing that can touch it. It has no flaws, it's a working man's go-to bass. No regrets. Not a single one. I could not be happier with this SG. You need to own one. or two... I am going to buy a second as a spare. If you don't own one, I feel sorry for you.

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    5.0

    A true Gibson

    By Taxlaw1

    from Metuchen, NJ

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

      Great value. Cheap price, champagne quality. A true Gibson!

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      5.0

      Stunningly beautiful

      By G- Man

      from New Orleans, Louisiana

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

        Very fast and sleek, I bought a blemished unit and found only a very small spot.Its beautiful

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great bass -the limited faded Cherry one

        By Eddie O

        from Northern CA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

        I bought the limited edition 2013 faded cherry SG Bass. My band already has a vintage Gibson EB0, so we knew what to expect with this one. Its dimensions are identical, with only the pearl headstock decorations being pained instead on the 2013. Also, the gold Gibson "crown" is not present on the 2013.

        Th addition of the bridge pickup on the SG is a welcome improvement, similar to vintage EB3 basses (like the ones Jack Bruce used).It allowed you to dial in more "definition" to the traditional EB0 tonality, or dial in more "deep" to just using the bridge pickup.

        The feel is identical, and we happen to like the satin finish of the special edition faded cherry, especially on the neck. I'm a fan of satin finished necks on guitars and basses rather than shiny urethane. Your preferences may vary.

        I got mine as a "blem," and the only blemishes were almost unnoticeable belt scratches on the back. Other than that, it was perfect (but see below).

        The "quality" downrating was that from the factory, the wire enabling the bridge pickup was cold soldered to its volume pot. Since the bass was sent to MF, then to the first customer, back to MF, and then to me, the wire finally shook loose enough to be intermittent. When I opened the back, the wire was basically disconnected. Five minutes later with some silver solder, voila! all as perfect again.

        The bass arrived with good intonation, a reasonable setup action, etc. I'd recommend this bass either as a new one, or if MF has another blemished return, get that and save some money!

        We are playing it through a TC BH500 head and TC 4x10 + 2x12 cabs, as well as direct from the BH500 XLR output to the board for recording.

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        4.0

        A lot different than a Fender!

        By Fender guy

        from Illinois

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Light Weight

        Cons

        • Don't Like The Strap Hook

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

        It's a Gibson, what can I say! Nice tone and easy to play. It's my first short scale bass. I've always played a Fender J or P, for over 50 years! Now that I'm older, I wanted something a bit lighter than my J bass. This SG is perfect.
        In the future I plan on some modifications: Hipshot bridge, Split coil neck pick-up and some lighter strings (40-90)

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Still own my 1965 Gibson EBO

        By KGZ

        from US Central Coast

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 1960's Rock
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

          In the 1960's SG was the Sixstring. I dont know why started calling it the sg as the single pickup. was the EBO Electric Bass. and the EB-3 (Jack Bruce) was the Two pick up. for me i kept both mine a 1965 Cherry Red one. and in 1967 i bought a White one. i played Bass in a Blues Rock type English Group. and Still love mine and as my first ever bass was a stand up. i love the deep punchy tones. give a listen to The Nazz and hear Carson Van Osten playing. to hear what they sounded back in the day. also yes the new ones are nothing like the old ones. but then again. nothing today is the quality it was then. at least the finish is Nitro not car paint.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Overall a great deal, purchased

          By Bass Balls 377

          from New Hampshire

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

            It was advertised as a 2013, it is really a 2012 model, as engraved on the back of the head stock. Bridge pick up did not work at first. Tightened the cover & I let it warm up. So far so good, it has worked after the fix. This was a used/second bass purchase. The finish is excellent except fot the one minimal finish flaw shown in the pictures, before I purchased this bass. Overall the Gibson SG Standard Bass, is everything I hoped it would be. I will purchase more items from Musician's Friend in the future.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gibson SG Standard Bass Review

            By Albatross

            from Milwaukee, WI

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Finish
            • Good Tone
            • High Quality
            • Inlays
            • Neck
            • Tone

            Cons

            • High Price

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Live Performance
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

            I love this bass! The only downside of the Gibson SG Standard Bass is the price. To own a Gibson product, you do have to pay for the name. But in return you get high quality, as well as great resale value in case you would ever sell it down the road. Gibsons re-sell for much more than any other brand name, and if you keep it in good shape, certain Gibsons increase in value rather than decrease.
            About this guitar....I've heard about Gibson quality not being what it used to, but I personally haven't experienced that. I find the finish and overall appearance to be top notch. The wood quality is stupendous. I believe Gibson uses the best wood of any guitar company. I like that they have a separate volume switch for the two pickups, so I can blend them according to my tastes.
            The bass came pretty much ready to play. I tuned it up and plugged it in, and it sounded fabulous. The only adjustment I made is that I did lower the action slightly to make it an easier touch. Aside from that, the neck was straight and no other alterations were needed. Although the picture on MF web site shows dot inlays on the fretboard, mine actually has the trapazoid inlays, which look very sharp. The head is also slightly different than what they have pictured, as mine has the Gibson crown, and the one pictured doesn't have it. Not sure why MF doesn't use the correct picture, but I asked them about this when I bought it, to make sure I was getting the version that I wanted.
            The hard shell case is typical Gibson quality. Their guitars are world renowned, but the cases they give are also a step above what most other guitar companies will give you.
            In comparison to the Gibson SG faded bass that's available for a lower price, I've heard that the finish comes off on your cloth when you polish it, or if you're sweating, it can stain your hand. I assume they play just as well, or nearly as well, but I'd say if you can afford the few hundred extra, go for the Standard and get the best quality right off the bat. You'll be happier with it, if you can afford it.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Great sounding bass, but poorly made.

            By bass 1923

            from California

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

            I've wanted this bass for years, but have now been through two of them - one is a crack in the wood at the neck joint, and another with a crack in the nitro finish. Overall the fit and finish of these basses was not great, for exampl a prety ratty neck edge on both. Really disapointed, and the thrill of owning a Gibson is gone.... likely forever.
            On a plus, played like a dream and sounded great.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Killer Bass!

            By Tubehed

            from Westminster, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

              Being mainly a guitar player and having smaller hands, I have a fondness for short scale basses. I also have a fondness for Gibson's and the iconic SG body shape. Gotta love that cherry finish, too!

              This is the ideal bass for me. The neck is easier to play than any short or full scale bass I've owned or tried. The body is comfortable and lightweight. Also, this bass is not as neck-heavy as I thought it would be.

              In keeping with Gibson bass tradition, the neck pickup is very "phat" sounding but has much more clarity than the "mudbuckers" in the old EB-0 and EB-3 basses. The bridge pickup is a bit thin and bright for my tastes by itself but sounds really nice when blended with the neck PUP. I usually run the neck PUP full up with the bridge PUP at about 8 or 9 so I get all the fullness of the full-size 'bucker and the added bite and growl of the mini. Both PUP's sound great all the way up, too.

              The tuners are high quality Grover's, the pickups are well designed and the overall fit and finish is very good. The 3-point bridge is functional, but I would recommend replacing it with a Hipshot Supertone. The Supertone functions, sounds and looks better than the stock bridge and, in my opinion, is worth the price. That is the only thing I would change on this bass.

              The SG Bass Faded is a tempting option, since it is basically the same instrument but with a matte finish and costs less. But, man!, when you see the high gloss version next to the faded, the extra cash seems worth it in the end.

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