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Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass   

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

Order today and play a unique and classic instrument.

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Gibson2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass
 
4.7

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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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)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great bass -the limited faded Cherry one

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...Read complete review

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Love my SG

I love my new SG. It's light weight and with such a smooth action it's a pleasure to play for four hours on stage. My American Fender's a great guitar too but killed my...Read complete review

I love my new SG. It's light weight and with such a smooth action it's a pleasure to play for four hours on stage. My American Fender's a great guitar too but killed my back lugging it around all night. My only criticism of my Gibson is the thick lacquer paint (I bought a white one) which slows me down a bit when flying up and down the neck.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My first bass!

    By Scott-80QdK

    from St. Louis

    Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

    I'm 38, and have been playing drums in punk, garage, and surf bands from 17 years. I've always wanted to play bass, and decided to pull the trigger and learn 2 weeks ago. My bass of choice? The SG reissue. I've been lusting over SG basses since I became I musician. I promised myself if I ever learned to play, I'd by an SG. Why? Well, I'm only 5'7", and have short arms - the short scale is a big plus for me. I also have a bad back, and the light weight suits me well. And the sound. I love the SG sound. Ok, the price... I was lucky enough that I could afford it, but only because I mentioned to the guy at the store that I noticed that they had raised the price on the SG since January. Well, he gave me a deal at the old price. Anyway, yeah, if you're tired of playing something that sounds like a Fender P or JM, try the SG.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great bass -the limited faded Cherry one

    By Eddie O

    from Portola Valley, 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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A lot different than a Fender!

    By Veteran bassist

    from Chicago

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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)

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Killer Bass!

    By Tubehed

    from Westminster, CA

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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
      • 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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      IT'S ALL GIBSON!

      By DON JENNINGS

      from Lewisville,TX

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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
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

        I love this bass! I started out with an Ibanez bass and it was good, but this Gibson is so much easier to play. It has great feel and of course a fast GIBSON neck. I put Thomastik-Infeld flat wound jazz strings on it and it just sounds awesome! I would have had to make some adjustments had I left the original strings on it, but I put what I like on it and never had to make an adjustment! I agree with the reviewer that stated that the finish on the neck makes going up and down the neck a little slower, but I keep a little powder on hand to help with that. I've never played a bass I like any better than this one. If I were to buy a full scale I would get a Fender P-Bass, but I don't need one. Great Bass!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gibson SG Standard Bass Review

            By Albatross

            from Milwaukee, WI

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            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.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            romerbassman

            By romerbass

            from dallas

            Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Standard 4-String Bass:

            this is a good bass if you play 50's,and 60's and 70's. If you want good bottom end and easy playing this bass rocks. Perfect for blues. But not good if you play all kinds of music. If you want to play funk style this bass will not perform like a jazz fender,music man or warwick. I play in 2 different bands and play every weekend. The SG is not versatile enough for different sounds even if you use pedals. But, I would never sell it just in case I want to play some cream,mountain or old beatles. I own a 5 string carvin,warwick,fender and i play through gk amps.. out of all basses i recommend the war....

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