Better than I expected!
Best bass I have bought in years! Easy player on the hands!
By: Lee White from Canton, NC
Quality and Value. Get one while you can!
By: email@example.com from Nashville, TN, USA
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I don't know how Gibson expects to sell any SG Standard basses with this bass on the market. It's half the price of a Standard and the only differences are the finish and the inlays. And, try to find another Gibson USA guitar in this price range with a hard case. I have an ES-139 that cost close to $1500 that came with a gig bag.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
I've had a couple of Gibsons with quality control issues over the years, but this one is perfect.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
I'm a retired guitar player who now collects and plays for enjoyment. In my playing days I played bass when the bass player was singing lead. He's no Paul McCartney. I've always played short scale basses, mostly on an EB-0 starting in 1964. This neck is perfect for my hands. You need to go try one out to see if you like it, then buy one at AMS.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
As you know, there are many, many variable involved with the sound that you produce. I play classic rock and country. I've been able to get any tone I wanted from this little beauty.
How did the stain or paint job look?
I love matte finishes, and this one is perfect. (I got the chocolate).
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I was very surprised by the value of this bass. I found the SG Standard first and loved it. Then I saw one of these and thought 'Are you kidding me?'. The Special is half the price and the only differences are the finish and the inlays?! It's a "no brainer" unless you've got money to burn.
How was the action out of the box?
Very good action out of the box, but I didn't like the strings. I'm an old guy, so 10 minutes later with a new set of Rotosound flats I was good to go.