When it's your job to hold down the bottom end, you need an instrument capable of producing the kind of big, round bass heard when thunder rumbles across the Kansas plains. A bass with enough midrange punch to win a title fight and a top end smoother than the sands of a nuclear test site. These are Gibson basses. Iconic in both sight and sound, these tone monsters defy genre labels and make themselves at home in virtually any variety of music. And with many body designs based on Gibson's most recognizable guitars, there's no shortage of style. There's the SG bass, modeled after Gibson's all-time best seller, the thunderous Thunderbird, based on the radical curves of the Firebird, and the Les Paul bass inspired by that iconic design.