GIBSON MISCELLANEOUS BASS MODELS

These are the one-off, custom or short lived bass models that don't really fit anywhere else.

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GIBSON CONTINENTAL BASS (BAC5)

The CONTINENTAL BASS (BAC5) was introduced in 2005

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GIBSON EXPLORER BASS

GIBSON manufactured the EXPLORER BASS between 1984 and 1987

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GIBSON FLYING V BASS

GIBSON produced the FLYING V BASS between 1978 and 1982 - making around 300 to 400 instruments in this period.  Most of these were finished in black but some were alpine white, silverburst, or transparent blue.

In 2011, Gibson re-released the Flying V bass but it was discontinued again in late 2012. The reissues had mahogany bodies, short scale length (30.5 inches) and were finished in cherry.

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GIBSON G-3

GIBSON made the G-3 between 1976 and 1979

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GIBSON GIBSON V BASS

GIBSON manufactured the GIBSON V BASS between 1987 and 1989

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GIBSON GRABBER G-1

The GRABBER G-1 was made between 1976 and 1977

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GIBSON IV BASS

GIBSON produced the GIBSON IV BASS between 1987 and 1989. It had a mahogany body and neck with an ebony fingerboard, The pickups were two Thunderbird units. Gibson also released a 5 string bass with the same specs at the same time (the Gibson V Bass).  The Gibson IV is a forgotten gem often overlooked in discussions about Gibson basses. It's essentially a late 80s Thunderbird that is shaped like a Precision, with two extra frets.

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GIBSON LELAND SKLAR SIGNATURE BASS

Leland Sklar is a noted American session bass player, who started in the 1960s and is still going strong today.

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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)

GIBSON manufactured the Q-80 (Q-90) bass between 1987 and 1992

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GIBSON RD Artist Bass

The Gibson RD Artist Bass was made between 1977 and 1982. It was like the RD Standard Bass but had different pickups and electronics and an f-hole shaped headstock inlay.The four control knobs on the RD Artist bass were a volume for each pickup, a treble control, and a bass control. There were built in active compression, expansion and bright mode circuits - developed with the help of another Norlin owned company - Moog.

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GIBSON RD STANDARD BASS

Production of the RD STANDARD BASS began in 1977 and ended in 1980

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GIBSON RD-77

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GIBSON RIPPER L9-S

Production of the RIPPER L9-S began in 1973 and ended in 1982

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GIBSON SB 300

GIBSON manufactured the SB 300 between 1971 and 1973

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GIBSON SB 350

GIBSON made the SB 350 between 1972 and 1975

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GIBSON SB 400

GIBSON manufactured the SB 400 between 1971 and 1973

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GIBSON SB 450

GIBSON produced the SB 450 between 1972 and 1976

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GIBSON SG REISSUE BASS (BASG)

Manufacture of the SG REISSUE BASS (BASG) began in 2005

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GIBSON SG-Z (BAZ-)

GIBSON produced the SG-Z (BAZ-) between 1998 and 2001

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GIBSON VICTORY ARTIST

GIBSON produced the VICTORY ARTIST between 1981 and 1986

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GIBSON Victory Custom

GIBSON made the Victory Custom between 1982 and 1984

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GIBSON Victory Standard

GIBSON made the Victory Standard between 1981 and 1987

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsNumber of stringsMade inScale lengthFinish effects
GIBSON CONTINENTAL BASS (BAC5)
2005
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GIBSON EXPLORER BASS
1984 to 1987
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GIBSON FLYING V BASS
1978 to 1982
2011 to 2012
ebony finish, ivory finish, natural finish4 strings---
GIBSON G-3
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON GIBSON V BASS
1987 to 1989
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GIBSON GRABBER G-1
1976 to 1977
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GIBSON IV BASS
1987 to 1989
black finish, natural finish, red finish, white finish4 stringsUSA34 inches scale-length-
GIBSON LELAND SKLAR SIGNATURE BASS
1997 to 1998
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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
No image yetblack finish, ebony finish, red finish4 stringsUSA--
GIBSON RD Artist Bass
1977 to 1982
ebony finish, natural finish4 stringsUSA34.5 inches scale lengthsunburst finish
GIBSON RD STANDARD BASS
1977 to 1980
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GIBSON RD-77
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GIBSON RIPPER L9-S
1973 to 1982
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GIBSON SB 300
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 350
1972 to 1975
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GIBSON SB 400
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 450
1972 to 1976
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GIBSON SG REISSUE BASS (BASG)
2005
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GIBSON SG-Z (BAZ-)
1998 to 2001
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GIBSON VICTORY ARTIST
1981 to 1986
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GIBSON Victory Custom
1982 to 1984
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GIBSON Victory Standard
1981 to 1987
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ModelBody materialBody styleBody shape featuresPickguard material
GIBSON CONTINENTAL BASS (BAC5)
2005
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GIBSON EXPLORER BASS
1984 to 1987
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GIBSON FLYING V BASS
1978 to 1982
2011 to 2012
alder bodyV shaped body--
GIBSON G-3
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON GIBSON V BASS
1987 to 1989
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GIBSON GRABBER G-1
1976 to 1977
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GIBSON IV BASS
1987 to 1989
mahogany body-double cutaway-
GIBSON LELAND SKLAR SIGNATURE BASS
1997 to 1998
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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
alder body-asymmetrical body, double cutaway-
GIBSON RD Artist Bass
1977 to 1982
maple bodyFirebird style body-black pickguard
GIBSON RD STANDARD BASS
1977 to 1980
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GIBSON RD-77
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GIBSON RIPPER L9-S
1973 to 1982
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GIBSON SB 300
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 350
1972 to 1975
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GIBSON SB 400
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 450
1972 to 1976
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GIBSON SG REISSUE BASS (BASG)
2005
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GIBSON SG-Z (BAZ-)
1998 to 2001
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GIBSON VICTORY ARTIST
1981 to 1986
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GIBSON Victory Custom
1982 to 1984
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GIBSON Victory Standard
1981 to 1987
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ModelBridgeHardware colorTuners
GIBSON CONTINENTAL BASS (BAC5)
2005
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GIBSON EXPLORER BASS
1984 to 1987
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GIBSON FLYING V BASS
1978 to 1982
2011 to 2012
fixed bridgechrome hardware-
GIBSON G-3
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON GIBSON V BASS
1987 to 1989
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GIBSON GRABBER G-1
1976 to 1977
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GIBSON IV BASS
1987 to 1989
Schaller roller bridge, fixed bridgeblack hardwareSchaller tuners
GIBSON LELAND SKLAR SIGNATURE BASS
1997 to 1998
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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
fixed bridgechrome hardware-
GIBSON RD Artist Bass
1977 to 1982
tune-o-matic bridgenickel hardware-
GIBSON RD STANDARD BASS
1977 to 1980
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GIBSON RD-77
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GIBSON RIPPER L9-S
1973 to 1982
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GIBSON SB 300
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 350
1972 to 1975
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GIBSON SB 400
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 450
1972 to 1976
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GIBSON SG REISSUE BASS (BASG)
2005
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GIBSON SG-Z (BAZ-)
1998 to 2001
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GIBSON VICTORY ARTIST
1981 to 1986
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GIBSON Victory Custom
1982 to 1984
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GIBSON Victory Standard
1981 to 1987
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ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
GIBSON CONTINENTAL BASS (BAC5)
2005
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GIBSON EXPLORER BASS
1984 to 1987
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GIBSON FLYING V BASS
1978 to 1982
2011 to 2012
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GIBSON G-3
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON GIBSON V BASS
1987 to 1989
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GIBSON GRABBER G-1
1976 to 1977
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GIBSON IV BASS
1987 to 1989
pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboardoffset dot fingerboard position markers
GIBSON LELAND SKLAR SIGNATURE BASS
1997 to 1998
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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GIBSON RD Artist Bass
1977 to 1982
pearl fingerboard inlay material-dot fingerboard position markers
GIBSON RD STANDARD BASS
1977 to 1980
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GIBSON RD-77
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GIBSON RIPPER L9-S
1973 to 1982
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GIBSON SB 300
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 350
1972 to 1975
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GIBSON SB 400
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 450
1972 to 1976
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GIBSON SG REISSUE BASS (BASG)
2005
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GIBSON SG-Z (BAZ-)
1998 to 2001
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GIBSON VICTORY ARTIST
1981 to 1986
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GIBSON Victory Custom
1982 to 1984
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GIBSON Victory Standard
1981 to 1987
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ModelNeck materialNumber of fretsPeghead (headstock)Tuner layoutNeck jointHeadstock inlays or logos
GIBSON CONTINENTAL BASS (BAC5)
2005
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GIBSON EXPLORER BASS
1984 to 1987
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GIBSON FLYING V BASS
1978 to 1982
2011 to 2012
maple neck21 fretblack face headstocktwo-each-side--
GIBSON G-3
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON GIBSON V BASS
1987 to 1989
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GIBSON GRABBER G-1
1976 to 1977
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GIBSON IV BASS
1987 to 1989
mahogany neck22 fretblack face headstocktwo-each-sideset neck-
GIBSON LELAND SKLAR SIGNATURE BASS
1997 to 1998
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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
maple neck22 fretblack face headstockfour-in-a-row tunersbolt on neck-
GIBSON RD Artist Bass
1977 to 1982
maple neck20 fretwinged headstocktwo-each-sideset neckpearl headstock inlay/logo
GIBSON RD STANDARD BASS
1977 to 1980
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GIBSON RD-77
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GIBSON RIPPER L9-S
1973 to 1982
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GIBSON SB 300
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 350
1972 to 1975
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GIBSON SB 400
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 450
1972 to 1976
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GIBSON SG REISSUE BASS (BASG)
2005
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GIBSON SG-Z (BAZ-)
1998 to 2001
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GIBSON VICTORY ARTIST
1981 to 1986
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GIBSON Victory Custom
1982 to 1984
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GIBSON Victory Standard
1981 to 1987
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ModelPickups configurationPickups brand and modelPreamp
GIBSON CONTINENTAL BASS (BAC5)
2005
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GIBSON EXPLORER BASS
1984 to 1987
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GIBSON FLYING V BASS
1978 to 1982
2011 to 2012
2 humbucker pickups--
GIBSON G-3
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON GIBSON V BASS
1987 to 1989
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GIBSON GRABBER G-1
1976 to 1977
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GIBSON IV BASS
1987 to 1989
2 humbucker pickups--
GIBSON LELAND SKLAR SIGNATURE BASS
1997 to 1998
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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
2 humbucker pickups--
GIBSON RD Artist Bass
1977 to 1982
2 pickupsGibson Series V pickup(s)active preamp
GIBSON RD STANDARD BASS
1977 to 1980
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GIBSON RD-77
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GIBSON RIPPER L9-S
1973 to 1982
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GIBSON SB 300
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 350
1972 to 1975
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GIBSON SB 400
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 450
1972 to 1976
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GIBSON SG REISSUE BASS (BASG)
2005
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GIBSON SG-Z (BAZ-)
1998 to 2001
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GIBSON VICTORY ARTIST
1981 to 1986
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GIBSON Victory Custom
1982 to 1984
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GIBSON Victory Standard
1981 to 1987
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ModelTone controlsVolume controlsPickup selector controls
GIBSON CONTINENTAL BASS (BAC5)
2005
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GIBSON EXPLORER BASS
1984 to 1987
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GIBSON FLYING V BASS
1978 to 1982
2011 to 2012
1 tone control1 volume control-
GIBSON G-3
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON GIBSON V BASS
1987 to 1989
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GIBSON GRABBER G-1
1976 to 1977
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GIBSON IV BASS
1987 to 1989
1 tone control2 volume controls-
GIBSON LELAND SKLAR SIGNATURE BASS
1997 to 1998
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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
1 tone control2 volume controls-
GIBSON RD Artist Bass
1977 to 1982
2 tone controls2 volume controls2 selector switches
GIBSON RD STANDARD BASS
1977 to 1980
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GIBSON RD-77
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GIBSON RIPPER L9-S
1973 to 1982
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GIBSON SB 300
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 350
1972 to 1975
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GIBSON SB 400
1971 to 1973
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GIBSON SB 450
1972 to 1976
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GIBSON SG REISSUE BASS (BASG)
2005
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GIBSON SG-Z (BAZ-)
1998 to 2001
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GIBSON VICTORY ARTIST
1981 to 1986
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GIBSON Victory Custom
1982 to 1984
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GIBSON Victory Standard
1981 to 1987
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