The Gibson Bass Book

Rated 4.95 out of 5 based on 39 customer ratings
(39 customer reviews)

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A brandnew book with 180 pages full of Gibson bass guitars.

More than 80 different Gibson bass models are featured with unique photographs and descriptions.

Paperback. Pages printed in full colour on Machine Coated paper

By Rob van den Broek

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Weight 930 g
Dimensions 35 x 25 x 1.5 cm

39 reviews for The Gibson Bass Book

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Am I happy? No! Am over a cloud! My dream came true! Thanx a lot for this beautiful historical route!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great book.
    Very well documented and resourced information. This book covers the full history to date of the ‘Gibson bass guitar’ through its amazingly detailed pictures and well researched information.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    A fantastic book, very nice photos, lots of information, a real work of passionate. A must have. Thanks to the author!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    At last a book that covers the history of the Gibson bass, so many others just brush them aside. Beautifully photographed and put together. A must have book not just for all fans of the Gibson bass but all lovers of guitars in general.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have been playing 2 Gibson Les Paul Triumph basses since 1972 – maybe their finest design ? Good to see these and a lot other other Gibsons in the book. I should have never sold my EB 6 – duh ! GREAT BOOK !!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    If you want to see shining examples of Gibson basses, from the most popular to the esoteric variants, this is the book for you.
    Excellent photographs accompanied by informative descriptions – a must for any fan of Gibsons and basses in general.
    Highly recommended!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gibson basses – a niche market for sure, always overshadowed by the more famous Fenders, Rickenbackers, and active instruments. Or so it would seem… When I got into Gibson basses around 2004, I didn’t know a whole lot about anything beyond the T-birds, EB-0 and EB-3. In my research, I stumbled across the author Rob and a handful of other Gibson bass aficionados online and fell down the rabbit hole. There are more styles, variations, and prototypes than I ever would have imagined, and Rob’s book sheds light on essentially every one of them. The photography and graphics work are top notch, and the information and details provided are excellent. This is not only a book full of pretty pictures of Gibson basses, but a well put together resource guide as well. Highly recommended, even if you only have a casual interest in these instruments.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mooi boek, met veel plezier gelezen/bekeken. Een mooi verzamelwerk.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Gibson Bass Book is a most impressive description of the basses from the Gibson company, with beautiful photos of each bass. It even includes basses unknown to the most devoted Gibsonites. Ought to belong to everyone interested in bass, and guitar, history.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rob has produced a beautiful book that redresses a yawning gap in bass guitar books and popular bass mythology.
    Who knew Gibson had such a bass guitar history?

    (I’m a current Epiphone owner and long time Gibson fancier, since The Grabber in 70s era Kiss at least.)

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m not known as a Gibson player, but in fact in the 70s my basses had EB-3 pickups added to them, and I owned a Les Paul bass in 1976. Rob has done an amazingly thorough job, and the book is gorgeous to look at. Beautiful pictures of (mostly) beautiful basses!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am a bass player of 33yrs. I play Fenders, MusicMan, Warwick and Gibson, to name a selection. There are very few books that I would class as “go to” or “browsers” in this narrowest of fields. I have a Fender one, along with The Bass Book. Until now, that has been my lot. Now I have a third and more than equal to the others. Rob has done an incredible job with this book. Were I to have more bass playing friends, I would not hesitate to shower them with copies. If he could turn an equal amount of effort to my other interest, horology, he would have another definite purchase. Who knew Gibson had a more varied history than Fender, all told. Rob, you should get commission….I just bought an EB4 2017 to go with my EB3 1979. Who says Gibson can’t do modern! Thanks for a great book. Best £30 I have spent in a long while. Stop phaffing around with reviews and buy it.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    En efterlängtad informativ bok med mycket fina bilder!
    Bra skriven och lätt att läsa, rekommenderas till alla som vill botanisera bland Gibsons basar!!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Toen ik een tijd terug bij Rob langs kwam om te kijken naar een Newport bass die hij te koop had staan, vertelde hij mij over het Gibson boek waar hij druk mee bezig was. Toen het boek gedrukt werd dus ook meteen besteld! En wat een mooi boek is het geworden! Heel veel mooie foto’s, mooi vormgegeven en heel veel nieuws geleerd! Een aanrader voor iedere bassist, gitarist, en of Gibson liefhebber!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Superb book, or a dangerous shopping list! Lots of great photos, exhaustive coverage of the entire history of Gibson basses. My wife/Santa got me a copy for Christmas and I am very impressed with it. Just the kind of book you can read cover to cover or dip in and dip out as you please. Well done everyone involved 🙂

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent work, Rob. I have really enjoyed reading the book , which I find is a happy mix of the technical and the anecdotal.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob what a great book, I’ve been enjoying thoroughly!!!! Highly recommend to anyone that loves bass history!!! I am book aficionado and this one was missing on my library, previously Jim Roberts, Tony Bacon and Walter carter had just touch the subject. You really cover it all!!! Already looking for Volume 2 “The Gibson Bassist/Players”…

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brilliant book, well researched, laid out and photographed, a must have for any bass aficionado

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    The standard work for Gibson basses. Great book, very well documented, great pictures, very nice lay out, and did I say very well documented? A must-have for bass players, vintage bass freaks, Gibson bass players and any vintage instrument nerd in general.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    A welcome addition to the field of knowledge of vintage guitars, this gibson bass book written in excellent English will find it’s way to fans all over the world. Søren Venema/ Palm Guitars.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    As soon as I had knowledge of the Gibson bass book I ordered it right away.
    There are so many books about guitars and I’m happy that I have some books about the Gibson guitars, but there was one missing for the Gibson basses.
    This was the book I’ve been waiting for and I’m very happy to have one.
    It’s a great book and it was a pleasure to read it, I’m often browsing the book for the beautiful pictures.
    The Gibson bass book is not an expensive book but it will be, because of the need of buying another Gibson bass…, again…
    Thanks Rob

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent book which is resting on my coffee table since it hit the doormat late November, just in time for my birthday. Been browsing every chance I got and i’m loving every spare minute of it. If you’re into Gibson basses, look no further !

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Gibson Bass book is a true must have for every bass player. I was knocked out by the amount of detailed information and the gorgeous pictures. It clearly shows the dedication of its maker. For me, it can easily meet up with classics like The Fender Bass book and the Rickenbacker Bass book.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Prachtig verzorgd boek. Echt een geweldige aanvulling op wat er aan basboeken te koop is.
    Vreemd, dat dit merk ontbreekt in de boeken die over basgitaren verschenen zijn. Daarom een geweldige aanvulling, welke met heel erg veel leesplezier gelezen wordt. Niet saai, eerder op diverse punten humoristies!

  25. Rated 4 out of 5

    Een erg mooi boek over alle Gibson bassen; zo compleet en uitgebreid was er nog niets op de markt.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great book about an ‘unknown’ bass brand. Definitely recommended!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am a Ripper bass guy since 1975 and played it for six years. My Ripper passed away due to neck/truss rod problems. I switched to a Stingray but the Ripper was always in my mind. When Gibson reissued The Ripper I bought one again. Since then it is my studio bass. The Gibson Bass Book is a pleasure to read. Every time I pick it up there is a smile on my face. A great book for the Gibson bass lover.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    I found out about this book on the great Thunderbird community of Ordered the book immediately, being a proud and happy owner of several Gibson and Epiphone basses, I wanted to see whether there was more to learn about this minority addiction. And it turned out that I had just received a true treasure of Gibson bass facts and photo’s. I keep picking it up and go through it time after time. It gives a lot of NBD (that I think is Talkbass speak, look it up yourselves…) . So thank you Rob for this great piece of work. Next step of course to have sound files of all these basses on your site, especially from great players like Andy Fraser and Jack Bruce.
    Ps And I only learned he was a fellow dutchman after I got the book…

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Op ieder detail uitmuntend: vormgeving, fotografie, informatie en service. Een parel in de kast en om te lezen voor iedere muzikant of muziekliefhebber

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great book with fantastic photo’s and all the right info. This is not just your average “collectable” book, this is a book by and for (Gibson) bass & guitar enthusiasts. A must have for anyone who is a fan of basses, guitars of just beautiful design and photography.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great book! Beautiful pics. Detailed information. I own a 1975 Grabber, and for sure, a nice bass deserves a fine case, but it also deserves a good, dedicated book. Books on stringed instruments everywhere. Now there is this wonderful book on Gibson basses. A must have for every bass instrument lover!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Een heel mooi boek met prachtige foto’s en veel informatie over de bassen en hun makers.
    A very beautiful book with wonderful photo’s and a lot of information about the basses and their makers.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    A quality and meticulously researched reference about Gibson’s lesser known product range – instruments that have contributed to the sound of some of the greatest rock, blues and popular music recordings over the course of the last half century. The author’s passion for Gibson basses is obvious.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fantastic book, a detailed overview of all Gibson bass guitars. Great pictures and detailed information as well..

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    What a great piece of work.
    Nice photography, well researched and best of all written by a bass player.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Rob!
    Das Buch ist gestern angekommen, vielen Dank! 🙂 Ich bin begeistert. Man merkt, wieviel Mühe und Herzblut du da reingesteckt hast, Respekt! 🙂 Hast du die Texte alle selbst auf Englisch geschrieben oder übersetzen lassen?
    Ich bin erst beim RD-Artist angekommen, aber der Winter ist ja noch lang… 😀
    An alle gibbophilen Bassicer: Kau-fen!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    What a great book! I keep returning to the beautiful pictures of awesome basses. This will stay within reach for a long time to come. An ideal present for any bass player!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Rob, your book arrived today and what a great book it is too. Well written information about the models and wonderful photography all add up to being a must have for any Gibson bass player or any bass player for that matter

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gefeliciteerd met het boek Rob. Het ziet er prachtig uit. Lang geleden dat ik zo’n verzorgd en met liefde gemaakt boek in handen heb gehad.

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