Bring back the LP Triumph bass! ...with a few twists...
Posted 17 July 2010 - 07:36 PM
I want Gibson to make 4-string and 5-string Triumph basses. I want them in fretted and fretless versions, and I want to add a black gloss finish, along with the alpine white and natural mahogany that was available at the time.
Don't touch the electronics. The only thing I would change would be to add a metal section to the jack/control plate area, to protect against the plug cracking or breaking it. Yes, it's an idea from... somewhere else, but it's a good one.
This bass deserves greater attention... separate bass and treble controls without a 9-volt battery, low-impedence output and 3-way coil taps? Re-release this powerful tone monster!
Posted 19 July 2010 - 11:13 PM
The "tone selector switch" is really a coil tap; those
are dual-coil humbuckers kicking some hard action!
...and here's a rare white Triumph; oh mama!
I've heard people say this model was discontinued because it didn't sell; maybe it didn't sell because there was too much attention paid to the guitars... the bass market may have been handed to the boys in Fullerton.
In any case, I can testify from direct, hands-on experience that this bass can go the distance, no matter what the genre. It doesn't just slap, it gives a throat punch. It's got a growling, biting edge that rips the 'nads off any single coil. Lay back, and it's a mellow, deep throb. It can do anything any other bass can do, and more. It's the Chuck Norris of electric bass!
It plugs into a mixing board without a direct box -- a low-impedance switch output keeps it quiet. There's no reason why this bass can't be re-issued. It deserves another chance.
Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:57 PM
Edit: Here's a link to the Kalamazoo instrument... courtesy of the University of South Dakota --
A picture of the soundhole label:
A picture of the front: