Bass Guitars Gibson Les Paul Triumph Bass Walnut Vintage 1972 Pre-Owned

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1972 triumph short-scale bass with walnut finish in fair condition. Original pickups and hardware. Gigbag included. 

In the early and mid 1970s, the Les Paul Triumph was Gibson's flagship bass guitar, both in terms of build and electronics. Naturally it had a price to match (see Gibson Triumph pricing). Design was a collaboration between Gibson and Les Paul himself. It was launched in late 1971 as a replacement to the older Les Paul bass which was available from 1969-1971, and like the former was produced at Gibson's Kalamazoo plant, in Michigan, USA. The only functional change was the addition of a Hi-Lo impedance selector switch. In an interview with Dave Pomeroy, Les explains...

"With a balanced low-impedance output, you could use long cables without all the problems inherent in unbalanced high-impedance lines. Gibson was keen on having the low-impedance transformer close to the amp, so we made a special cable with a transformer on the other end, which you had to have in order to use it. But if you forgot your cable, you were out of luck—so we added the switch to go from low to high impedance. I tried to talk them out of staying with the short scale, but they didn’t want to change to a longer scale like on the Fender. One position on the Les Paul Bass was meant to sound just like the Precision, and all the other settings were extra choices for the player. The Triumph sounded so good it was scary; it was the finest bass I knew how to come up with, but the kids of that time were not ready for so many options. If I could have done something different, I would have made a bass with one great sound. Simpler is better—like a water faucet"

Other changes from it's predecessor were cosmetic; all controls were situated on the front mounted control panel, rather than onto the wood itself. The standard finish was natural mahogany, with white becoming available from 1975. This bass also featured the split diamond inlays on the headstock, and block position markers (replacing dots) on the neck.

Les Paul Triumph specifications:

  • Honduras mahogany body with dark binding
  • Laminated mahogany set neck, with rosewood fretboard
  • Natural mahogany or white finishes
  • 30 1/2 inch scale (actually three eighths of an inch). 24 frets
  • Two low impedance humbucking pickups
  • Hi or Low immpedance modes
  • Body size length: 17 1/4" width: 12 3/4" depth 2"
  • Width at nut 1 1/2"

Les Paul Triumph controls

Bass, Treble and Volume Self explanatory. The bass and treble have a very wide range.

Tone Selector Three settings: hi, normal and deep bass.

Phase Control Only works when both pickups are selected

Impedance Selector Hi for live use or Low for studio use (or live use with a Low-Impedance amplifier)

The Les Paul Triumph was capable of making a wide range of sounds; deep bass, clear midtones, and bright treble - plus a whole lot more in between.

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