Adam Clayton: Stage and Studio
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GIBSON - Les Paul Signature bass - 19xx - Gold


MAKE: Gibson
MODEL: Les Paul Signature bass
VINTAGE: 1973 to 1979. Exact vintage forthcoming
FINISH: gold
First produced in 1973, the Les Paul Signature bass was available until 1979, though more than three quarters (428 out of 627 total) were produced in 1974

The price of this bass rose from its launch; $525 to $629 in January 1975. Sales dropped to 1/15th of the levels of 1974. To combat this the price, was slashed to $499 in the November of that year; lower than the launch price. This was unheard of - the first time a Gibson bass had been offered at a price lower than its launch price. It was to no avail; sales never picked up, and the price stayed at $499 until its last price-list appearance in 1977


Stage: "Mysterious Ways" (during U2:360 tour)



"So there I was, fifteen years old, with a dark brown Ibanez-copy bass guitar and no amp. I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it. Absolutely none. Not a clue. It just sounded good to me." - Adam Clayton