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GIBSON | LES PAUL SIGNATURE BASS

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DETAILS
- MAKE: GIBSON
- MODEL: LES PAUL SIGNATURE
- VINTAGE: Manufactured between 1975 and 1979.
- FINISH: GOLD
 
USE
- Stage: "Mysterious Ways" [during some U2:360 tour shows]
- Studio: Uncertain
- Video: "Mysterious Ways" [U2 - 360 AT THE ROSE BOWL" DVD]
 
NOTES:
Due to the low production numbers, it seems that the vintage of Adam's Les Paul Signature is most likely a 1974, as the most were produced in 1974 (428).
 
There were more produced in 1974 than all other years combined. Second year of most production? 1979 there were a mere (58) produced.
 
- Production numbers per "Fifty Years of the Gibson Les Paul" by Tony Bacon
1973 - While technically in production 1974-1979, (3) were made in 1973.
1974 - (428)
1974 - (26)
1976 - (44)
1977 - (45)
1978 - (23)
1979 - (58)

SPECS:
Semi-acoustic bass w/2 f-holes and offset cutaways.
- Unbound rosewood fingerboard, crown markers: 34 1/2" scale neck, 20 frets. "Les Paul Signature" on headstock.
- Bound semi-acoustic thinline body with two f-holes and offset cutaways; gold or sunburst finish.
- One rectangle plastic-cover low impedance humbucker pickup.
- Two controls (volume, tone) plus three-position impedance rotary switch; one jack socket on body face for low-impedance; built-in impedance transformer.
- Cream plastic transformer.
- Four saddle bridge/tailpiece.
 
Earliest examples with one round-end plastic-cover low-impedance humbucker pickup, and two side-mounted jack sockets.

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"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