PRODUCED: 1981 - 1987
TYPE: Solid body, double cutaway, 4-string
NECK: Laminated Eastern Rock maple, bolt-on, 24 fine frets (21 are full frets)
SCALE LENGTH: 876mm (34½ -inch)
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood extended, angled at body end to match the scratchplate, offset pearl dot inlays
HARDWARE: Chrome, chunky Gibson TRI-4 ‘wedge’ bridge, Gibson badged winged open gear bass tuners by Gotoh
PICKUPS: Gibson VIIIB humbucker
CONTROLS: Volume & Tone, series/parallel switch
FEATURES: Black pickguard, black headstock face, chamfered body cutaways, Gibson ‘Diamond’ strap buttons, price included Gibson hard case
FINISHES: White, Silver, Antique Gold, Fireburst, Ebony & Cardinal Red
COMMENTS: Designed by Chuck Burge and Tim Shaw of Gibson’s Research & Development team, the Victory Bass was a fresh attempt to surpass Fender’s mighty Precision. In fact the initial idea was that the whole feel and playing experience of the Victory should be identical to a P-Bass.
The body cutaways were deeper however, and there was a 24 fret compliment. The wedge bridge is a very solid affair with little room for adjustment but perfectly acceptable. The circuitry was passive although some of the later Victory range featured an active system.
Most were fitted with flat wound strings as standard and this provided a serious thump of a sound. The Victory's downfall (as usual for Gibson) was the overall weight, but they are becoming popular again as they ‘downtune’ very successfully.