Gibson 1941 Prewar Upright Bass
'A new complete line of basses, precision built with the graceful lines of a violin. Compare every detail inside and out; let your eye follow the violin-like curves, the high arching, and the beautiful hand-finished scroll. Now play it - bow it - slap it - and listen! There is but one conclusion...A real "Violin Makers Bass" with a powerfully balanced tone...All Gibson Basses are full three-quarter size, and are alike in shape and design.'
Quote from 'Gibson Makes Violins' May 22, 1941...Bass specifications:
'B-125 Bass......$125.00...Here is the Crackproof Gibson Bass especially arched to produce a powerful, well balanced tone. Spruce top; maple back; rim and neck; ebony fingerboard and tailpiece; flake grain bridge; individual machine heads; solid end pin; adjustable $1.00 extra; finished in rich antique brown.
B-135 Bass......$135.00...Same as B-125 but made of woods especially selected for their beauty and texture to be enriched by the new Gibson natural finish.'
More info can be found on the intro page Gibson Prewar Violin and Bass.
NATURAL BLONDE FINISH
According to 'Gibson Makes Violins' May 22, 1941:
Gibson has brought to the Violin world a new lustrous transparent natural finish which protects the wood fibres without coloring; the color of the wood is left just as made by mother nature - it is not a bleaching process but is the regular finish applied without color added.'
Natural finish for guitar lovers began with the 1939 Super 400 and the L5. Both prewar guitars which are very sought after.