Gibson Custom Shop Explorer Bass - "The Bug" - Dusty Hill Collection


The rockers of ZZ Top have become legendary for the strength of their beards, but above all for their rhythm, their sense of melody and their blues rock. Today, they have become absolute references in their genre and are among the great myths of contemporary music. In the trio formed by Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, their style is matched only by their hits, which have spanned generations. Discovering live instruments played by one of the members of ZZ Top is always a moving opportunity to get close to their extraordinary sense of style, which has remained unrivalled in rock'n'roll until now. The basses in the Dusty Hill collection carry a touch of madness all their own, some of them matching their counterparts in the Billy Gibbons collection.

This exceptional bass was made by the Gibson Custom Shop in the mid-1980s for the ZZ Top bassist. Nicknamed the 'Bug', this Explorer bass was played extensively by Dusty Hill - as evidenced by the many play marks on the body of the instrument. It features a 'Flying V' style headstock to which is attached a metal 'bug', a reminder of its cute nickname. This lightweight bass is precise and powerful. Played live on numerous occasions with ZZ Top in the late 1980s, this instrument is a piece of musical history, as well as an exceptional piece of lutherie.

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