The SB450 first appeared in the 1972 catalogue, and sold in modest numbers until 1974. It was still available at from 1975-78, though only 14 instruments were shipped in this period.
|Strings suitable for the SB450|
The SB series was an attempt to create a cheaper bass, perhaps a bad marketing decision by the company renowned for its quality. Mounting the control panel on the plastic plate rather than onto the body itself saved costs in production, but clearly the public did not approve as is attested by sales figures.
|under the control panel of a Gibson SB450 bass|
Interestingly enough, the 1972 catalogue only lists the available finishes as walnut and cherry, which it descibes as maple necked with a rosewood fingerboard. The body wood is not specified. 21 natural SB450s were shipped in 1972, and like the example above they had a maple neck, alder body and rosewood fingerboard. This configuration of woods, combined with the longer scale (and perhaps new SB humbuckers) gives an instrument with real punch - far more so than its mahogany bodied cousins in the EB series.