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Gibson Grabber?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WowSuchPunx, Feb 17, 2014.


  1. WowSuchPunx

    WowSuchPunx

    Feb 17, 2014
    Hey everybody,
    I'm a moderately experienced player (been playing since 2011) And I'm looking into a new bass, more specifically the Gibson Grabber. I've seen them go from the range of $500-$1200. Would they be worth that? And if so, about how much should I get one for? Any advice would be great.
     
  2. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
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    Firemelon
    I used to have one back in the early 80's. It's got a novel "sliding pickup" which I always thought was odd more than helpful but if set up properly they can be nice players. Mine was never what I wanted, sold it and bought a Ric 4001.
     
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  4. redstrand

    redstrand Supporting Member

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
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    Fool For Four Strings
    Love mine, make sure the neck is straight and you're good to go
     
  5. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Godofthunder bassist for Knight Patrol Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
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    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Grabbers are great rock basses! Thick, meaty, growly tone. When they first came out I found them gimmicky, history has proved other wise. I have a Grabber and a G3, never got on with the Ripper (weak pickups).
     
  6. HosMan

    HosMan Los! Zum dritten Mal denn!

    Aug 24, 2009
    Northern CA,USA
    How about a RIPPER instead? I`ve seen several of them popping up online lately--all in the $1000 price range(nicer condition too!).
    My avatar show`s me with a 1970s RIPPER we found at work.(Buggers wouldn`t sell it though!).

    Just a thought anyways.
    Hos
     
  7. WowSuchPunx

    WowSuchPunx

    Feb 17, 2014
    Maybe, I've heard that the Rippers have weak pickups though. I will still look into them. Do you know which would give a better 90's punk tone? (Specifically Green Day during the dookie/insomniac era)
     
  8. redstrand

    redstrand Supporting Member

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
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    Fool For Four Strings
    My Grabber has labellas on it, with a pick it just gets all kinds of snarl going on. Plenty punk if you ask me
     
  9. a p-bass was used on dookie and a g-3 was used on kerplunk and insomniac and also live during the dookie era. i just sold a grabber on ebay for $1200. with the pickup slid to the neck position and the gain turned up a little on the amp it's got a pretty nice p-bass type tone
     
  10. WowSuchPunx

    WowSuchPunx

    Feb 17, 2014
    About how much should I look to buy one for?
     
  11. Weareonfire

    Weareonfire

    Jul 30, 2013
    Oregon
    A good condition grabber is usually in the $800+ range.
     
  12. steveinohio

    steveinohio Supporting Member

    May 27, 2007
    Ive got both. The Grabber sounds luke a good P bass. I would pay 800ish.
     
  13. JellinWellen

    JellinWellen

    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    Mike Dirnt played a P bass for a lot of that but he also used a Gibson Grabber G-3. These are very different from the regular grabbers.
     
  14. HosMan

    HosMan Los! Zum dritten Mal denn!

    Aug 24, 2009
    Northern CA,USA
  15. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    What immediately cracks me up is the name "Ripper", from a really farty sounding bass.
     
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  16. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    Burgundy Grabbers run a bit more price wise. I have a burgundy Grabber and a black G3. The Grabber is sort of like a P type of sound where the G3 has more of the single coil snarl. They compliment each other like a P and a J do.
     
  17. MikeCanada

    MikeCanada

    Aug 30, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    The original Grabbers and G3's are pretty great for what you're looking for. I'm interested in a G3 at some point, but it's a little lower on the list than some other basses.

    It is worth noting that they also did a "70's Tribute" G3 recently, and it is nothing like the original G3. The pickups are a lot different and spaced differently. The original had three pickups with a bridge, mid, one between them where the Tribute has a bridge, mid, and neck pickup giving it a very different sound. Chances are if that's the road you want to go down, you want a vintage one.
     
  18. jj4001

    jj4001

    Dec 27, 2010
    Providence, RI
    Had a burgundy Grabber stolen from me in Wilmington, VA while on tour with my old punk band. I got it for $500 but this was about 12 years ago. Still miss that bass. :(
     
  19. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    Here are mine. Two really cool basses.

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  20. Moe Freaka

    Moe Freaka

    Feb 11, 2014
    Matthew Harris 336-469-3845
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    Bassist, writer, teacher: Matthew Harris
    Test
     
  21. Moe Freaka

    Moe Freaka

    Feb 11, 2014
    Matthew Harris 336-469-3845
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    Bassist, writer, teacher: Matthew Harris



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