Gibson Grabber?

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  1. WowSuchPunx

    WowSuchPunx

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    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

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    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.
  3. redstrand

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    Love mine, make sure the neck is straight and you're good to go
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    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    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).
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  6. HosMan

    HosMan Los! Zum dritten Mal denn! Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    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. KyleSerlington

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    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

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    About how much should I look to buy one for?
  11. Weareonfire

    Weareonfire Supporting Member

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    A good condition grabber is usually in the $800+ range.
  12. steveinohio

    steveinohio Supporting Member

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

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    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! Supporting Member

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  15. Bassisgood4U

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Here are mine. Two really cool basses.

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