Impulse Buy Gibson Ripper Fretless

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  1. Figjam

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    Should arrive shortly, as it is shipping from not too far away.
     
  2. AltGrendel

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  3. cricman

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    Sweeeeeet! Looks like a new nut is in order. The Ripper is one of the few basses of which I like the look and the sound. Ed Friedland has a cool video talking about SD pickups and playing his Ripper basses.


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  4. Figjam

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    Hopefully it will play okay with that nut. The angle of the string after the nut makes me optimistic.
     
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  6. Figjam

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    Ever wake up like, 'what did i DO?' haah
     
  7. Figjam

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    It has arrived and it is wonderful. The color is a bit more amber than those pictures reflect. The nut is indeed broken on that side but the G string stays in place. Pots are a little scratchy. Other than that, it plays and sounds amazingly and I couldnt be happier!

    More in depth review to come. I just played it through a Peavey Mark IV and Ampeg 210av. Sounds good with a guitar distortion in front of it as well.

    Looks like it has worn flats its entire life.
     
  8. RSBBass

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    I do not as a general rule like Gibson Basses but given half a chance, I would be all over that one. Play it in good health.
     
  9. Basshappi

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    Rippers are great basses and that one is a beauty, congrats!
     
  10. Salamenster

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    I played a '75 Ripper once. All maple and natural finish. And still regret not buying it.
     
  11. Bob Gollihur

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    Have had my fretless (also own a fretted) since I bought it new in 1976, lots of miles on it, tho I updated the electronics in 1997. Looks great, good luck with it!!

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  12. Figjam

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    The fingerboard feels great. Such a nice ebony upright-like feel and tone. I like tonal position "3" a lot.
     

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  14. Mr.Fingers

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    They are kinda rare, the fretless Rippers (I've heard 1200ish were built). Big fan of them, had the chance of buying a sunburst FL once, but didn't do it, and still regret it... This thread isn't really helping me. :)
     
  15. Figjam

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    The asking prices of the ones on ebay are pretty intimidating
     

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