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Impulse Buy Gibson Ripper Fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Figjam, Mar 16, 2014.


  1. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
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    Should arrive shortly, as it is shipping from not too far away.
     
  2. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
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  4. cricman

    cricman

    Feb 23, 2013
    West of Dallas
    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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  5. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Hopefully it will play okay with that nut. The angle of the string after the nut makes me optimistic.
     
  6. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ever wake up like, 'what did i DO?' haah
     
  7. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    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

    RSBBass

    Jun 11, 2011
    NYC
    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

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    Rippers are great basses and that one is a beauty, congrats!
     
  10. I played a '75 Ripper once. All maple and natural finish. And still regret not buying it.
     
  11. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
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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

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
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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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  13. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
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  14. 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

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The asking prices of the ones on ebay are pretty intimidating
     



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