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Abandoned and abused gibson ripper brought to life

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by garmenteros, Jul 30, 2012.


  1. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    I got a gibson ripper a while back but its disgusting. Look where it was thrown back for a couple of decades maybe.

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    The good:

    Its a gibson ripper. Its light.

    The bad: Everything else.
    • One pickup was dead and the other read 5.5k. Both are getting rewound and brought back to factory specs.
    • No electronics (will have some made with original schematics)
    • No pickguard (will cut a new one out). Rusted hardware and unusable (all of it, tuners, bridge, etc, will be replaced with black hipshot).
    • Mildew and other things and gunk, you can see through the wood because the three piece body has begun to tear apart.
    • Worn out frets that pop out. Refret is needed.
     
  2. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    Taking her apart...
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    IMG_0046.

    You can't tell that much on the picture but you can see the huge gap and crack in the joints of the body here.
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  3. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    The body had heat applied and was taken apart and reglued.
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    Pretty happy with the results.

    Heres a shot of the neck and headstock. Getting a new decal as well.
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  4. poor old thing... :(
     
  5. skiscem

    skiscem Supporting Member

    suscribed!
     
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  6. hdracer

    hdracer

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Nice job.

    That copy of Maxim looks about as used as the Ripper......
     
  7. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    Pickups are done, got some pictures from my pickup and electronics guy...

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    I should have them next week...
     
  8. PlungerModerno

    PlungerModerno

    Apr 12, 2012
    Ireland
    Good to see an old girl getting some TLC. This is going to be interesting!
     
  9. skullservant

    skullservant

    Aug 15, 2011
    subscribed!
     
  10. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    The electronics are going to be two volume and one tone and three way switch. Black speed knobs as well to go with the original look. I wanted to go with the original four way chicken knob configuration at first but decided against it. My electronics guy used the best CTS 550K pots, Switchcraft Right angle toggle switch and a USA .047 Paper in Oil Tone cap. Here's some pics of the completed electronics which should get to me by wednesday. I plan on having this bass ready by the end of the next couple of weeks. Might even use it for a couple of songs on my upcoming sabbath tribute gig. Painting has already begun and I'll show some pics of that as I take them.

    Anyway mandatory pics of the electronics:
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  11. JMimbs

    JMimbs

    Jan 5, 2012
    Central Florida
    Subscribed!
     
  12. *like*
     
  13. Count Drugula

    Count Drugula

    Aug 2, 2012
    Can't wait to see it when it's fixed up!
     
  14. Subscribed.

    I love to see old instruments brought back to life.
     
  15. This is my favorite thread in a while! Subscribed!!
     
  16. João Bourgard

    João Bourgard

    Jan 21, 2010
    Subscribed man...

    Love this kind of threads =)
     
  17. guitarist09

    guitarist09

    Jul 23, 2012
    Oh thats sad :(

    Subscribed too!! This is exciting :D
     
  18. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    Brief update to follow pictures tonight or tomorrow (depends when I visit my friend's shop)...

    I bought hipshot hardware for this bass... black supertone bridge which was a direct fit and replacement vintage fender tuners which the guys at hipshot told me would work. They fit the holes but overlap each other and needed some major butchering to kind of work and still look awful. I sent them back and got the rickenbacker replacement tuners. They worked but were smaller than the hole of the original tuners by about 1/32 but did not overlap each other and were all neat. All original tuner holes were filled with epoxy and sanded to accommodate the correct size and looking rick tuners which were the best solution to me. I cut some decals and I'll get the pickguard done monday when the pickups/electronics get delivered. Elctronics and pickups redone, and hipshot hardware should be an improvement over what these basses came with stock. Can't wait to get it all done. Finishings begun too.
     
  19. How does that happen??? My 1975 Gibson Ripper is my prized possession it pained me to see it in that shape! Glad you are bringing it back from the grave really looking forward to the finished product.
     
  20. Can't wait to see the pictures!
     

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