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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pinkfloyd, Feb 10, 2001.
what do you think of the rippers?
I just traded in two of my basses for a black '79 Gibson Ripper and I love it!
I'm sure the Epiphones are great also. They look awesome and have tons of sustain.
Are the Epiphones stereo? The Ripper I got is stereo and I'm still trying to figure out the four different settings on the switch so if you know what 1,2,3, and 4 are let me know.
Actually the Epiphone Ripper bears very little resemblance to the real Gibson Ripper.
The original had a set neck, 2 humbuckers, 4 -way rotary switch, treble cut and midrange cut controls and a traditional Gibson style headstock (not triangular).
These Epiphone versions have bolt on necks, only one pickup (and therefore fewer controls) and if memory serves, a triangular headstock (I may be wrong about that).
I strongly urge you to look for a used '70's Gibson Ripper. They can often be found quite cheaply. I got my '74 for $399.
The original Gibson Ripper is a great bass (much better than the Grabbers or G-3's) - IMO, one of the best basses Gibson ever made. They are also one of the best buys on the vintage market.
the grabber had the triangle headstock and i would agree i would try to find a Gibson that the Epi.
The Gibson Rippers weren't stereo, just mono - perhaps yours is modified?? I have a black fretless I've had new since the mid-70s (electronics heavily modified) and recently got a matching fretted model. The switch positions:
1 - both pickups, in series, in phase
2 - bridge pickup only
3 - both pickups, in parallel, in phase
4 - both pickups, in series, out of phase
I have a schematic in .gif format if you want, email me.
Mine at: http://www.gollihur.com/bass.html
I paid $200.00 cash for My '75 Gibson Ripper, And I wouldn't
trade it for the world.
I was wrong about the Epi headstock - it's the regular Gibson shape but it is blonde like the rest of the finish. The originals had black painted headstocks. Also the clear finish on the Gibson was more of an honey/amber colour even on the fingerboard.
were did you buy it?
I got my natural, fretless, all-original at Bass Northwest. I'd say G - VG condition.
Weren't there two Ripper variants originally? Both by Gibson. One had the
sliding pup like the current Epi, and the other the two pups w/varitone switch.
I remember readin' somewhere that the slidin' pup one was Gibson's attempt at
a Carol Kaye signature model. She just couldn't make up her mind where the pickup
should go, hence the sliding action.
There's a REALLY sweet sunburst, fretless Ripper (2 pups) at http://www.gbase.com
in VG - VG+ condition for around $600. Just enter "Gibson", select "Bass Guitars" and
I'd like to get my hands around the throat of that jack-@$$ who's responsible
for the "study in blue" (they even spray-painted the fretboard blue ).
The Ripper only came in one flavor, two pickups with the four position switch, volume, and two tone controls, and a set in (glued) neck.
The one with the sliding pickup was The Grabber - it had only one pickup and was a bolt-on neck.
A variant of the Grabber was the G-3, which was the same, physically, but had three pickups.
I have fretless and fretted Rippers in ebony/black; the fretless has a pair of Lane Poor soapbars and a Bart 3-band preamp - it is killer.
Ah yes, the Gibson G-3, I know it well. I bought one used
in the late 70s, and had it about a year or so. It was a
good bass, but, strange. I think it's the first bass I ever
saw with three pickups. They were single coils wired in an
odd configuration: Neck & middle, bridge & middle, or all 3!
The main reason that I sold it was that it didn't have a
focused sound like a Jazz bass, proving the old saying that
"Less is more".(pickups that is) I sold it to a friend who
thanked me after that every time he saw me. I haven't seen
him in years, so I don't know the fate of the bass. Now,
Rippers were nice. Never bought one though. I agree with
Rob W, they were one of the best basses Gibson ever made.
IMHO Gibson had some excellent basses, but, they withdraw
them much too quickly if the sales aren't good enough. I think their marketing dept. has to go back to school.
Another Gibson strangeboy that I almost bought was a black,
active RD Artist. Does anyone remember that one? Very nice.
Ah, another regret. How about the Victory Bass?
Gibson, wake up!
Not the ripper, but how's the Epiphone explorer by Gibson?
Ahh, the RD Artist! Finest bass Gibson ever made, IMHO.
That Moog preamp had a killer tone, and the bass sounded great passive too.
I want to get one of those in blonde with a maple board, but with a fully functional preamp. I have been offered 2 with the preamp removed. Not interested.
The Victory? I don't know. Real heavy(of course the RD Artist was too, but it is worth the weight!) and the looks don't really do it for me.
Did the Victory Artist have the Moog preamp also?
For your viewing pleasure ...
notduane, where'd you find all of the cool old Gibsons? Wow!
That RD Artist looks mint, that's exactly what I'll be looking for next.
I let two black RD Artists with Moog preamps slip by on eBay. I have an LP Artist and ES Artist, both black, and they are the best-sounding Gibson guitars (am I allowed to say guitar here?? ) I have ever heard. If RD Artist sounds half as good as these...get one!
Brooks, do those Artist models have the Moog preamp in them?
That is what really makes the RD Artist. It has humbuckers, and sounds pretty good passive, but man, when you turn on the preamp, it takes it to a whole different level.
The RD Artists cuts through the mix really well, and has a grind to the tone taht would work really well for hard rock or heavy metal.
And they look cool, too!
Most of `em are from a search at http://www.gbase.com .
I think the Artist is at http://basspalace.com . It might be sold, though .
As far as I know, all Gibson Artists have the Moog preamp. My ES & LP have it, and I have seen 2 black, 2 natural and 3-4 tobacco burst RDs that all had it.
To Embellisher, I can not agree with you more. It was
1977 or so, and during three different trips to Sam Ash,
I would take this black beauty off the wall, and play it
for about 20 minutes each time. What a bass, what a
sound! I remember it's main features were compression
and expansion. This axe was so far ahead of it's time it's
wasn't funny. It could give the deepest organ bass type
tones, or, the "Spittinist" Jazz bass machine gun volleys!
I don't remember why I didn't buy it, but, this was definitely one of my biggest musical regrets of my life.
I think it was only made for about two years. This is why
I get so mad at Gibson. They come out with revolutionary stuff, no one buys it because it bucks
convention, then they don't take any more risks for ten
years because their new product flopped. Any one that
knows anything about marketing guitars should know
by now that products that go in a new direction take time to catch on. Have small production runs every year,
but don't scratch the thing entirely. Just my $.02.
To notduane, I'm convinced you are a genie. Someone
just says the name of a bass, and, LO and BEHOLD!
It appears! The picture of the G-3 looks exactly like the
one I had. Where do you find this stuff?
To Brooks, as you've read above, they sounded so un-
believably good. See what I mean? We can't be the only
handful of guys wailling for deceased Gibsons. IMHO
Fender needs more quality control, Gibson needs more
Talk to you guys later,
Hey notduane, thanks for the pictures.