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Gibson G3

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by adamlunt, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. adamlunt


    Oct 18, 2012
    Stafford, UK
    Hey Justin, I've seen you using the Gibson Ripper/Grabber basses before.

    Have you had any experience with the oldschool G3?

    I'm considering trading my MIA P bass for it which I don't use that often.
  2. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Yes, I own one, and am playing a couple of them live right now with Paramore as well. I got into them as a Jazz bass replacement idea for the Paramore record, just looking for a gutsier version of that sound. The only problem I find with them is that sometimes they have an anemic G-string...strange balance issues. I prefer the later ones. Also, look out for neck pocket aligment issues when you purchase; sometimes the strings are surprisingly out of wack as you look down the neck. Otherwise, highly useable and flexible. Good with flats too.
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  4. activebass


    Sep 19, 2013
    Hi Justin,

    Congratulations on so many things. The Paramore album, getting to perform with them and of course the upcoming addition to your family.

    I was previously not in to Paramore but the latest album impressed me so much, I just bought a 76 Gibson Grabber G3. :)

    If I may ask, how could I get a sound close to Jeremy's tone on the album with 'ordinary' pedals? (Meaning not expensive, complicated rigs)

    I am assuming a SansAmp Bass DI and some sort of compressor would be involved?