Gibson Ripper Club!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by A. D. Fairhurst, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. No words can describe how unbelievably awesome it is.

  2. Great bass!

  3. Good bass.

  4. OK bass.

  5. Meh bass.

  6. Poor bass

    0 vote(s)
  7. Bad bass.

  8. Very bad bass!

  9. Terrible bass, but made good firewood.

  1. Hi! The L9-S Ripper is one of my all time favourite basses, and although I don't own one, I thought I should set this up for anyone who does. If one already exists, please feel free to close it down, moderators, but if not, I hope you enjoy it! (And make sure to post bass porn. LOTS OF BASS PORN.) Both vintage Rippers and 2009 Rippers (if anyone actually owns one) welcome here.
  2. BassChuck

    BassChuck Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    I bought one new in '74 and played it for ten years. It was OK. Not a comfortable bass for me. The 4 way selector switch was interesting, but most of the sounds weren't all that usable. I eventually switched out the pups for Seymour Duncans and that give it some more balls. Later I got into Fender stuff with a '72 Jazz, so I pulled the frets on the Ripper and that worked pretty well. Sadly it was stolen along with the '72 Jazz and an Ampeg B-15. All that stuff would not have brought a lot of bucks back in the 80's when I lost them, but today, eh.....
  3. Oh. Have you voted in the poll yet?
  4. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    My dad used to own a 77-78 ripper all black, i guess i used to play it when i was a kid but the electronics were pretty much scrap. The wires would come loose or something would go out, so he sold it. But i do plan on building my own cause there's no way in hell i'm gonna come up w/the mula for a vintage one on the bay. Pretty much the same specs as the 77-83 models, except i'm gonna have a rosewood fretboard stained black, GFS lipstick tube pickups in black, & it'll be a blood red colour, make everything pop!
  5. I think someone told me about a Lipstick Humbucker/Red Ripper they were building in a different thread a while ago. We meet again!
  6. I wish I had one, I played one and it was amazing!
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  7. I would kill to own this:
    75 Gibson Ripper | eBay
    However, being 14 I will never be able buy it, due to not having a job. Still, plenty of time to cry about it.
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  8. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I own an all-original stock '74 in natural which I purchased new in April of 1974. I've been its sole owner ever since - and it's been my goto bass for these last 41 years. I know it, and it knows me. We're a team. And will be for as long as I can still play if I have anything to say about it.

    If approched with a modicum of respect (and with some thought given to one's playing technique) the layers of sonic subtly that can be coaxed out of one of these totally passive basses never ceases to amaze me. They're absolutely unique even if they're not positioned to sound mainstream or meant to appeal to every taste. But maybe (like the Ric) that was the whole idea to begin with.

    I've since bought (and presently own) some other excellent, lovely sounding, and beautifully playing basses. But nothing "better."
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2015
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  9. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    No vote from me, although I do have a project fretless Ripper that has been in stasis for far too long. I'm responding just because of OP's location: one of those English villages with the compound names that i JUST LOVE!!!
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  10. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Indeed it was I. the ripper is one of those basses that, to me is something unique. I love the shape, the feel, i've had the chance to build an inspired by grabber bass (which is almost done), & i just love it. Granted i've made it my own as in taking away bevels, making it thicker & toying with the electronics. But i believe that once the ripper bass is built, it'll be in the circle along with my parts built pbass & later on, a hagstrom viking bass.
  11. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I have a stock fretless Ripper from 1975 I believe. It sounds great. The large bodies on these seem cumbersome but they are not very deep which is nice.

    I enjoy it. I dont play it much. Its more of a collectors piece that I will pass on one day to someone else. I was really into Gibson basses when I bought it. Now I mostly play guitar.
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  12. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

  13. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Ah! That great ad that shows The Ripper that Never Was.

    That's either a prototype or a mockup they created just for the ad. I don't believe that pickguard was ever released. And those pups look more like a couple of mudbuckers rather than the Lawrences it was released with.
  14. basscow


    Apr 19, 2011
    Would the ripper be a good choice for an extremely bass driven band? No rhythm guitars just loud overdriven bass. Deciding between t bird, ric, and ripper.
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  15. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    IT can be, if you get the right settings for it in a drum bass band.
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  16. Sounds pretty awesome here! (The whole rig was Ripper into a Proco RAT pedal and an Ampeg SVT-400T head.)
  17. borgward


    Sep 28, 2006
    Wow - Glad I found this club. I have owned a 77 For about 34 years. Bought it from the original owner for $200. It's got the original Bill Lawrence pickups. I love this bass. So versatile. I can rock out, blues out or do acoustical gigs with it. The original owner got me to play Bass with it for him. I hated it at first. Felt like my hand was going to fall off after a few minutes. Those old Rippers are really heavy too. I bought a Fender Mustang (talk about neck dive) no bottom end. I then began to appreciate the Ripper - endless bottom end and sustain. I do not think I would want anything else except a Warwick w/thru neck but that is out of the question money wise.

    About the Epiphone Rippers. I tried one in a store. Different pickups and very light - probably = loss of tone. Epiphones are iffy. Some are as good or better than a Gibson, and some are sub par. You just have to try before you buy. Warning - Things always sound better in a music store.

    I usually use the 1 (by the neck) and three position of the selector. I play through a Peavey Bass 400 (200 watt) with either a 4 X 10 or Peavey 1810 - 1 18 w/2 10's cab.
  18. borgward


    Sep 28, 2006
    How did you separate the Bass from the rest of the recording?
  19. I didn't! Someone on YouTube did!
  20. borgward


    Sep 28, 2006
    Where to find specs for my Ripper. How high were the strings over the fretboard at the nut and at the other end of the fret board at the factory? I suspect the original owner lowered them at the nut. Are guitar frets and bass frets the same. The frets on the Ripper were replaced when I had the neck reattached. Are there any specs for the fret wire Gibson used? How high should they stand above the fret board? How wide should they be? Not asking about the length across the fret board.
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