What a bass!! I'd never tried a Gibson Ripper out before...thought they were pretty damn ugly and just never gave them much mind, but damn!! I played a used one today just out of curiousity and bought it on the spot. What a monster tone! Plus it was only $300, they were happy when I bought it...said it was so ugly no one wanted it. It doesn't play as smooth as my Ric but its a tone monster. This one is one of the black one pick up deals...evidently Gene Simmons like them. I was never much on Kiss but I can see why someone like him favored them. Anyone else dig them? Gibson shouldn't have stopped making these....I can understand the ugly factor but the sound more than makes up for that.