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Gibson Score. Ripper or Grabber?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by skidrawk, Oct 8, 2013.


  1. skidrawk

    skidrawk

    Jan 21, 2007
    Space City, TX
    I scored this 71 Gibson bass at a local auction. Is it a Ripper or Grabber?

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  2. BassChuck

    BassChuck

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
    Ripper.
     
  3. skidrawk

    skidrawk

    Jan 21, 2007
    Space City, TX
    ty. I picked it up at a benefit for $400. I gave it back to the original owner who would not take it back. so now, what to do with it? I like it as it is. but curiosity has me wanting to strip the paint and return it to a natural wood finish.
     
  4. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Nice score! Yep it's a Ripper. I kinda like the paint job! Btw the tail piece by the bridge is not original.
     
  5. jason the fox

    jason the fox Often rocks and rarely rolls. Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Yup, that's a Ripper.. but I'm not sure if it's a '71. I'm not expert but I don't think the that series was introduced until 1973.

    Can anyone else confirm?

    I had an ebony '78 Ripper. Weighed a ton, but I loved it. Shouldn't have sold it.
     
  6. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I like that paint job a lot. There are countless thousands of Rippers with natural wood finish. I'd leave it as is, unless you don't like the way it looks.
     
  7. brenner182

    brenner182

    Apr 24, 2010
    Maryland
    You can give it to me if you want. I dont mind.
     
  8. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    You are correct!
     
  9. jason the fox

    jason the fox Often rocks and rarely rolls. Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Right on!
     
  10. bh2

    bh2

    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    I had one... or was it a grabber...?
     
  11. skidrawk

    skidrawk

    Jan 21, 2007
    Space City, TX
    It sounds great and it included the original tail piece in the gig bag... I guess I will keep this paint job on. The back has the Mexican flag emblem.
     
  12. Scobby Bott

    Scobby Bott

    Jan 23, 2012
    Pottstown, PA
    Yes, what BH2 said. Poo and vomit and all. Send it to me and I'll dispose of it properly for you.
     
  13. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Tis a poor musician who blames his instrument :bag:
     
  14. skidrawk

    skidrawk

    Jan 21, 2007
    Space City, TX
    now to have a custom case built for it with a compartment for the tequila! (Don Julio)
     
  15. aquateen

    aquateen

    Apr 14, 2005
    maryland
    :rollno: skidrawk asked which model it was, not what you think about it.
     
  16. bh2

    bh2

    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Heh... I'm sure they made some good ones... looks great!
     
  17. Dluxe

    Dluxe

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Pre-77 with those pickups. Later versions had pickguard mounted pickups. Do the tuners say Gibson on them? If not then '75 or earlier. I love the paint job. Keep it the way it is.
     
  18. Rosebud

    Rosebud

    Jan 3, 2007
    that's cool, a ripper is on my bucket list!
     
  19. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    I had a The Ripper a bunch of years back and mine did not have a tail piece. You could either string it through the body (there was an oval plate in the back with holes for the strings) or through the bridge, with the ball ends in the slots you can see. I seem to remember I liked it better strung through the bridge, but I don't remember what sounded or felt different about it.

    Great basses... I recognized it right away by the headstock. The Grabbers and G3's had a Flying V type headstock.
     
  20. RPBass07

    RPBass07

    Sep 25, 2013
    Definitely a Ripper. I had a black Ripper back in 1977. I loved the looks of that bass!!! It was a beauty!