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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by skidrawk, Oct 8, 2013.
I scored this 71 Gibson bass at a local auction. Is it a Ripper or Grabber?
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.
Nice score! Yep it's a Ripper. I kinda like the paint job! Btw the tail piece by the bridge is not original.
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.
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.
You can give it to me if you want. I dont mind.
You are correct!
I had one... or was it a grabber...?
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.
Yes, what BH2 said. Poo and vomit and all. Send it to me and I'll dispose of it properly for you.
Tis a poor musician who blames his instrument
now to have a custom case built for it with a compartment for the tequila! (Don Julio)
skidrawk asked which model it was, not what you think about it.
Heh... I'm sure they made some good ones... looks great!
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.
that's cool, a ripper is on my bucket list!
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.
Definitely a Ripper. I had a black Ripper back in 1977. I loved the looks of that bass!!! It was a beauty!