The Gibson Grabber

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by spector_guy2004, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. spector_guy2004

    spector_guy2004 Guest

    Apr 11, 2002
    Hollister, Ca, USA
    Hey guys,
    i was just wondering what the gibson grabber plays like, ive heard some good stuff from bassists who play with grabbers, so if theres anyone out there who owns one, tell me about it. i think they look soo cool.
  2. WildBill


    Jul 7, 2002
    Check out a band called Thrice, their bassist uses one and it has an adjustable pickup on it.
  3. spector_guy2004

    spector_guy2004 Guest

    Apr 11, 2002
    Hollister, Ca, USA
    yeah, i have 2 thrice cds. thats actually one of the bassists i was talking about. i like his sound alot.
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    They have a nice sound, and feel. Shame the one I use is severely warped and converted to a fretless by a furniture maker... he used a belt sander and took those frets right off :bawl: IMO the neck ain't even worth fixing anymore. Gonna try to steal the body though :D
  5. bazzhed4


    Aug 2, 2003
    Aberdeen MD
    i used to play the ripper...but i have played a grabber before. only in a music store but still kinda got the idea. the ripper is a HEAVY insturment. sounded good but it was an oak tree with strings. the new gibson ripper reissues i saw at places like mars music were much lighter than my old original early 70's bass. the sound was nice. a little vintage sounding and didnt have enough grit for a modern hr band. the grabber has the sliding pickup and i thought it was kind of a cheesy idea but the sound was ok. it all depends on personal preference. everyone has their own opinions. and everyone will have their ups and downs. case in point...i personally think warwick thumb basses have a very nice neck but if you ask a lot of ppl around on this forum they will tell you they dont like them.
    bottom one and see if you like it. your own personal preference is going to outweigh anyone elses opinion
  6. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    When we bought my Ripper. in 1975, I tried both. I actually chose The Grabber because it had a funkier sound. However, our moneyman, overruled me on what he called quality issues. He said the Ripper just seemed to be built better. We went along because;
    A) He was a carpenter and knew his stuff (didn,t like the wood used in the Grabber)
    B) He was a bassist and knew his stuff (felt the sliding pickup was just a gimmick)
    C) We never had a backer before and wasn't going to piss him off.
    D) My old bass was a EBO copy that took mud to a new height. Anything was a improvement
    Plus he demanded the guitars and the bass looked similar (The guitars were black, The Ripper was black, The Grabber was blond.
    That said, I still think the grabber was funkier, but the Ripper has proven to be the more versatile(?) of the two.