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THE GIBSON GRABER

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bill_emo, Jul 5, 2003.


  1. bill_emo

    bill_emo

    Apr 2, 2003
    aldergrove
    I saw thrice at the vans warp tour. I went up and talked to the bass player eddie. He had a Gibson Grabber bass with moving pick-up, he let me put it on and it was cool, the neck was pretty beefy. But he was playing through an ampeg SVT-AV with the 4x10 . It was kick ass, and sounded really good. I'd like to hear other peoples opinion on this bass.
     
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I gotta be honest. I thought those were the ugliest, worst sounding basses at one time. Then, I went to see Hall and Oates live and bassist T-Bone Wolk used one for most of the show. He sounded like a million bucks with it playing through an Ampeg rig. I'm among the converted now.

    I haven't seen one around used, but I don't look too hard. I'd buy one if the price is right.
     
  3. bill_emo

    bill_emo

    Apr 2, 2003
    aldergrove
    yeah there is some good prices on ebay
     
  4. I used to have a G-3, which was a Grabber with three pickups, in place of the sliding pickup. It was OK. Nothing distinctive about it, as I recall, but it played fine. Or maybe that was me.

    :D

    I sold it in around '78, so it's been gone a while.
     
  5. sounds like i'm your man. :p

    I have a '76 Grabber, maple. Very good condition indeed!

    I love my bass. She's beautyful! What do you mean by 'beefy'? imo, it's small...

    It also seems like a cross between a jazz and a P-bass, I duno why I get this feeling...
    I've posted a longer review on my bassy before.. so have a look!

    If ya' want any pix, just holla!

    (pic is from the shop I bought it from)
     
  6. that thing rules:)

    how much was it,if I may ask?:confused:

    -Jon:oops:
     
  7. Emm...
    shipped from Germany to Scotland, £440 - which is roughly... $726.26

    Back when I bought it, that was only around 600'ish?!

    Ah well. She's worth every penny. :D :D
     
  8. damn dude...I didn't know it was that much:eek:


    Well,keep her in good shape...that thing is awsome:)

    -Jon:oops:
     
  9. OS, my bass was in incredibly good condition, considering what I have seen. The grabbers & rippers usually start at 300 (bad condition) up 700, that being almost prestine...

    LIke I said tho, when I converted the money back when I bought it, it was around $600 :eek:
     
  10. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    The first "New" bass is ever bought was a natural Grabber in late 1974 when they first came out. I forget now but I think I paid something like $350 for it back then. I played it for a few years when this new bass came on the market called a Musicman Stingray. I traded in the Grabber for the Ray...wish I still had both!

    Cool basses but I much prefer the set neck Ripper.
     
  11. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Ed Friedland saw those at Rudy's a few years back. I think he said they wanted $2,200 for them each!!

    LOL...ummmm not in this century!

    No, Grabber does not = Ripper other than body shape.


    Be right back.
     
  12. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Here's a scan of the Ripper specs out of the 1976 Gibson Catalog.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Grabber Specs:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Grabber III (G-3) Specs.

    If anyone would like me to email you these scans then send me a note to vintgebass@aol.com (no letter "A" in "Vintage")



    [​IMG]
     
  15. CaracasBass

    CaracasBass

    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    I want one of these realy bad.........:bawl:
     
  16. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    AZ
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    There's generally any number of them on eBay at any given point in time.
     
  17. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    Gbase too :) -- Grabber, Ripper

    George Gruhn always seems to have one or the other as well
     
  18. Cool post, Dude!

    And notduane, show us yer' fretless!!! :cool:

    BTW - Oates(was he even the bassist?) played a Ripper... :)

    I'm going to go ona hunt for a new 'Gibson' sticker for the headstock (mine was removed:() and a trussrod cover, I didn't get one of those, either... :(

    still love my baby, yes i do!



    :smug: