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What Makes the Gibson Grabber So Awesome?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jtrom, May 7, 2016.

  1. jtrom


    Nov 22, 2008
    Kelowna BC
    The thin yet big around body?
    The fact it's 30+ years old?
    The adjustable pickup?
    The neck size?
    That not many people play one?

    I have a late 70's Gibson Grabber that I've had for about 5 years now and I have come to realize that it is my absolute favourite bass. I LOVE it. It's old and quirky and has a lot of character. And the tone in unreal. I've done a lot of studio work with it lately and it has been very satisfying.

    What makes this so?
  2. Everybody eventually finds a bass that is perfect for them; this one is yours.
  3. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    The Grabber is my favorite of the G series, simple and ballsy. The pickup has pretty high output compared to the Ripper, G3 or Fenders of the day. Bottom line it's a great rock bass!
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  4. When I was a teen in the late '70s I was recording every band that played in my basement.
    My friend's Grabber just sounded worlds better than anything else, including my own '62 Precision with Rotosounds.
    I never liked it's ergonomics much, but it's sound was worth it.

    Once the G3 came out I liked it a bit more for the versatility, but the Grabber was still right behind it.
  5. blubass


    Aug 3, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Current: Blackstar, DR strings, Nady. Previous endorsements with: GK, Rotosound, Ernie Ball, Cleartone, EMG, Dean, Dava Picks, Rebel Straps, Dickies
    I think the name makes it awesome, unfortunately the body shape reminds me of a tick.

    I've heard a couple bassists locally that get a sweet warm tone from their grabbers.
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  6. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    mine sounded so warm it was surreal through the 2000s even with rounds, however the action always kind of sucked, but it was my first real bass and it did get me through 125 shows and thousands of practices in the 90s :) for only 265 dollars and periodic setups and pot cleaning charges
  7. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    The big body with an equaly big pickguard and paddle for a headstock sent me in a different direction!
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    My favorite was the G3 with the peek-a-boo pickups. I wish they made a short scale version.
  9. Aberdumbie


    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Back in the day wasn't Gene Simmons Gibsons spokesman for the Grabber bass. If memory serves Gibson was trying to gain recognition as a quality bass manufacturer rivaling Fender. Who better than Gene?.... Probably the Simmons mojo that makes it great..... Enjoy your "chosen" axe.
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  10. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    I'd like to try one sometime, if only to say I did. Haven't played many Gibson basses I didn't at least like something about.
  11. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Glad you love it- one heard many make them sound great-

    Not my cup of tea.
    Awesome?/not awesome? I can't say
  12. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Darn it. I have a 1977 G3. But I didn't notice that aspect of the body shape before.

    So if you had to summarize the design in a short memorable phrase: "Bod like a tick, head like a...never mind."


    It's a decent enough bass, though. I should play mine more.
    Last edited: May 8, 2016
  13. highway


    Aug 20, 2008
    i wish they would remake these with epiphone so they are cheap and identical to the original
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  14. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Gene was a Grabber endorser for a short time, but went back to the LoBue bass for the Destroyer tour.
  15. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Only the Axe matters.
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    What Makes the Gibson Grabber So Awesome?

    The G3 is the awesome model ... it has a Gibson tone and a Rick tone with a little p-bass thrown in ...

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  17. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    The Grabber had a pickup you could literally "grab" and move

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  18. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Here's a G3 re-issue bass with the pickups more spread out ... I'd like to see this in a 5 string version ...

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  19. 14pounds


    Dec 15, 2014
    I think Eddie from Thrice is building another one.

  20. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    The name is what makes it awesome. Gibson Slider sounds like an overpriced sandwich.

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