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Gibson Ripper Sold
£1210
Netherlands

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Gibson Ripper 1978 

Lovely old Gibson Ripper. This is just a great playing and sounding bass.... 

The bass is in great shape for its age. Of course it has earned its signs of use, but no structural damage. All hardware and electronics are working well. The trussrod is fine, and the neck straight. 

The out of phase position has been rewired to neck pickup solo, but can be easily reversed if you wish so. 

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The Ripper has been set up with a low action, so it's playing nice and easy (at least in my hands). It has been fitted with DR fat beams which sound great on this bass. It's not a light bass, as it weighs around 5kg.

The original hardcase is included. It's handle is missing, and the other hardware is rusty. It's still okay for storing. The bridge cover and strapbuttons are also included. 

It's a tough choice but I need some stuff to go. 

Asking: €1.450 (approx £1.210)

Tradewise I'd be especially interested in an old competition mustang bass (with matching headstock). 

Some other examples of what would be of my interest:

Musicmaster bass, unlined fretless (blade, fender Japan, 70s Fender P), cool old Japanese copies, Yamaha superbass, Ibanez black eagle, Squier SQ precision, esp navigator PJ, modulus flea, avri 63 precision, Stingray with lacquered neck (ideally honeyburst, 2eq) like early 90s...

I've got more stuff to add in a trade if needed :). 

The bass is located in the Netherlands, but could be shipped insured within europe/UK. 

Edited by MB1

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These are lovely old basses and have been ignored and underrated a bit in my opinion.  They have a fairly unique tone and it's possible to achieve an incredibly low action.  This one looks to be a slightly later version (there were some minor changes over the years of production) but it's in great condition for a working bass.  Good to see something out of the ordinary

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Thank you all!

The Ripper indeed has a distinctive voice of its own. I like the grit with the mid control at 10, but it can sound a lot more modest too. And no, this Gibson does not sound muddy at all :). 

Edited by SurroundedByManatees

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Any interest in a trade for a Sandberg California Supreme VM4? 

 

 

Thank you. 

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The Ripper had been on hold for about 10 days... But no proceeding at buyers side yet, so still available. 

Tradewise Id be especially interested in an old Fender Mustang Bass (60s, early 70s). I have more gear available to shift in a trade :)

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Hi, nice bass indeed. Does the "SECOND" stamp on the headstock mean factory second or B-stock?

I used to play the first version and it truely rips...

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On 01/02/2020 at 08:34, SurroundedByManatees said:

Instruments that left the factory with minor finish flaws were labeled second back in the day.

True, nowadays it's a broken truss rod or twisted neck... 😐

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