Last Updated on February 19, 2023
Photos of a Gibson Ripper bass guitar I sold on Ebay
Serial Number 00158218
Manufactured in the USA in 1976, one of 734 shipped by Gibson that year.
The Gibson Ripper was launched in 1973 as something new for the guitar buying public who had began to tire of the EB basses that had dominated the 1960s. As one of their mid seventies adverts proclaimed they haven’t been hanging about for fifteen or twenty years. It was available as a standard fretted instrument and from 1975 as a fretless, though only 898 fretless ripper were shipped between 1976 and 1979
The condition of this bass guitar is what could be described as ‘well loved’, whilst there are several marks on the bass I have done my best to highlight these in the photos below. None of the marks affect the playability or reliability of this Ripper, it’s just got more character than some others I have sold! Sadly the bridge cover is missing, but is was common to remove these as they kinda get in the way!
When I got this bass it was missing the neck pickup, apparently it was fairly normal then these basses were new to remove the neck pickup and rewire the controls, gawd knows why! I decided to restore this bass back to it’s former two pickup glory. Getting a replacement pickup turned into quite a mission though. In the end I had to call the Seymour Duncan custom shop in the USA and get them to make a replacement just for me! When this eventually arrived it was fitted and the bass was rewired to the original specifications by the very talented Mark Harwood at Springvale studios. The replacement pickup is near as damn to the original, although it mounts slightly different to the original, hence the three empty screw holes shown in the photo below.
While fitting the pickup upgrade Mark Harwood also did an expert setup on this Gibson Ripper, and he REALLY knows his stuff! The action on this Ripper is really nice, it suits pretty much all playing styles. The intonation has been declared as being perfect, however I’ve found with selling guitars on Ebay that intonation can be a matter of taste so I’m not giving this intonation as a 100% guarantee.
1975 Ripper L9-S Original Spec Sheet
Solid alder body with contored shape
Double cutaway design contored shape
3-point adjustable Tune-o-matic bridge with handrest (the ‘handrest’ is missing from this bass)
Combination tailpiece (strings enter through body or connect at end of bridge)
Two Gibson “Super humbucking” pickups (in this case one is a Seymour Duncan custom shop pickup)
Master volume, midrange and treble roll-off controls
4-position transfer switch for multiple tonal changes
Laminated maple construction
Width at fingerboard nut 1 5/8″
Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays
Chrome-plated individual machine heads
Gibson truss rod with moulded truss rod cover
20 frets 34 ½” scale length
Click the photos for the huge and very detailed images of this Gibson Grabber Bass!
There’s a deep bit of buckle scarring on the back, but hey, who can see the back of the bass when you’re playing it!
The quality of the paint job is still obvious thirty years after manufacture!
The three point adjustable bridge, unlike more bridges you can move this one backwards and forwards!
The new Seymour Duncan Custom Shop replacement pickup, which looks identical to the original of course
There’s very little, or no damage around the bottom edge of this guitar
Gibson Machine Heads
I took this photo to try and emphasis the buckle rash on the back of this vintage guitar
So here’s a close up of the scarring, although it’s pretty shallow
Glued neck for better sustain
L-9 S MADE IN USA 00158218
There’s a shallow scar just below the Gibson logo on the headstock, no idea how someone managed to do that!
Original controls, unlike a lot of Rippers there’s no ‘scratch ring’ around the chicken head selector.?
No chickens were harmed in the manufacture of this bass, although I guess a few may have been eaten by Gibson employees…
This scar on the scratchplate is about where a thumbrest would have been fitted, so it’s my guess someone figured out how much of a pain in the bum they are and pulled it off!
This original Gibson instruction sheet shows just how flexible this bass is.
IMPORTANT STUFF TO READ BEFORE YOU BID
- I will not ship guitars outside the UK, it’s just too much of a pain in the bum!
- I have described this guitar as accurately as possible, the plethora of photos is intended to fill any gaps in my description, however, you should still treat this auction as ‘sold as seen’.
- All guitars are non-returnable, there’s nothing wrong with them (unless specified) but I can’t take guitars back if you change your mind or decide you don’t want it for some other reason
- If you have a feedback rating below ten, or are a new ebayer then please contact me before bidding
- I will not close auctions before the end date so don’t bother asking
- I prefer payment by PayPal or bank transfer, pay by cheque if you must, but you’ll have to wait around twiddling your thumbs while it clears, I use postal banking so this can be anything up to two weeks!
- If you live near Ipswich (Suffolk) then you are welcome to come and have a look at the guitar, but don’t expect to take it away before the auction ends
- If you live within 100 miles of me (see above!) I will deliver the guitar personally for £50
- Check out my feedback, you’ll see that most of it is from selling stuff. I only mention this because it’s a lot harder to get good feedback when selling something than when buying it
- I am a music nut, I have been playing in bands since the early days of puberty, guitars are more than nice lumps of wood to me, so I like to think they all go to good homes!
I listed this guitar on ebay.co.uk on 9th September 2007