Ripper Bass

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Epiphone Ripper Bass
Epiphone Ripper Bass

Gibson Ripper

The Gibson L9-S Ripper is a model of electric bass guitar made by Gibson Guitar Corporation. The Ripper was manufactured from 1973 until 1983. The Ripper is "cousin" to the Gibson Grabber (G1) and Gibson G3 models also manufactured by Gibson around the same time. The three are vintage in today's world, though the "Grabber II" and "Ripper II" are being released for Gibson's "Limited Run Series". The Grabber II came back in January 2009 for the opening of the series.


Epiphone Ripper

The 1998-2000 Ripper Bass was Epiphone's version of the 1970's Gibson Grabber. It featured a single humbucker pickup, 3-point bridge and natural headstock.The Ripper was reissued by the Epiphone "Custom Shop" for a limited edition run in 2006-2008. The Ripper Bass is Epiphone's version of Gibson's Grabber Bass.


Epiphone Ripper Prototype

As far back as 1983, Epiphone was experimenting with creating a Ripper bass with an American-made protoytpe called the B-450. The B-450 had three single-coil pickups and a covered bridge on a Ripper/Grabber body with no treble horn. It also featured a maple neck with a Flying-V style headstock with an open-book top and "Made in the USA" stamped on the back. The Epiphone logo on the front is the same as the Kalamazoo USA-made American Series made from 1982-1983.


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Ripper Bass

Epiphone Ripper Bass
Epiphone Ripper Bass
Epiphone Ripper Bass
Epiphone Ripper Bass
  • 1998-2001

Body:

  • Hard maple body
  • 15.25" body width
  • 1.375" body depth

Neck:

  • Bolt-on birdseye-maple neck
  • Maple fretboard with abalone dot inlays
  • Traditional headstock with natural or ebony finish
  • 2-ply truss rod cover with "Gibson" engraving
  • 34" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • 1 covered humbucker pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 2-ply black on white pickguard
  • 3-point bridge
  • Open-back tuners

Colors:

  • Natural (NA)
  • Ebony (EB)



Ripper Bass Limited Edition Reissue

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Epiphone Ripper Bass Limited Edition
Epiphone Ripper Bass Limited Edition
Epiphone Ripper Bass Limited Edition
Epiphone Ripper Bass Limited Edition
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Epiphone Ripper Bass Headstock
Epiphone Ripper Bass Headstock
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Epiphone Ripper Bass
Epiphone Ripper Bass
  • 2006-2008

Body:

  • Hard maple body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on hard-maple neck with satin finish
  • Maple fingerboard with high-gloss polyurethane finish
  • Abalone dot inlays
  • Brass nut
  • Traditional style headstock with inlaid Epiphone logo
  • 2-ply truss rod cover with "Ripper" engraving
  • 34" scale
  • 1.65" nut width

Electronics:

  • 1 split-coil pickup in neck position
  • 1 single-coil jazz pickup in bridge position
  • Two volume controls
  • One master tone control
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 2-ply black on white pickguard
  • Large-key open-back tuners
  • 4-bolt style bridge with quick-release

Colors:

  • Natural (NA) 2006-2007
  • Ebony (EB) 2008



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