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Gibson Ripper Bass
The first Rippers were produced in late 1973, to a good reception; 1974 was a good year and production at Gibson's Kalamazoo plant continued throughout the decade. Production slowed into the eighties, with a trickle of basses being produced towards the end of 1982.
Bill Lawrence specifically designed the humbuckers and tone circuitry to accentuate the natural sounds of the guitar. A lower impedance giving clearer tones to those associated with some other Gibson bass guitars. It was also built out of maple and alder rather than mahogany and rosewood as was so often the case with previous models. These changes had a major impact on the sound and feel of the guitar; a Ripper is just not like a Thunderbird or EB bass.
The Ripper was available as a fretless and fretted bass; the first Gibson fretless in fact, but these sold in much smaller numbers.
For specific details and a closer look at some Gibson Ripper bass guitars, follow the links to the right.