||1974 Gibson Ripper|
Two Ripper humbuckers|
||Three piece alder body|
||Three piece set maple neck. Maple fingerboard. Adjustable truss rod. 20 frets. Width at nut 1 5/8"|
||Q-system electronics: 1 volume, 1 tone and 1 midrange control. Gibson 3-point bridge. 1973/74 open gear tuning keys.
The earlier, wider, slab-bodied version of the Gibson Ripper was produced from the model's inception in 1973, through to 1974. Compare the body shape, particularly the bevelling around the horns, with a 1978 Gibson Ripper - the later Rippers have a far more sculptured look about them, although this is not always easy to see in photographs.
Like all Gibson Ripper basses, this guitar was built in the famous Kalamazoo plant (MI, USA) during the Norlin period of ownership.
1974 US zone 1 price for the Ripper was $449 in the January and June 1974 price lists, rising to $469 in November. A total of 1288 Rippers were shipped in 1974, with the vast majority in Natural finish as seen here. See the Ripper shipping stats for further details.
This is a really punchy bass; lots of Gibson low end, but with so much more higher frequencies than Gibson's older basses. Check out the Ripper soundclips.