Re: A G3. What's That

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Posted by Mickster on October 31, 2001 at 08:17:54:

In Reply to: A G3. What's That posted by Bob the Bass player on October 30, 2001 at 17:40:28:

: : Hi :)

: : I would like to hear your opinion: which bass is the best, the Gibson Ripper or the Gibson G3? I have the opportunity to choose between these two basses, but i can't decide wich one to buy ;)

: I've heard of Rippers, but never played one. I own an old EB3. But a G3 is news to me. A short description of it would be cool.

: Thanks,

: Bob

Bob, there's not much I can add to Matte's description of the G3. It had three single coil pups set up pretty much like a Fender Jazz bass, but with a third pup in between the first two. I believe they were wired so that the combinations you could choose were: The 2 closest to the neck, the 2 closest to the bridge, or ALL THREE! It had a good sound, but, never really had the "bite" of a Jazz bass. The Ripper was the top of the line(and an excellent bass)The Grabber had a Ripper body, but, with one sliding pickup; the G3 as described above. I might not have known about them, but, I walked into the Sam Ash store in Hempstead, L.I. in 1979 or so and saw a used one hanging on the wall and bought it. I later sold it to a friend who thanked me every time he saw me after that. I think he added switches so that he could get any pickup alone. I've said it before: Gibson made a lot of oddball, but, excellent basses in the late 70s and 80s, but, then discontinued them after a short time because they didn't produce the sales figures they wanted. I think they did the same thing with the Epiphone Jack Casady. I bought one about a year ago. Trust me, this is an excellent bass, but, I've heard rumors that it may be axed too. Oh Gibson, will you ever learn?


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