Re: Promise not to Laugh

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on October 25, 2000 at 06:46:15:

In Reply to: Promise not to Laugh posted by Rich Laird on October 18, 2000 at 14:43:04:

: I have a bass that I might want to sell. But I figure that if I can't get pretty decent money for it (at least $600 or so), then I will just keep it. I don't play anymore - but who knows?

: The bass is a Gibson "Ripper" (Remember you promised not to laugh). I always thought it was a really great sounding bass - punchy, clean, and not twangy. But it seems like they never really got that popular - I don't know why.

: The interesting thing about this particular bass is that it has hardly been played. I got it in about 1985 when another Ripper I had was stolen and the insurance company came up with a replacement. Since then I haven't been playing much at all.

: Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had an idea of what this particular instrument might be worth, who might want to buy it, etc. Any info/input you have to offer would be appreciated.

Mickster kinda pointed me towards your question, so hopefully, I can give you a decent answer.

Gibson came up with the Ripper/Grabber series in the middle of what I call the Dreaded Norlin Era of the 1970's, when Gibson was going through what I'll charitably call one of their "lesser periods" in terms of product quality, etc.

Unfortunately, the Ripper/Grabber series suffered from the association. They're cool basses, but Gibson has *never* been famed for their electric basses, aside from maybe the EB-0's and Thunderbirds. Gibson got into the game kind of late with the original EB1 (violin-style body), which had a short scale, and nowhere near the tone that Fender's P-Bass had (Gibson's big bass pickup has a *very* deep tone).

For that reason, Gibson's basses haven't held pace with Fenders as far as collectable values go, either. The $600 figure you're looking for *might* be realistic if your bass is in mint condition, but I'd say that $500 would probably be more realistic for a high-quality piece. :-)

I'd say you might want to keep it for the moment; it's one of those things that the moment it's gone, you immediately regret it. Not having seen Mickster's girlfriend walking around in her underwear, I can't make any kind of a value judgement, but I can understand where he's coming from... ;-)

Hope that helps!


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