So ever since I built the Ripper bass I wanted to try my hand at doing something with a Grabber. These were the less expensive version of the Ripper also designed by Bill Lawrence. I decided just to make things interesting I would try to get all the parts from Ebay. After all that's how the Ripper came about even though it was rather unintentional. So... I found a good deal on a Grabber body on eBay. I offered the guy $100 under his price and he called my bluff. So I decided to build myself a Gibson Grabber bass.
It sat around for a while. Then I bought a neck for it off eBay that was total junk. After I returned it and got my money back I decided to just let it sit while I worked on other stuff. Grabber necks are hard to find.
Then I had a strange thought.... Why just build a stock Grabber? Why not build a sort of custom? How about a "RatRod" bass using only Gibson parts found on eBay?
Then I remembered that Epiphone made a bolt on Ripper for a little while so I hit Ebay looking for one. I thought that would be a good neck to use while I hunted down the proper Grabber neck for the bass. No luck finding one of those at all. Seems they are more rare than the Grabber neck.
... but I did start seeing a lot of Epiphone ThunderBird Bass necks. After some quick checking on scale and neck heal dimensions I decided to give it a try.
A quick check on eBay needed me this fine epiphone neck for $35.
The grabber has a very unique sound compared to other Gibson basses. The small single coil pickup is very focused and punchy. They are very hard to find. So when this one came up on Ebay for $75 I snatched it up.
In the Bill Lawrence set of bass there was The Ripper which was the fancy model with the traditional Gibson style set neck. The G3 was the middle level bass with a bolt on neck and three pickups. Finally there was the Grabber with a blot on neck and a single sliding pickup.
So the next thing to ponder is the bridge. There's a guy on ebay selling an original Grabber bridge for about $300.... he's on crack... I never liked the original Grabber bridges anyway so there is no way I'm paying more that $40 for one. So what should I do? Finally I found this.
It's an original Gibson Victory Bass bridge. These things are nice and very adjustable. This ones missing a saddle but I'm sure I have an extra one out in the shop so I grabbed it. and set off looking for tuners and after scoring the Victory Bass tuners I knew where I wanted to go with the tuners.
Steve Clark: I'd rather be playing guitar
Nov 12, 2015 5:38:31 GMT -5
Steve Clark: Counting down to my new guitar
Dec 22, 2015 2:51:07 GMT -5
Steve Clark: Happy new year!
Dec 31, 2015 16:00:56 GMT -5
tricky: Just passing by so thought I would drop in and say a big Hiya to the hard core keeping the board going. Hope you are all well, have a great 2016 and keep it real(ish)!!
Jan 19, 2016 18:21:19 GMT -5
rhod34: Richard, none of us are real. I'm my own imaginary friend
Jan 21, 2016 11:44:24 GMT -5
Steve Clark: I've never met Rhod. I assume he's just some Welsh computer 'bot'
Jan 22, 2016 4:53:37 GMT -5
rhod34: you leave my bottom out of this, ya perv!
Jan 22, 2016 15:25:24 GMT -5
Steve Clark: In Wales bot-net has a very different meaning
Jan 26, 2016 5:21:44 GMT -5
Steve Clark: My guitar is in the UK! Awaiting news from customs
Feb 9, 2016 6:30:31 GMT -5