Vintage 1978 Gibson Ripper Electric Bass Guitar Black Finish


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What makes this bass special:  A superb playing bass with some sweet vintage mojo.  Very comfortable & offers up nice dynamic tones.  The black finish versions are typically rarer to find & tend to get snatched up rather quickly.  This one has been professionally inspected & set up so she's ready for action straight out of the case!

Cosmetic Condition:  Typical play wear for a 40-year old bass - various nicks, chips, dents & dings; surface scratches, buckle rash & some finish wear.  There appear to be a couple of extra screw holes in the top near where the bridge cover would be.  Overall the bass has a cool look to it with a nice patina.

Neck:  Maple neck with cream side-dots.  Ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl dot inlays.  Frets are in great shape with hardly any wear.  Gibson-engraved nickel tuners are in perfect working condition.  1 9/16" nut width; 34" scale length.  Neck is straight & truss rod works fine.

Body:  Contoured, solid maple body with optional string-thru design.  3-point, top-loading bridge with adjustable saddles.  The bridge cover is missing.  5-ply large black pickguard shows some play wear, but no cracks.  One screw is missing.  Bass weighs 10.45 lbs.

Electronics:  Bill Lawrence Super Humbuckers with 4-way rotary selector switch.  Dual volume & master tone controls with black speed knobs.  All electronics are in good working condition.

Case:  Original hardshell case included.