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Gibson Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass Guitar with Gigbag

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Product Description

The Gibson Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass Guitar recaptures the best qualities of the original Grabber bass, produced from 1973 to 1975, with increased versatility thanks to a glued-in neck for improved resonance and sustain, and three Gibson single-coil bass pickups wired for hum-canceling in all positions. From tonewoods, to pickups, to playing feel, the Grabber 3 ’70s Tribute Bass is a well thought out instrument designed for the modern musician while resonating a classic vibe.

Gibson Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass Guitar Features

  • Solid Maple body with carved double-cutaway shape
  • Grade-A Maple neck with a slim, fast profile
  • Powerful G3 Bass pickups in the neck, middle and bridge positions
  • Three-point adjustable bass bridge
  • Four chunky Grover tuners with Shamrock key tuners
  • Finished in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer
Tonewoods
The foundation of the Gibson Grabber 3 bass’s eviscerating punch is found in a departure from traditional Gibson tonewoods. The thin body is crafted from solid maple and carved in a double-cutaway shape with contoured edges. A glued-in Grade-A maple neck with a satin natural finished back is carved in a slim, fast profile that measures .820 inches at the 1st fret and .920 inches at the 12th.

The neck is topped with a baked maple fingerboard that offers a rich brown appearance, enhanced tonal clarity, and excellent durability with easy playing access right up to the 20th fret thanks to the deep body cutaways.

Hardware
The headstock of the Grabber 3 70’s Tribute bass follows the arrowhead shape of the original Gibson Grabber, reminiscent of Gibson’s earlier Flying V guitar, and features four chunky Grover tuners with Shamrock keys. A PLEK-cut Corian nut, as well as Plek dressed frets insures maximum playability. Finally, optimum sustain and precise intonation are ensured by Gibson’s meaty three-point adjustable bass bridge, a sturdy design that provides an ultra-solid anchor at the body end.

Electronics
The Gibson Grabber 3 bass rams it all home through three pickups of an entirely new design from Gibson USA. The G3 Bass pickups are single-coil units made with genuine Alnico V magnets for optimum clarity and cutting power, and impressive fidelity throughout the instrument’s frequency range. A clever wiring scheme through the simple array of a three-way switch and master volume and tone controls assures that these units—with a reverse-wound, reverse-polarity middle pickup—offer hum-canceling performance in all positions.

The ‘switch up’ position gives you the neck and middle pickups for a rich, woody tone. The middle position taps all three pickups for a round, funky tone. And with the switch down, the bridge and middle pickups offer a punchy, snappy sound. All together, this simple yet clever array gives the Grabber 3 ’70s Tribute Bass unexpected versatility and makes it the perfect choice for any style of contemporary music.

The Grabber Story
Following a tradition of great bass guitars that included the popular EB series, as played by Jack Bruce and others, Gibson thoroughly redesigned its take on the low end in the 1970s to address the increased power, punch and fidelity required by the rock, funk and pop music of the day. The result was the Grabber, an electric bass with superb playability and unprecedented cutting power.

Product Specifications
Gibson Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass Guitar Specifications
  • Body
    • Species: Maple
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck
    • Species: Maple
    • Profile: Slim, Fast
    • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck Fit
    • Joint: Mortise and Tenon
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005 inch
  • Fingerboard
    • Species: Baked Maple
    • Frets: 20
    • Radius: 12 inches
    • Scale Length: 34 inches
    • Nut/E.O.B: 1.600/2.240 inches
    • Inlays: Acrylic Dot
  • Nut
    • Material: Corian
    • Width: 1.500
    • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock
    • Type: Grabber
    • Logo: Gold Gibson
    • Truss Rod Cover: Black
  • Tuners
    • Model: Grover Bass with Shamrock Keys
    • Plating: Chrome
    • Tuning Ratio: 20:1
  • Bridge
    • Type: 3-Point Adjustable
    • Plating: Chrome
  • Hardware
    • Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
    • Pickguard: Black
    • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
  • Pickups
    • Neck Position: G3 Bass (Alnico V)
    • Middle Position: G3 Bass (Alnico V)
    • Bridge Position: G3 Bass (Alnico V)
  • Electronics
    • Potentiometers: 1 Volume Control, 1 Tone Control
    • Type: 500k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
    • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
    • Toggle Switch: Three-way with Black Plastic Tip
    • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4 inch Mono
  • Finish
    • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
    • Process: 1-1.5 mils
  • Case Type: Gibson Gig Bag
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
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Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass Guitar
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Solid bass, it did have a 1" flaw on the top of the lower bout. Looks almost like the zipper to the gig bag bit into the wood.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
3 pickups on a bass is sorta unique. Sounds good though.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
It's a bit heavy, and I don't like the fact Gibson doesn't offer a case for it. I did find a rectangular case made for a Gibson hollow body bass that works. It has a wide body and big headstock, so finding a case was a bit tricky.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
It can get a nice deep smooth tone or something snappier if you like.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The stain is done well and even. I didn't see issues with quality.
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