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
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.
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.
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.