Gibson Ripper II Reissue Electric Bass Guitar; A classic reborn!
A reissue of the famous bass from the '70s that was built for serious rock tones. The Gibson Ripper II has a body built from a solid piece of maple coupled with a rosewood-topped maple neck. The Ripper II's maple body also serves as the tonal center of this bass, offering up a sound that's thick and punchy, with plenty of attack. The pickups have been totally redesigned and custom-wound by the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop, for tone that cuts through the mix. Only 350 Ripper II Basses will be made.
Gibson Ripper II Features:
- Maple body
- High-gloss natural finish
- Maple neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- 34 inch scale neck
- Corian nut
- Two humbucking pickups custom-designed and built by Seymour Duncan Custom Shop
- 6-way selector switch
- Speed knobs
- Chrome hardware
- Hardshell case
- Certificate of Authenticity
The body of the Ripper II Bass is constructed from a solid piece of maple wood. It provides the perfect balance for the 34 inch scale length neck, and also adds a bright, crisp attack to the tone. No paint is used, as each body is left in its natural color, and given two coats of high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. The average weight of a Ripper II Bass body is 5.31 lbs, which is about average for a bass guitar, and provides balance, a solid feel, and brighter tones that prove compatible with the Ripper II’s special pickup configuration. The maple body yields a crisp, clean attack for each note.
Neck & headstock
The neck of the Ripper II Bass is also constructed from maple, and is a three-piece neck. It also has a volute carved into it to help strengthen the neck joint area. The use of maple also helps provide a rigid support for the string tension. Through the center of the neck is the same historically proven and recognized truss rod for the fine adjustments needed to ensure ultimate and personalized string action and sustain. Gibson’s traditional rounded profile is hand-carved into the neck, delivering a comfortable, super-fast feel to one of the quickest necks in the industry. The classic Gibson logo is silk-screened onto the face of the headstock veneer. It is the most recognizable in all of music, representing more than a century of originality and excellence. There is simply no equal.
The fingerboard on the Ripper II Bass is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on the planet. Rosewood is harvested from a wide range of worldwide species, and has been the fingerboard of choice for a broad variety of many models. The 12 inch radius of the fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates dead
or choked out
notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. The traditional medium/jumbo
fret wire is a combination nickel and silver alloy (approximately 80 percent nickel and 20 percent silver) specifically designed for long life and superior wear. After hand pressing it into the fingerboard, a machine press finishes the job to eliminate the gap between the bottom of the fret wire and the fingerboard. The Ripper II Bass features Gibson’s traditional Dot inlays made from figured acrylic. They are pressed into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps, and the need to use fillers.
The nut on the Ripper II Bass is made from Corian, which is mainly composed of acrylic polymer. It’s a very durable material, delivers enhanced sustain, and holds the tolerances of the precision cuts made by the PLEK machine. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard, which ensures proper tone and sustain transfer between them.
The style of joint used in joining the neck to the body is called a Mortis & Tenon joint, which has been used for years in joining two pieces of wood to make one solid piece, especially in the building of ancient ships and cabinetry. It actually enables the neck and body to become stronger together than if the instrument was made from one piece of wood. The SG Carved Top in Ocean Blue is equipped with a larger neck tenon that increases the guitar’s level of sustain. Precise measuring equipment are implemented when fitting the neck and body together so that all angles, pitches and alignments exhibit a tolerance of less than .005 inch, which is required to maintain accuracy and proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
The Ripper II Bass is only available in a smooth, high-gloss natural finish. The high-gloss finish on the Ripper II Bass leaves a very smooth texture, and aides the guitar’s tonal qualities by decreasing sound restriction.
The new six-position selector knob lets you dial in six very different tone selections. In position one you get the bridge pickup only. Position two gives you the second coil of the neck pickup and the first coil of the bridge pickup. Position three delivers the first coil of the bridge pickup. Position four dials in the second coil of the neck pickup. Position five gives you the first coil of the neck pickup and the second coil of the bridge pickup. And the sixth position gives you only the neck pickup. That’s six distinct choices – each one a clear and well-defined tone all its own. The Ripper II Bass features a ¼ inch input jack made by Switchcraft. Its super heavy duty construction holds your guitar cable securely in place for a superior electrical connection and tight positive feel.
The Ripper II features two totally redesigned humbucker pickups that were wound for Gibson exclusively by the Seymour Duncan custom shop in California. The coil of each pickup is made from ABS plastic, which is hard and durable and can withstand a broad range of temperatures. In the neck pickup, the pole pieces are positioned 26.375 inches from the nut, while the pole pieces in the bridge pickup are positioned 31.00 inches from the nut. The pickups in the new Ripper II were designed to deliver the broadest range of adjustment possible, along with as much cutting power as you'll ever need. The sound from these pickups is especially superb, and they’re only available in the Ripper II.
The Ripper II Bass features Grover Shamrock tuners, which give the bass a classic, old-school look, combined with gear ratio performance of 20:1, with excellent tight gear drive. These Grovers tuners are made of zinc and then plated with chrome. They deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. The strap buttons are the same style and design that Gibson has used since the early 1950s. They are made from aluminum.
The Ripper II Bass pickguard is made in the same style as the original Ripper bass in the 1970s. It is made of vinyl plastic, and is approximately .090 inches thick. The truss rod cover on the Ripper II Bass is made from vinyl plastic, and has the Ripper II
hot stamp directly on top.
Each Ripper II Bass comes with its very own black hardshell case, with the Gibson USA logo silkscreened across the front in white letters.
Certificate of Authenticity
Each Ripper II Bass comes with a special 2009 Limited Run Series guitar certificate of authenticity.