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Epiphone Limited Edition Ripper Bass
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The Limited Edition Ripper Bass brings back a Gibson favorite of the '70s. It is an Epiphone creation with a hard maple body and matching maple neck ...Click To Read More About This Product
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A '70s Gibson classic!
The Limited Edition Ripper Bass brings back a Gibson favorite of the '70s. It is an Epiphone creation with a hard maple body and matching maple neck and fingerboard. The back of the neck has a satin finish for smooth feel while the fingerboard has a high gloss polyurethane finish that will protect it for years. A brass nut has been added to increase sustain. Another new wrinkle is a split-coil, single-coil pickup combination with individual volumes, master tone, and 3-way switching for greater tonal range. A great bass from the past with its unique styling and custom touches that enhance performance.
- '70s Gibson Ripper design
- Hard maple body
- Hard maple neck
- Maple fingerboard
- Satin neck finish
- Durable polyurethane finish on the fretboard
- Brass nut for added sustain
- Single-coil/split-coil pickup combination
- 2 volume controls
- Master tone
- 3-way switching
Reviewed by 10 customers
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Didn't know anything about the Gibson Ripper, except that one of the Brother Johnson played one. Now, the Epi-Ripper seems like its own orignal creation to me. This bass is well balanced, beautiful attention to detail, like the brass nut, abalone fret inlays, and the sound, full, growlly, clear, dirty, totally versatile. The bass truly feels like a Limited Edition, there is no way Epi can continue production on a brilliant bass like this at this low price forever. Get them while they got'em, else you'll kick yourselve when they are all gone. Perfect bass for any level player, best of a beginner because you won't need another for the rest of your life.
This Epi-Ripper is.....good. They fixed all the problems with the Original Ripper (Namely, the bridge) had with design. Please! Don't assume this is as good as the Vintage models for tone. It isn't. The Original pickups are a lot better (I own a 1974 Ripper) than these. They convey that warmth that vintage equipment has. The 3 way switch is not an original feature (The original had a 4 way, in a VARITONE switch) The 3 knobs on the original are Volume, Tone, and Midrange roll off. The bridge on this model is a way smarter idea than the original 3 pole bridge. The bushings would wear out on the original, allowing the intonation to go wherever it wanted. It's great that Gibson wanted to bring back the legend, but it should be about both the TONE and the APPEARANCE. If all you want is the shape, get this bass, if you want the Ripper tone, Get a Ripper, or Grabber.
This bass really seems more expensive than it actually is. It's beautiful looking and it has a very smooth neck. Despite it's wide size it is not that heavy. The pickups are pretty cool but it would be interesting to play an original ripper with humbuckers. Also i didn't find out until recently but i believe Greg Lkae played a Ripper during ELP's Brain Salad Surgery tour in 73-74.
this surprisingly is a very good bass. It is all maple so when it comes to tone, this thing is a beast. i like the 3-way toggle switch, it makes it a lot easier to kill the signal at practice. The satin finish on the back of the neck is great, smoother than babys' skin. its very comfortable, despite its size. Im always commented on the size, but if you wear it at the right height, it looks great. One flaw is its a bit top-heavy, but a good strap can fix it in a jiffy.price is nice and low too
I own the last Gibson Ripper made. I bought this Epi Ripper for fun to see what I would get. Its a good solid bass built on a Ripper-like body, but its not a Ripper. The neck has that great Gibson feel and the body is larger than my Gibson Ripper. The Gibson Ripper has two humbuckers and the Epi has J-Bass passive pickups. I was hoping for active pickups, but the passive ones work OK. All in all, its a good value at a great price. Ordering a hard-shell case was an experience. Now if Gibson would do something like this with improved electronics, I would own three Rippers!!!
I just got this bass at a local shop and I love it. The first thing you notice is the size. This thing is huge! But it is also balanced and not too heavy. The craftsmanship and finish work are excellent for an import. The maple looks great and the high gloss finish looks durable. The limited edition brand on the back of the headstock, the raised letter neck plate, the brass nut, and the excellent new bridge design are some of the nicer features of this bass. My one issue is the electronics seem kind of cheapo. The pickups are loose and rattle a bit and they seem a bit weak. The volume pots have the shortest taper I've ever heard. From 1 to 6 quiet and then boom! all the volume from 7 - 10.For the money though this bass is real nice. The overall quality of work here makes it a worthy candidate for upgraded electronics. Even without that though I can say that when you strap this on you will feel like you're playing a real bass!
This is an okay bass. Like all epiphone basses the top of the neck is really thin. The great thing about this bass is that it is great for playing early Green Day. I'm a huge fan of Mike Dirnt and love Dookie. Buy this bass if you like epiphone or early Green Day.
I bought this bass about a month ago and i've got one word for it: PHAT! This bass makes the exact sound I wanted in a bass. It sounds great for playing older green day songs because mike dirnt had a gibson g3 which is practically the same thing. Also it's much louder than my other one and is great both for picking and playing with fingers(i do both). The only problem I found is that it's really big and can't fit in by gig bag all the way. And after a while of playing, my shoulder hurts. But other than that, best bass I've ever played and owned. I reccomend this to anyone with a bit more experiance than a begginer. Buy it!
I have played this bass by way of a friend. I wasn't expecting much by the total difference between this and my Gibson G-3. Good playability and tone for an epiphone, and I prefer the pickups on the vintage models. However, if you dont want to spend the money on a real vintage, this is the way to go.
The pickups provide a very nice warm sound. Lots of sustain. The only problem I had with this was some of the nobs fell off, and I had to repair them. This is a great deal.