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The same low, resonant response as the original model.
Gibson's Limited Run Grabber II bass stays true to many details of the model's original production years of 1973-75, such as its arrow-shaped, Flying V-inspired headstock, bell-shaped truss rod cover, and Gibson-designed sliding humbucking pickup. This specialized pickup allows players to slide the pickup between the end of the neck and the bridge and fine-tune the frequency response of the instrument. The Grabber II's 34-1/2" scale length also remains identical, yielding the same low, resonant response as the original model. The large shamrock button tuners and chunky, three-point adjustable bridge are back as well, as is the simple one-volume, one-tone control setup.
The Grabber II also emulates the original in its use of a thin maple body—as used on the first Grabbers until the change to alder wood in 1975—which contributes to the bass' excellent tonal clarity and punch. It also utilizes Gibson's traditional glued-in set maple neck with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, which enhances the bass' tonal quality and sustain. All in all, this "rediscovered" Gibson bass offers the heavy, rocking tones of the '70s in an instrument crafted for 21st century playability. Each Grabber II comes with its own Limited Series Run customized certificate of authenticity and a black Gibson hardshell case with plush white interior and silkscreened Gibson USA logo.
The introduction of the original Gibson Grabber bass in 1973 caught the attention of bassists around the world. Its sleek design was matched ever so smoothly with its thick, heavy and well-defined tone. Thousands of players found its blend of simplicity and versatility very hard to ignore, including the likes of Gene Simmons of Kiss, Green Day's Mike Dirnt, and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. The model has been out of the Gibson catalog since 1982, but it is back again—briefly—thanks to the introduction of the Grabber II, now available as part of Gibson USA's Limited Run Series guitars.
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I played one of these the other day at a GC and I was a bit surprised to see one there. I have played a few vintage models in the past and really loved the sound I got out of them. There first thing that I noticed was its Black satin finish. I thought this made the bass seem a bit tacky and one would expect a cheaper price tag given makers like Fender and Gibson themselves have done this with previous models. It obviously has the sliding pickup which is probably the best thing about this bass. The change in sound can be subtle but enough that it makes a difference. The maple body gives it the bite and punch that would allow you to stand out, but I the knack keeps it from getting the brilliance of the classic version.....
Vow!! I only got myself 1980 Grabber last year. It would be interesting to compare this one with the old versions. Too bad it doesn't have maple fretboard. Maple body + Maple neck + maple fretboard is the killer combination and it looked cool on black. They should've kept the strings through the body bridge. It was cheap and ugly but this one might be even worse. The price is very questionable. Grabber was the cheapest bass of that time, but not too many people could afford this new version. Hope that this limited run would be successful and Gibson would start mass production of these beauties.
The Gibson Grabber bass is so interesting. It is very lightweight compared to other brands, such as Fender and Music Man, and it has two contoured cutaways to provide the player access to the higher frets. The new version of the Grabber features a glued-in neck instead of a bolt-on neck. Thus, it has more sustain. The only problem I see in the profile of the Grabber bass is the ridiculous price. It should NOT be above $100 it should be more like $400 at the least. That's basically all I have to say.
These basses are pretty cool, but I would save money and get an original on Ebay for a fraction of the price. They're built tough but overpriced. Gibson has never really seemed to give the customers what they want. If Gibson were to reissue the Victory Artiss Bass and the non-reverse Thunderbirds then business would booming, and Gibsons would be booming many more stages.
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