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Gibson Grabber

Gibson Grabber
Manufacturer Gibson
Period 1973–1983
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body Maple (early models) or Alder (later models)
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Bridge Fixed
Pickup(s) 1 Sliding Pickup (Gibson Grabber), or 3 Pickups (Gibson G3)
Colors available
Wine Red, Ebony, Natural, Walnut and White

The Gibson Grabber was a bass guitar introduced in 1973 along with the Gibson Ripper.

The Grabber featured a bolt-on Script error: No such module "convert". neck like the Fender basses and shared a similar body shape with the Ripper. The Grabber also had a V-shaped headstock like the Gibson Flying V guitar. A distinctive feature of the Grabber was its adjustable "sliding pickup", which could be repositioned by the player to simulate a neck or bridge pickup position, or in between, to provide further tonal variation. The pickup was brighter than the traditional Gibson style humbuckers, which made it sound more like Fenders. The Grabber had one volume, one tone control and a removable bridge cover. The Grabber was originally built with a thin, maple body, but it was changed to alder in 1975. 1975 was also a peak year for Grabber sales, due largely to the high profile usage of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, who used one almost exclusively throughout 1974 and 1975 respectively, including their appearance on The Midnight Special in 1975, and on the album cover of the multi-platinum LP ALIVE! that same year, totalling 2,637 basses shipped. The Gibson Grabber was marketed in wine red, ebony, natural, walnut and white colors. The Grabber was popular and quickly replaced the Gibson EB0 as Gibson's entry level bass. The Grabber was discontinued in 1982.

Later, another model of the Grabber was produced called the Gibson G3. This bass had three stationary pickups mounted in the neck,bridge and middle positions. A three way switch was added to the control scheme so that the pickups could be activated as humbucking pairs; neck & middle, bridge & middle, or all three in humbucking configuration for the so-called "buck and a half". Although very similar, the Grabber and G3 have different and unique sounds which lead players to prefer one over the other.

2009 Reissue

In 2009 Gibson produced a limited reissue of the single adjustable pickup version of the Grabber. It is limited to 350 models and is available only in black.

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