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Gibson Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass Satin Ebony

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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 in... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

The new Grabber 3 ™70s Tribute Bass from Gibson USA recaptures the best qualities of the original version, produced from 1973 to 1975, but increases the overall quality and versatility with a glued-in neck for improved resonance and sustain, and three newly designed Gibson single-coil bass pickups wired for hum-canceling performance in all positions. From tonewoods, to pickups, to playing feel, the Grabber 3 ™70s Tribute Bass is engineered to make the most of your low-end requirements and remains as relevant today as it was when first released nearly 40 years ago. What' more, the Grabber 3 ™70s Tribute Bass looks great in either grain-textured Satin Ebony Black or Satin Honey Burst finish, both in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer.

The foundation of the Grabber 3 ™70s Tribute Bass' eviscerating punch is found in a departure from traditional Gibson tonewoods. The thin body is crafted from solid maple (Grade A beneath the burst finish, Grade C beneath the opaque) and carved in a double-cutaway shape with contoured edges reminiscent of the classic SG but also totally original as well. A glued-in Grade-A maple neck with a satin natural finished back is carved in a slim, fast profile that measures .820 at the 1st fret and .920 at the 12th. It 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 follows the œarrowhead shape of the original Grabber, reminiscent of Gibson' 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' meaty three-point adjustable bass bridge, a sturdy design that provides an ultra-solid anchor at the body end.

With a solid tonal foundation assured, the Grabber 3 ™70s Tribute 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' 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 œswitch 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. Each bass comes protected in a plush-lined bag with black exterior and includes owner' manual and adjustment literature.


  • 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
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GibsonGrabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass

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A range of sounds

By Michael Wynn

from Dallas

Comments about Gibson Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass:

I have been playing bass for over 40 years and have quite a collection of basses, but what caught my eye with the "Grabber 3 Tribute" were the 3 pickups. The Guitar Center close to me finally got one in and I went in "twice" to play it. I bought one after playing and really like the range of sound I can get with the 3 pickups. I wasn't crazy over the paint (I got Black) but it is a quality instrument and affordable. It is slightly heavier than my other axes but not bad. And in getting "my sound" out of the Bass I have found a couple of new ones that I'm now working with. Other than I wanted it in fretless and for some reason Gibson didn't want to work with me, but I'm still happy and will be making a few "Mods" in the future.

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Just like the one Gene Simmons used in the 70's

By Tommy O'Donnell

from New Fairfield

Comments about Gibson Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass:

Not only does this bass look amazing, but it sounds amazing... I'm into the classic rock, preferably KISS. Gene Simmons used this bass, and now I know why. It's fairly cheap, and just awesome. The neck is smoother than smooth, and the weight of it just light. It's a very thin bass. I also play guitar, and not used to the long necks that basses have... you can hit every note. The strings that are already on it are a little dull, but still good.

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A real disapointment

By Mark Bradley

from saddlebrook nj

Comments about Gibson Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Electric Bass:

Took mine home and tried to take the protective plastic coating off of the pick guard.Wound up having to take it back to guitar center.The guitar tech had to remove the pick guard to remove the protective coating.He didnt get it all out.When I brought it home there was still plastic caught under the volume button.Very annoying. i really wanted the bass to be a factory set up and this bothered me. Then I noticed while playing it that the toggle switch wasnt straight.That bothered me.Final straw was when I was checking the paint job. They glued the neck in before painting the body.I could see a black paint mark on the maple neck where it was glued to the body.That was it.I returned it the next day.Also the gigbag they give you is a joke.I expected much more from Gibson

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