Gibson “The Ripper” Bass, 1977

New to my rare Gibsons Guitar collection, a genuine vintage The Ripper Bass. This is a 1970s designed bass along the “Grabber” Bass and Guitar models Marauder and S1, and the Gibson L6s models. This is a large body shape flat body bass guitar, and the result of cooperation between Bill Lawrence and Gibson. It was initially designed in 1973 and first released in 1975. The idea was to make a “multi-sound Bass system” for a low price. The Ripper Bass was issue with the model code name L-9s, linking it with the other L-s models. Like the L6-S guitar models the Ripper and Grabber remained in production for a few years but was phased out gradually, although these Basses remained in the catalogue into1980s and were still being made in the Nashville plant. The L9-s is now considered to be a collector item and one of the underrated Gibson solid bodied guitars of the era. Guitar lives in its plush purple line hard-case.