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1974 Gibson Ripper L9-S Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Natural w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1974 Gibson “The Ripper” L9-S bass in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the more unique and versatile Gibson basses ever produced, this Ripper comes equipped with its original pair of Bill Lawrence designed “Super Humbucker” pickups and a four-way rotary switch for series, parallel, and out-of-phase pickup settings.

The set neck, string-through body design, and all-maple construction ensure a powerful platform with excellent sustain and immediate articulation. The pickups have a rich tonal palette, delivering fundamental punch and top end cut, and while this bass does have a distinctive growl and grind accentuated by a set of 45-100 roundwound strings, rolling back the Tone knob to taste can yield a broad, meaty thump. The four-way rotary switch enables a wide array of tonalities, functioning as follows:

1 in phase — series
2 bridge only — single
3 in phase — parallel
4 out of phase — series

This Ripper has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Chunky C, measuring .870” 1st fret, 1.030” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Maple
-Frets: Medium jumbo (wide-flat), leveled and crowned, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 34”
-Nut: 1 9/16” bone, replacement
-Tuners: Original clover-button
-Serialization: Six-digit stamp

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Pickups: Super Humbucker x2
-Harness: Two original CTS pots date to 14th week of 1974, one replacement modern CTS pot
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone, Four-way rotary pickup selector
-Hardware: Chrome-plated three-point bridge (bridge cover in case)
-Plastics: Black speed knobs, one-ply black pickguard (one chipped corner and redrilled mounting screw)

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Natural nitro lacquer finish includes buckle rash across the back and a number of small nicks and scratches on the body as a whole, largely along the lower bout perimeter. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a number of shallow marks and an area of palm wear on the bass-side shoulder at fret 7.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case features functional latches and the original handle, with a silver Gibson silkscreen on the lid.