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Gibson Basses / Re: strange Grabber on Ebay
« Last post by 66Atlas on February 17, 2018, 03:03:39 PM »
It looks a lot like some of the Aria Pro II's from the early-mid 80s.
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The Outpost Cafe / Re: Craigslist transaction
« Last post by 66Atlas on February 17, 2018, 02:56:56 PM »
Yep, pretty much like that every time for me  ;D  I'm not sure what I'm more nervous about, having the money or having the product.  Either way I always feel like I'm going to get robbed and always ends in a happy exchange.  Our local police department has a section of their parking lot set aside for "Safer transactions" but its not as much fun without the adrenaline rush.
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Gibson Basses / 53 EB Day
« Last post by 66Atlas on February 17, 2018, 02:42:41 PM »
Iv always wanted one of these and couldn't believe it when it popped up on Guitar Centers site last week at a great price. According to them it came in from a construction worker who was gutting a building before it was razed.  It was left in the basement in a pile of stuff that mostly got thrown in a dumpster.  Luckily he decided to make a buck off it rather that throw it in too.



The case hadn't been opened in at least 30 years I'd bet.  As you can see the metal bits were fairly corroded and case was covered in a light mildew.  Unfortunately no post, instead the case contained all the last owners tools, fuses, notes, some rusty razor blades, tape and cable that was being consumed by growing green grime.



As far as the bass itself it was well played but also cared for.  Some buckle rash through the finish but the frets don't show a bit of wear from the rotosounds it had on it.  Two of the tuners are missing the plastic buttons but the owner had a nifty little key that could be used to turn the bare posts.  The output jack plate had been replaced with a piece of white plastic that was spray painted brown. It crumbled to pieces when I tried to remove it.  The great thing is the pickup is in perfect condition and the original electronics all worked great after a little cleanup.



The bass was built prior to the introduction serial numbers in 1953 so with the help of some early LP gurus we were able to estimate that it was probably assembled in sometime in March/April.  Unlike the later models with inlay logos these early ones got the same silkscreen logo (with the dot connected to the G) that various acoustics got.



& After about 6-7 hours of inspection, cleanup, testing and tuning it's back to its former glory...Minus two peg buttons and post...

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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Blueprints/measurements of 20/20
« Last post by tore00 on February 17, 2018, 02:17:09 PM »
Strange things are taking shape after few hours in the basement


Very rough now. I just scored an EMG HB on ebay that is the perfect candidate for a Ferrari Red.
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The Outpost Cafe / Craigslist transaction
« Last post by Dave W on February 17, 2018, 01:17:45 PM »
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Gibson Basses / Re: Dire financial situation at Gibson?
« Last post by Dave W on February 17, 2018, 01:16:48 PM »
Just a quick note - I started to Google "Gibson CEO.." and the first thing that came up was "Gibson CEO crazy".  :mrgreen:

Google autocomplete knows everything!  :mrgreen:

Saw this elsewhere:

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Gibson Basses / Re: strange Grabber on Ebay
« Last post by Dave W on February 17, 2018, 10:13:14 AM »
"IT HAS OF COURSE DINGS AND DONGS" -- not sure I want a bass with a dong, much less multiple dongs.

"NICE OLD GREAT SOUNDING DRY WOOD" -- is he referring to the dong?

Agreed, Grabber neck, Grabber pickup, non-Gibson body. Looks like a mahogany substitute, so probably from an Asian bass. Amateur strip and spray refinish. Not the worst thing in the world. I hope anyone who buys it understands what it is. OTOH anyone who would pay that asking price might not.

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Gibson Basses / Re: strange Grabber on Ebay
« Last post by gearHed289 on February 17, 2018, 10:11:27 AM »
It looks like one of the old Kramer aluminum necks, but with a Grabber neck.

I was thinking someone traced an Alembic Spoiler.

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Gibson Basses / Re: Dire financial situation at Gibson?
« Last post by gearHed289 on February 17, 2018, 10:05:24 AM »
Just a quick note - I started to Google "Gibson CEO.." and the first thing that came up was "Gibson CEO crazy".  :mrgreen:
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Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Last post by gearHed289 on February 17, 2018, 10:04:09 AM »

"Hi, I'm Uwe, my grandfather had his army training in The Netherlands in 1941, he always said he liked that period in his life better than the Eastern Front and 5 year Russian captivity that followed, and, yes, we still have a few surplus bikes from him in our cellar, want them back?"


My daughter rolled her eyes :rolleyes: and moaned "Papa!!!" under her breath, but he cracked up laughing and I think it broke some ice.  :mrgreen:

 ;D ;D ;D A true dad you are Uwe!
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