#1
so i have serious gas for a 70s gibson grabber. they have that tone, and i hear that the neck is very nice too. im tempted to pick one up off the ebay. one question though, are these any good? i play in a metalcore band and this would be my drop c bass, would that be a big no no or would it be ok?

thanks
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#2
Amazing basses. But if you're playing in drop C, it might get a bit muddy.

Look into the Gibson G3. Big brother of the Grabber:


It'll have a bit more definition than the Grabber. Whatever you do, just don't get a Ripper... mud city.


If you still are jazzed on a Grabber... check out the band, These Arms Are Snakes, the bassist, Brian Cook (also of Botch and Russian Circles) uses a Grabber through some Emperor Cabs, 70's Ampeg SVTs and more pedals than you can shake a stick at.
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#3
well i know that the bassist form fall of troy uses them, and they certainly can get heavy. and i really like the sliding pickups, so i do want a grabber, but mike dirnt used a g3, so ive heard of them before
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#4
I've played a G3 and it was SUPER bright and metalic sounding. I loved that, but I don't really see it working in metalcore. THe tone was akin to a rick I guess. I have o experiance with the G1 (grabber) though.
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#5
Would you be getting a 70's Grabber or one of the re-issues?
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#6
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I've played a G3 and it was SUPER bright and metalic sounding. I loved that, but I don't really see it working in metalcore. THe tone was akin to a rick I guess. I have o experiance with the G1 (grabber) though.


i love bright and metalic sounding basses, and i eq my bass as such. its sits really well in the mix, so it will work just fine

i would be getting an orignal, not a ressiue
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#7
Word. Well good luck on the bidding! haha, wish i could afford my dream Gibson... an RD Artist. Some day...


If you find it getting too muddy add an EQ pedal and boost the Highs and High-mids.

IMHO, Grabbers are aesthetically one of the best out there.

Cheers!
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#8
i saw that they go for like 900 to 1200 on ebay and thats not bad at all
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#9
I think it's a shame that Gibson don't make more basses. I mean there's the T-Bird, which is awesome IMO, and the Grabber, which looks horrible, (again IMO), the Growler, which again I think is horrible, and the SG bass, wihhc I don't like the way it plays. They are all good quality sound etc. but the only one I actually like is the T-Bird.

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#10
Hm. Never played a Grabber. But they seem to be great basses...go for it. I don't like to enclose instruments to certain genres.
#11
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I think it's a shame that Gibson don't make more basses. I mean there's the T-Bird, which is awesome IMO, and the Grabber, which looks horrible, (again IMO), the Growler, which again I think is horrible, and the SG bass, wihhc I don't like the way it plays. They are all good quality sound etc. but the only one I actually like is the T-Bird.


They don't even need to make different basses. They just need to make MORE of the one's they've had and discontinued.

Right now it's like they have the Tbird (IV, V and NS sig) and the SG bass as regular runs; along with WAY too expensive Grabber and Ripper reissues (like $3000 each). That's IT!

Just thinking about all the bass models they had in the 70's bums me out.


I wish Gibson had a 'middle of the road' line, like mexican Fenders. Something that would be between an Epiphone and a Gibson.


Gibson hates bassists.
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#12
The old Grabbers are amazing for metalcore, especially if you have a dirty tone in mind (like pushing an Ampeg and even to the point of like using a fuzz factory or something). I don't know about newer ones. One of my favorite tones is Eddie Breckenridge's tone on The Artist In The Ambulance album by Thrice (which is a Grabber with a fuzz factory through an Ampeg). It is more post-hardcore/experimental rock, but the tone easily dominates in metalcore.
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#13
well i use an acoustic running through an svt 6x10, but will get an ampeg once i get my grabber. and i use a russian big muff all the time, so i think it will sound good. but today my band disbanded . so im starting up a punk popis band with some core infleuences, so the grabber will be even better. and no, we wont be like a day to remember.
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#14
The bass player from Queens of the Stone Age plays a G1 in C standard though SVTs. Get it set up properly and you'll be fine.

EDIT: Shit it's a Ripper. Ignore that first part.
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#15
lol yeah. i think im gunna get one
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#16
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They don't even need to make different basses. They just need to make MORE of the one's they've had and discontinued.

Right now it's like they have the Tbird (IV, V and NS sig)

Isn't the Gibson V discontinued?

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#17
yeah it is discontinued i think
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