SOLD - Gibson L9-S The Ripper Bass 1975 Rare Alder Body - One Year Only

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I grabbed this bass late last week.  I was headed to meet family and a bunch of friends for our annual camping trip.  I figured I'd have to wait to get home to try it out.  Well, the campsite has power and we always play music all weekend, so a friend decided to bring a PA system and an improvised electronic drums.  The bass turned out to be key, and did it sound good! 

I knew when I picked it up that it was lighter than other Rippers and Grabber basses I've sold, but didn't recall that they'd made the bass out of alder instead of maple.  Gibson used the lighter and better sounding alder in 1975 only. 

You can dial up some great sounds from the Bill Lawrence pickups with the rotary switch, and the bass plays incredibly well.  The neck sets up well with plenty of adjustment left in the truss rod.  Frets show wear, and they may have been milled in the past, but there's plenty of life left. 

The bridge cover is missing and there are a couple extra holes near where it was mounted.  Otherwise the bass is all original and is really clean, cosmetically.  The original case is included as well, and it is in excellent. condition as well.  

All parts and solder joints are original.  There are no repairs or issues whatsoever with the bass.


  • Color: Natural
  • Weight: 8lb 9oz
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Inlay: Gold Pearl dots
  • Frets: Original jumbo, milled once with light wear
  • Fret count: 20
  • Nut material: Orig, bone?
  • Nut width: 1.623"
  • Scale: 34"
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: .854"
  • Neck thickness at 7th fret: .94"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: 1.02"
  • Hardware: All orig except for the missing bridge cover
  • Neck pickup:  Original Bill Lawrence designed humbucker, 11.89k
  • Bridge pickup: Original Bill Lawrence designed humbucker, 11.88k
  • Pickguard: Original
  • Bridge: Original
  • Tuners: Original
  • Switch: Original
  • Pots: Original
  • Case: Original
  • In the case: Nada

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