Gibson Limited Edition Grabber II
Gibson resurrects a classic solidbody bass with the Grabber II. Based on the Grabber circa 1973-1975, this maple-bodied beast is chock-full of the thick, punchy tone that made the original a classic. Like the original, the Grabber II boasts a sliding humbucking pickup that allows you to dial in your perfect tone by choosing the pickup location. Other features include a set maple neck topped with a rosewood fingerboard, an adjustable 3-point bridge, and a Satin Ebony nitrocellulose finish. The Grabber II is limited to just 350 instruments.
Gibson Grabber II at a Glance:
- A classic is back — for a limited time!
- Built for unmistakable Gibson tone
- Unique design
- Pays homage to a classic
A classic is back — for a limited time!
In 1973 the Gibson bass came out of the shadows in the form of the Grabber G1, a rock-minded four-string that grabbed the attention of bassists everywhere. Its sleek design was matched by a thick and heavy, yet well-defined tone, and thousands of players found its blend of simplicity and versatility very hard to ignore. The model has been out of the Gibson catalog since 1982, but it is back again — briefly — thanks to the Grabber II, now available as part of Gibson's Limited Run Series guitars.
Built for unmistakable Gibson tone
The original Grabber clearly was a Gibson instrument, with its humbucking pickup, bell-shaped truss rod cover and arrow-shaped, Flying V-inspired headstock, but it was also one of the least traditional bass guitars to emanate from the company in its storied history. Although its contoured body edge vaguely echoed the SG, its offset horns were clearly reminiscent of other popular makes, as was its bolt-on neck. Once plugged in, that fat humbucker proved brighter and more cutting tone than many similar-looking pickups that had graced Gibson basses in years past.
While the 1970s are often considered something of a "dark period" for guitar design, the decade did spawn some undeniable classics — like the Grabber. Its single sliding pickup was one of the main factors in its appeal, and allowed the player to fine-tune the frequency response of the instrument. It's 34 1/2-inch scale length made it one of the "big boys" of the bass world, yielding a low, resonant response, while its thin, comfortable, solid maple body contributed to its excellent tonal clarity and punch. Countless players of the day thrived on the Grabber's blend of thump and rumble, while many more contemporary players have rediscovered its appeal. A Grabber has frequently been the bass of choice of Mike Dirnt of Green Day, while Krist Novoselic of Nirvana played its similarly constructed two-pickup cousin, the Ripper.
Pays homage to a classic
The Grabber II is part of Gibson's Limited Run Series, and it pays homage to the first-issue original of 1973-'75 Grabbers in many details. The large "shamrock" button tuners and chunky, three-point adjustable bridge are back, as are the sliding pickup and simple one-volume, one-tone control setup. The Grabber II also emulates the original in its use of a thin maple body, as used on the first Grabbers (in 1975, the body wood changed to alder). The Grabber II utilizes Gibson's traditional glued-in set maple neck with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, which enhances the bass' tonal quality and sustain. The back of the neck also sports a natural satin finish that makes it one of the fastest, most playable necks on any Gibson guitar. All in all, this "rediscovered" Gibson bass offers the heavy, rocking tones of the '70s in an instrument crafted for 21st century playability. Each Grabber II is its own customized certificate of authenticity and a black Gibson hardshell case with plush white interior and silkscreened Gibson USA logo.
Gibson Limited Edition Grabber II
- Gibson's Limited Run Series
- Only 350 will be made
- Solid Maple Body with Satin Ebony Finish
- Set Maple Neck
- 20-Fret Rosewood Fingerboard
- Angled Headstock
- Adjustable Truss Rod
- Nickel and Silver Alloy Fret Wire
- Dot Inlays
- Sliding Vintage-Style TB Humbucker
- Three-Way Adjustable Bridge
- Nitrocellulose Finish
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Black Gibson Hardshell Case