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GIBSON G-3 Grabber BASS Relic Vintage 70s Black 66660

Regular price $1,499

This is a really amazing Gibson G-3 vintage 70s bass. Serial # 966660, Pot code date to 1977. This came to me not looking real nice so I carefully reliced the edges and other places and polished it to a nice worn look. The sound from this bass is great. It's the best bass I've ever had for a pure rock GROWL sound (3 Bill Lawrence single coils on board). I've played hundreds of Fender basses for my business and none of them come close. I was so taken by this that I bought it to turn around and sell but ended up keeping it for a couple years now, but it belongs with a real bass player. (ps: the way these are wired up or down switch position actually blends front/mid or back/mid PUs, and when you turn volume to zero, you'll still get some signal--see Wiki info below--huge variation in tones on tap).

Great recording or live bass if you want a cutting bass tone, plenty of bottom end but also lots of super articulated midrange. Would excel in a 3-piece situation where the bass needs to really be heard and not stand in the shadows. Frets have good amount of wear but it's that vintage Gibson type fret with the wide flat fret, and uniform wear up and down the neck. It still rings true all over, but if you want tall frets you'll want to re-fret it. It's just been completely gone through and set up and is playing great with new strings. No case. Weight is 8 pounds, 7 ounces. I do a full cleaning and setup on all guitars. (Details on my setups and packing at bottom of listing, as well as full specs.) Thanks for looking. If you want to hear a track I recorded with this bass check here.

Wiki Info
The Gibson G-3 was a bass guitar by Gibson building on the design of the Gibson Grabber. Introduced in 1975 as a companion to the Gibson Grabber, the G-3 (which stands for Grabber 3) introduced a new pickup scheme to the already established body style. Instead of a sliding pickup as was present in the Grabber, the G-3 featured a so-called "buck-and-a-half" trio of single coils. Along with a tone and volume control, the G-3 featured a three-way switch linked in with three Bill Lawrence single coil pickups. The pickups were designed for a "bright/low" tonality and all three pickups were designed with different tonalities. In the up position, the neck and middle pickups would be activated, and, as they were wired out of phase, a humbucker effect would result. Likewise, in the down position, the middle and bridge pickups would be activated similarly. However, when switched to the middle position, all three pickups would be activated, the neck and bridge pickups being in phase while the middle would be out of phase with both, hence the term "buck-and-a-half."

See video demo of SIMILAR bass below.

What You Get
-- Full setup and cleaning.
-- FREE USA shipping.
-- 30-day return policy.
-- Ship within 1 business day--pro packing.

Guitar Setup
All our setups are done by our in-house trained luthier. Setup includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. We spray out any pots that are noisy, turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. Basses get the same treatment minus the string change. Thanks!

I use quality boxes, thick bubble wrap, and peanuts to pack guitars. I have a very high rate of successful guitar and bass shipping (meaning few damaged instruments). I have been doing this 10 years and know how to pack well--with or without a hard case. I wrote a detailed story with photos on how I pack a guitar, which you can find on my StillKickinMusic site blog. If you Google "THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar" you will find it. Thanks.