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LTD 4-string Electric Bass with Maple Body and Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Two Humbucking Pickups - Natural

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A classic reborn!

The Ripper II Bass from Gibson is a reissue of the famous bass from the '70s that was built for serious rock tones. This incarnation has a body built from a solid piece of maple coupled with a rosewood-topped maple neck. The Ripper II Bass's maple body also serves as the tonal center of this bass, offering up a sound that's thick and punchy, with plenty of attack. The pickups have been totally redesigned and custom-wound by the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop, for tone that cuts through the mix. Only 350 Ripper II Basses will be made.

Gibson Ripper II 4-string Electric Bass at a Glance:
  • Body
  • Neck and headstock
  • Fingerboard
  • Electronics

The body of the Ripper II Bass is constructed from a solid piece of maple wood. It provides the perfect balance for the 34" scale length neck, and also adds a bright, crisp attack to the tone. No paint is used, as each body is left in its natural color, and given two coats of high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. The average weight of a Ripper II Bass body is 5.31 lbs, which is about average for a bass guitar, and provides balance, a solid feel, and brighter tones that prove compatible with the Ripper II's special pickup configuration.

Neck and headstock
The neck of the Ripper II Bass is also constructed from maple, and is a three-piece neck. It also has a volute carved into it to help strengthen the neck joint area. The use of maple also helps provide a rigid support for the string tension. Gibson's traditional rounded profile is hand-carved into the neck, delivering a comfortable, super-fast feel to one of the quickest necks in the industry.

The fingerboard on the Ripper II Bass is constructed from some of the highest grade rosewood on the planet. The 12-inch radius of the fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. The nut on the Ripper II Bass is made from Corian, which is mainly composed of acrylic polymer. It's a very durable material, delivers enhanced sustain, and holds the tolerances of the precision cuts made by the PLEK machine. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard, which ensures proper tone and sustain transfer between them.

The 6-position selector knob lets you dial in six very different tone selections. In position one you get the bridge pickup only. Position two gives you the second coil of the neck pickup and the first coil of the bridge pickup. Position three delivers the first coil of the bridge pickup. Position four dials in the second coil of the neck pickup. Position five gives you the first coil of the neck pickup and the second coil of the bridge pickup. And the sixth position gives you only the neck pickup. That's six distinct choices — each one a clear and well-defined tone all its own. The Ripper II features two totally redesigned humbucker pickups that were wound for Gibson exclusively by the Seymour Duncan custom shop in California. The pickups in the Ripper II were designed to deliver the broadest range of adjustment possible, along with as much cutting power as you'll ever need. The sound from these pickups is especially superb, and they're only available in the Ripper II.

Gibson Ripper II 4-string Electric Bass Features:
  • Maple body
  • High-gloss natural finish
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 34" scale neck
  • Corian nut
  • Two humbucking pickups custom-designed and built by Seymour Duncan Custom Shop
  • 6-way selector switch
  • Speed knobs
  • Chrome hardware
  • Hardshell case
  • Certificate of Authenticity
Grab a limited-run version of a classic with the Ripper II Bass from Gibson!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number BAR2NSCH1

Customer Reviews

See also: Gibson, Gibson 4-string Bass Guitars