PRODUCED: 1973 - 1982
TYPE: Solid body, offset double cutaway, 4-string
BODY: Solid maple on earliest models then Alder
NECK: Maple, bolt-on, 20 medium frets
SCALE LENGTH: 876mm (34½ -inch)
FINGERBOARD: Maple, pearl dot inlays
HARDWARE: Chrome Tune-O-Matic Bridge with cover, regular open gear bass tuners
PICKUP: Gibson movable unit
CONTROLS: Volume & Tone
FEATURES: A Flying-V styled headstock in natural or black finish, Gibson Made In USA stamped on the neckplate, Black or Tortoiseshell scratchplate
FINISHES: Natural, Natural Satin, Natural Maple Gloss, Ebony, Wine Red, Black, White, Walnut and candy Apple Red
COMMENTS: The Grabber was the first bolt-on neck bass design by Gibson and quite a heavy bass to use.
The sliding pickup was seen as a step forward and it did offer some extra tonal qualities. It was fairly limited in movement and even in the extreme positions it was still essentially a centre location, although there was a discernable difference in the attack.
It had a good solid sound though and soon became Gibson’s entry-level bass. Natural Satin and Black were the most popular finishes with White and Walnut being the most rare. Candy Apple Red appeared briefly in the 1980s.