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Left-Handed Gibson L9S Ripper Bass


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Hello Guys, I am new to the forum. I have a Gibson Left-Handed Ripper Bass Serial# 80810062 Black, Engraved USA. w/ Original Gibson case.

The story is back when I ordered the bass left-handed my friend owned a musical instrument retail store (Bandstand Music) and he was a new Gibson dealer. Gibson told him they did not make the Ripper anymore but since it was a left handed order and they had to special setup for it anyway and that he was a new dealer they would make one more. It was to take 6 months, apparently did not pass inspection, and took another 6 months, but after 1 year and almost giving up it was delivered. I have never looked into trying to validate the story. I played bass in the late 70's to the mid 80's then started my own Used Guitar Shop and Recording Studio in Augusta GA in 1985. which I closed in 1990, got married, and with 2 kids later, the bass has been stored under my bed for 25 years with just bringing it out a few times a year. I decided to finally look into the story of it being the last one made and from what I have been told there were no left handed L9S Ripper Basses known to be made? Well I have one. So, is it the only left-handed Ripper in existence? Can anyone here add to or clarify the mystery?

 

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Richard with the Ripper in Atlanta GA

 

Here are some pics.

 

http://www.leftybassist.com/download/file.php?id=5056

http://www.leftybassist.com/download/file.php?id=5057

http://www.leftybassist.com/download/file.php?id=5058

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Welcome, LeftHandRipperBass!

 

Great story, and an awesome mystery.

 

All I can find on it indicates that you have a one-off rarity.

 

The L-9-S bass guitar was introduced in 1973, and then renamed The Ripper in 1974.

It was made until 1982.

A Ripper II bass was introduced in the summer of 2009.

 

A pristine 1970's Ripper bass is worth well over a thousand dollars.

I can only imagine that, if you wanted to sell that rare beast, you could fetch $2,000 for it, considering its unusual pedigree, and the fact that you are the sole owner.

 

Looking forward to your future posts!

 

:)

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