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Hey everyone,

 

I bought a Ripper bass back around 2007.  The seller told me that it was built by a Gibson employee after hours for personal use, so it had some unique features:  bolt on neck, custom truss cover, and no serial. The fit and finish look very good to me compared to other Gibson instruments I own or have been around.  But I’m curious if this is even a thing that happened, or were Ripper’s faked?  I’m curious to hear some opinions.

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I think I have my answer after some digging.  I’m pretty sure the bass is an Aria pro II LB-650 that someone added a 90’s Gibson headstock logo to.  A lot of the details match the Aria and the logo matches my 90’s Gibson SG-1.  

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It is indeed definitely an Aria LB-650, despite the Gibson logo.

I see you have the version with the thru-body string path but it hasn't been strung that way. .....:-k

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