1978 GIBSON G1 GRABBER BASS
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During 1978 the small Flying V shaped blonde headstock added a black laminate. This black headstock included a silkscreened gold logo including the "i" dot connected to the "G" and open "o". The blonde headstocks still included black logos.
Other 1978 G1 Grabber characteristics: Schaller BM tuners with Gibson name on gear plate, serial number on headstock back, "MADE IN U.S.A." stamp on back of headstock underneath the tuner plates, three screw plastic truss rod cover including the model name, pearloid dot fret markers, 4 bolt one piece maple neck with dovetail joint headstock dovetail joint headstock and no volute, Gibson name neck plate, single ply black pickguard with foil shielding on underside, moveable black pickup including Gibson embossed logo, chrome bridge cover, single slot saddle metal plate bridge, string through three piece maple or alder body, two black speed knobs including numbers and metal position markers, Switchcraft input jack on pickguard, CTS potentiometers, "orange drop" capacitor, contoured black case with Gibson name and crimson interior.
Gibson continued the eight digit serial number headstock dating scheme in 1978. Ex: YDDDYPPP- The first and fifth letter indicate year of production. The second, third and fourth letters indicate the day of production within the year. The sixth, seventh and eighth letters indicate the manufacturing plant: 001 to 499 shows production rank at the Kalamazoo factory and 500 to 999 shows production rank at the Nashville factory. Gibson production totals show 223 Ebony, 61 Natural Maple Gloss, 363 Natural Satin, 14 Walnut and 145 Wine Red Grabbers were shipped in 1978.