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1979 G1 Grabber characteristics: Small V shaped black headstock with silkscreened gold logo including the "i" dot connected to the "G" and open "o". Schaller M-4 tuners with Gibson name on gear cover, "MADE IN U.S.A." stamp on back of headstock beneath the serial number, two screw plastic truss rod cover including the model name, pearloid dot fret markers, 4 bolt one piece maple neck with dovetail joint headstock and no volute, Gibson name neck plate, single ply black pickguard, 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, potentiometers, "orange drop" capacitor, input jack on pickguard, strapholder, contoured black case with Gibson name and crimson interior.

Gibson continued the eight digit serial number headstock dating scheme in 1979. 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 94 Ebony, 26 Natural Maple Gloss, 1 Walnut and 205 Wine Red Grabbers were shipped in 1979.