1978 GIBSON G3 GRABBER BASS
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1978 G3 characteristics: Small V shaped black headstock with silkscreened gold logo including the "i" dot connected to the "G" and open "o", Schaller BM or Schaller M-4 tuners with Gibson name on gear cover, "MADE IN U.S.A." stamp on back of headstock beneath the serial number, three screw plastic truss rod cover including the model name, no volute, 4 bolt maple neck with dovetail joint headstock, pearloid dot fret markers, Gibson name neck plate, date ink stamp in body neck pocket, input jack on black/white/black/white/black pickguard, foil shielding on underside of pickguard, three plastic covered single coil pickups date stamped on bottom, three position pickup selector switch, chrome bridge cover, single slot saddle metal plate bridge, two black speed knobs including numbers, CTS potentiometers, tiny "red drop" capacitor, strings through body, contoured black Tolex 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 500-999 shows production rank at the Nashville factory. Gibson production totals show 259 Ebony, 574 Natural Satin, 70 Sunburst, 3 Walnut and 1 Wine Red Grabbers were shipped in 1978.