1974 GIBSON RIPPER L9S BASS
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1974 Ripper characteristics: Large headstock with silkscreened gold logo including the "i" dot connected to the "G" and open "o", "MADE IN U.S.A." stamp on back of headstock beneath the serial number, open gear riveted tuners with slot head screws, two screw plastic truss rod cover including the model name, volute, glued in 20 fret neck with pearled dot fret markers, five piece glued in neck, single ply black pickguard including Switchcraft input jack, two black humbucker pickups, chrome bridge cover, 3 pole bridge, 4 position "chicken head" tone selector switch, three black speed knobs including numbers and metal position pointers, CTS potentiometers, blue drop capacitor, string through body grommets, black contoured case with purple interior.
Gibson production totals show 426 Ebony and 3075 Natural Maple Gloss Rippers were shipped in 1974. For 1974 serial numbers see the "Gibson Serial Number Chart". For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes.