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1975 Ripper characteristics: Large headstock with silkscreened gold logo including the "i" dot connected to the "G" and open "o", open gear riveted tuners with slot head or phillips head screws, two screw plastic truss rod cover including the model name, volute, glued in fretless or 20 fret neck with pearled dot fret markers, 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, string through body grommets, black contoured Gibson name case with purple interior.

During the year serial numbers changed from being successive to eight digits beginning with an "99" prefix, located on the headstock back. For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes. Gibson production totals show 118 Ebony, 1057 Natural Satin, 5 Tobacco Sunburst and 108 fretless Tobacco Sunburst Rippers were shipped in 1975.