Gibson G3

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Gibson G-3
Gibson G-3.jpg
1976 Natural Finish Gibson G-3
Manufacturer Gibson
Period 1975 - 1985
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-On
Scale 34½"
Body Maple/Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple/Ebony/Rosewood
Bridge Fixed
Pickup(s) 3 Wired in "Buck-and-a-half" Configuration
Colors available
Maple Gloss, Natural Satin, Black, Tobacco Sunburst, Wine Red, Walnut

The Gibson G-3 was a bass guitar by Gibson building on the design of the Gibson Grabber.

Introduced in 1975 as a companion to the Gibson Grabber, the G-3 (which stands for Grabber 3) introduced a new pickup scheme to the already established body style. Instead of a sliding pickup as was present in the Grabber, the G-3 featured a so-called "buck-and-a-half" trio of single coils. Along with a tone and volume control, the G-3 featured a three-way switch linked in with three Bill Lawrence single coil pickups. In the up position, the neck and middle pickups would be activated, and, as they were wired out of phase, a humbucker effect would result. Likewise, in the down position, the middle and treble pickups would be activated similarly. However, when switched to the middle position, all three pickups would be activated, the neck and treble pickups being in phase while the middle would be out of phase with both, hence the term "buck-and-a-half".[1]

Notable Players[edit]

Brian Cook - Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles, Sumac
Mike Dirnt - Green Day
John Entwistle - The Who
Kenny Vasoli - The Starting Line
Jeremy Davis - Paramore
Nik Bruzzese - Man Overboard
Billy Hamilton - Silverstein
Pierre Kezdy - Naked Raygun, Pegboy, Strike Under

2012 Inspired Reissue[edit]

In 2012, Gibson introduced a G-3 inspired model in their '70s Tribute Series. Coined the Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Bass, this instrument borrows heavily from the visual aesthetic of the original G-3 while also retaining the "buck-and-a-half" pickup combination, albeit with modern Alnico V single coil pickups as opposed to the Bill Lawrence models used in the original; as well as having a more traditional pickup layout, as opposed to the pickups in the original which hugged closer to the bridge.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gibson G-3, 1978. "Gibson G-3".
  2. ^ Gibson USA Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Bass, 2012. "Gibson USA Grabber 3 '70s Tribute Bass".