Dosch Rock & Roll - Rhythm & Blues Logo
Ex-Dosch bass player, Richard Makinson's Ripper & Grabber Page

Richard's Ripper & Grabber Page

Photobucket - Richard with one of his vintage Gibson Rippers
Richard Makinson
1978 - The Annoys - Ossett punk
1979-1982 - various bits & pieces
1983 - Clear the Pier - Roddy Frame meets The Jam
1986-89 - The Prowlers - R & B / Country Punk - A lot of fun
1990-98 - The wilderness years - a succession of crappy jobs followed by a career in comic books - go figure !
1999-2005 - small local bands playing small local places to even smaller local crowds - not the best perhaps.
2006 - 2010 - DOSCH

Richard Left Dosch in 2010

In 1980 I was asked by the careers officer what I wanted to do when I left school. “Well, I’m interested in music and comics” I told him innocently. Barely able to hide his amusement, he put the question again,“ But what do you want to do for a living ?”

This shaped the future somewhat for me, as I played in a succession of bands desperately trying not to have to work for a living. In 1986, a pal of mine put me forward for the job with The Prowlers in Leeds, which soon became a full-time profession; sleeping in the back of a van is a completely different proposition when you’re doing it professionally.

At the end of the 80s, the band went their separate ways for a while, leaving me to indulge my other passion, and set up my mail order comic-book business (Quicksilver Comics), followed by opening a shop in Leeds four years ago. Finding myself with a bit more time on my hands and the urge to gig again, I grabbed the opportunity to join Dosch in 2006 with both hands - I look upon this as a fusion of my two great loves - the showmanship and musical excellence combine so well for me.


2010 update - "As a teenager I spent a lot of my time playing along to albums by Johnny Thunders and the New York Dolls - and 30 years later, I decided to do something about it and formed "THE DOLLS" - I don't rush into these things."

Gibson Grabber   Gibson Ripper

Photobucket - Early 70's vintage Gibson Grabber bass (The Beast)
My Gibson Grabber bass (The Beast) Early 70's
- this guitar was found in a decent but well used condition in a Leeds shop for a bargain price twenty years ago. It dates from the early 70's, and fit the bill for me as physically the biggest bass I could find. It had to travel the country wrapped in a quilt for a year until I could get a case made that was wide enough to fit it in. Let's just say it's had plenty of use and looks all the better for the wear..


1997 Thunderbird bass

Always wanted one of these (thankyou Mr.Entwistle), and picked this one up from a fella in Nottingham, who  bought it from a student who had got it new in Japan, although it is a genuine USA model. A new nut and general cleanup at Shuker’s guitars   and it’s good as new -  well, good enough for me, anyway.

(Jack the) Ripper bass  1972

I got this beauty from a really nice chap in Lincoln in pretty decent original shape. It’s a 1972 model with the rosewood fingerboard, and has become my main instrument as the neck plays much better than the Grabber, and the twin pickups deliver a nicer all round growl.



I’ve always been fascinated by Gibson guitars - the Grabber was introduced by Gibson in late 1973 with a bolt on neck, double cut body and a sliding pickup, an interesting feature which afforded the player a range of tonal quality - this was later superceded by the G3, which sported 3 pickups. Gibson gave two Grabbers to Gene Simmons of Kiss in 1975.
Photobucket -  Gibson Grabber

Other well known Ripper and Grabber users include Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Rick Danko (The Band), Mikey Welsh (Weezer), Suzi Quatro, Mike Shuman (Queens of The Stone Age) and Jerry Casale (Devo)

Photobucket -  Gibson Ripper Bass
Krist-Novoselic (Nirvana)
used this Black Gibson Ripper Bass, for the recording of "Nevermind" and "In Utero"

The Ripper bass, also introduced in 1973, was a different beast altogether. It shares the same body size and shape as the Grabber, but gives more punch and power with its two fixed humbucking pickups and 4-way tone switch.
Photobucket - Gibson Ripper
Gibson Ripper
He is seen here with his Ripper , which along with his Kramer bass, is reported to have been the inspiration for his design of the famous Axe bass, later bought by Jason Newstead of Metallica.



Photobucket - John B.Sparks of Dr.Feelgood was another famous Gibson Grabber user. - Wilko Johnson, Lee Brilleaux and John B.(Sparko) Sparks
John B.Sparks of Dr.Feelgood was another famous Gibson Grabber user. Here's a video of him with the Feelgoods doing Going Back Home -

Photobucket - Suzi Quatro used both a  Ripper and a Grabber
Suzi with the Ripper


Are you a Gibson Grabber or Gibson Ripper owner / player?
Send me a picture of you and your bass,
I'd like to add it to my OTHER GIBSON BASS PLAYERS page.


Photobucket - 70's Gibson Ripper Bass
Richard and one of his Gibson Rippers

Photobucket - Black Gibson Grabber
Richard's Gibson Grabber
Gibson Ripper Basses (Gibson Bass Website)
Gibson Grabber Basses (Gibson Bass Website)


DO $ CH Bass player Richard Makinson uses a vintage Gibson Grabber Bass & a vintage Gibson Ripper Bass