["Krist had at least two of each in Ebony and Natural finishes. One of Krist's Natural finish Rippers can be seen in the Come As You Are video; An Ebony model can be seen in some of the footage used for the Sub Pop In Bloom video (you may also have seen one smacking Krist in the face at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards!)."](http://www.livenirvana.com/equipment/krist.php) [In Bloom video](http://youtu.be/dhjgKn-_CR8)more
Kim Gordon can be seen with a Gibson Ripper Bass in this photo. On Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/bass12.html) it says: "Used by Kim: 1993 NOTES: Only seen in "Youth Against Fascism" video, no idea if it was borrowed or just one of the many spare instruments SY have accumulated. -Sunburst body -2 pickups? -Rosewood fretboard w/ C D E G markers -Black pick guard"more
"I’d been a Fender endorser since the late ’60s, but went to a Gibson Ripper bass when I stepped out to play live jazz again with Hampton Hawes in ’74. At first I was impressed with the Ripper’s easy neck and its sounds. Gibson took some publicity shots, and I was going to be their endorser, but they simply couldn’t get the bass to have the punchiness I liked. They also tried with the Grabber, but I kept changing my mind as to where to put the pickup, hence that bass came out with a sliding pickup. I finally just gave up and went back to Fender."more
I played a '73 Ripper for a couple years. It had a great "tuba" sort of sound. Partly due to the longer scale and partly to those fat single coils. Plus...it looks cool as hell. But it was the biggest neck diver I have ever played. I tried everything to get it to sit right around my neck so my hand could move, but nothing worked and I finally sold it.