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Gibson EB-3 Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1967)
Gibson EB-3 Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (1967), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 002979, cherry lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.
This is a slightly worn in but good playing example of a later 1960s Gibson EB-3 bass. This is an original 1967 model, still with many of the same features as earlier '60s examples but some detail changes. The two humbucking pickups are controlled by a 4-way selector, giving a much wider range of tone than the much more common EB-0. The tuners are Kluson, which Gibson would shortly abandon for a while, and the bridge is still the early one-piece unit with a laver-action mute below. The neck has the very slim 1 1/2" nut adopted in 1966, and the neck joint is streamlined from earlier models.
While falling out of favor in the later '70s and '80s, this easy-to-play and very distinctive-sounding bass was used by a number of (mostly English) rock bassists in the 1960s and '70s, including Jack Bruce, Andy Fraser, Pete Quaife with the Kinks, Chris White with the Zombies, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman in the early '70s, Tom Evans of Badfinger, Glenn Cornick of Jethro Tull, Trevor Bolder with the Spiders from Mars, Jim Lea of Slade, and many others. The EB-3's distinctive growl is one of the most recognizable of all electric bass tones on record.
Overall length is 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/2 in. (38 mm.).
This bass shows some wear and tear overall but no major repairs or large areas of finish loss. There are a couple of deep dings into the top, one between the bridge and control knobs and one just above the neck pickup. There is a small repaired cavity crack just around the treble tone pot, not extending to the edge as many do. The finish is still a very deep cherry with little fade or checking. The crown inlay on the headstock looks to have been finished over (the finish often chips away in this area and the lacquer appears to have been filled in); the color does not match the Gibson logo above. All hardware is complete and original except for a set of correct style repro knobs. A very good playing bass with the almighty thump Gibsons are famous for and a range of other tone options besides. Excellent - Condition.
Item # 6734
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