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Gibson EB0 Bass Guitar

Gibsons best selling bass guitar

Gibson EB0 Bass GuitarThe EB0 bass was Gibsons top selling bass of the 1960s and 1970s. Manufactured from 1959 until 1979, it remains one of Gibsons most recognizeable instruments using the Les Paul Special 'SG bass' guitar shape. The first Gibson SG guitars were produced at the same time. In total over 22000 EB0 basses were manufactured! The EB0 got its name from the Gibson EB series (Electric Bass), and was a short scale bass that proved very popular in the mid to late sixties. Long scale (EB0L) and fuzz (EB0F) versions also exist. The bass shown above is a 1969 EBO with a solid Mahogany neck and body, finished in Cherry (by far the most popular colour) which has faded to its present shade.

Gibson EB0 Bass GuitarThe EB0 has a single humbucker which has a very low mellow tone. A 'thumper' rather than a 'twanger' great for sixties styled music, reggae and rock, but not a bass for slapping! More about Gibson bass pickups. This sound comes from the mahogany bodies and set necks (seventies models had maple necks), short scale (30½ inch) and the aforementioned humbucker. The bass to the left is a 1972 EBO with a much weightier body, and the maple neck - this time finished in walnut; only available on seventies models.

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This instrument did undergo several major changes (in fact the original 1959 model was a different body shape), using different woods, hardware and finishes. Notice how the sixties model has the pickup right up against the end of the neck; again adding to the bassy tone. One of the most sought after versions is the split headstock EB0 only available in 1970 and 1971.

Variations include the EB-0F (1962-65) with built in passive fuzztone, and EB-0L long scale (34.5") version (1970-77). Neither was particularly popular compared to the basic model with respect sales figures. An Epiphone model Epiphone Newport EBS was available from 1961-69, which looked quite different but was identical in terms of woods, construction, hardware, electrics and indeed price tag

Older EBOs suffered from fractures at the headstock/neck join and at the control cavity. This is largely due to the brittle nature of Mahogany, the thin Gibson neck weakened further by the truss rod adjustment cavity and the Gibson headstock angle that could not withstand falling backwards.

The EB0 sold very well, but did not get as much 'big-name' usage as its sister models the EB2 and EB3, although famous users include David Knights of Procol Harum, Glenn Cornick of Jethro Tull, and Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson Five.

Today, Gibsons subsidary, Epiphone still produce an EB0 model, which is very similar to the original 60s and 70s models, combining features of both.

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Gibson Epiphone EBO Bass Guitar

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2014 Gibson USA EB Bass Guitar 120th Anniversary - Natural w/ OHSC

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GIBSON SB-450 4-String Electric Bass Guitar #25977

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1971 Gibson EB2D Bass Guitar Walnut extremely rare

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VINTAGE 1965 GIBSON EB-0 EB-O EB0 EBO EB 0 O ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR

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Epiphone SG EB-3 Bass Guitar - Limited Edition Satin finish Long scale - gibson

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Gibson Epiphone EB-3 Bass 2008

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Gibson EB-2D Electric Bass 1968

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Epiphone EB 3 Bass Guitar. Gibson SG Shape Long Scale Set Neck.

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1969 Vintage Gibson 1969 EB-1 Conversion Bass 4 String 1960s w/HSC

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1953 Gibson EB-1 Electric Bass Guitar In Original Hardshell Case W/Stand

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RARE 1964 Gibson EB-0F Bass w/built in FUZZ TONE!!!

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UK ebay listings

Gibson EB-0 Bass Guitar 1970-72.

Current price: £1100.00
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Epiphone SG EB-3 Bass Guitar - Limited Edition Satin finish Long scale - gibson

Current price: £157.73
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1966 Epiphone Newport Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Cherry Batwing Gibson EB-0

Current price: £1154.67
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1971 Gibson EB2D Bass Guitar Walnut extremely rare

Current price: £2905.55
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GIBSON 5 STRING EB BASS - GREAT LIGHTWEIGHT BASS WITH REAL THUMP! CASED & BOXED!

Current price: £699.00
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Gibson EB-2D Electric Bass 1968

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VINTAGE 1965 GIBSON EB-0 EB-O EB0 EBO EB 0 O ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR

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Vintage 1978 Gibson EB-3 Cherry Electric Bass Guitar 1970's with Original Case

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1967 Gibson EB-2 EB-2C Vintage Bass Guitar Cherry Red

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1968 Gibson EB-2D Bass in a rare black finish

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1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

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1956 Gibson EB-1 (#GIB0222)

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GIBSON BASS EB0 1963 hergestellt in den USA shorts waage alle original gitarre

Current price: €1262.55
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1972 GIBSON EB 4L BASS - made in USA - LONG SCALE

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Epiphone by Gibson DR-100 Ebony EB schwarz Akustik Gitarre EA10EBCH1 - RETOURE

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1969 GIBSON EB 1 VIOLIN BASS -- made in USA -- SLIM NECK PROFILE

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GIBSON Midtown Standard 2015 EB in Ebony zum MEGADEAL! (UVP 1449€)

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1973 Gibson EB-4L Bass - Cherry incl. orig. Gibson case

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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
SG bass Comment left 28th December 2011 15:03:02
I got my first Gibson bass, an SG shaped EB0, used from a small guitar store near Tottenham Court Road in 1965 or so. I loved it. They had an early EB3 in too, but at the time I couldn't afford that one - and besides the bridge pickups always sound a bit thin to my ears. It also had the painted black pickup, whilst the EB0 had metal - much nicer looking. They had a gorgeous Epiphone Rivoli, but the SG shape and cherry finish just looked a bit cooler. I swapped it for some PA gear in the mid seventies - i've kicked myself so many times over this, but necessary at the time. So I'm looking for a similar 'wide neck', metal pickup EB bass for sale.

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