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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.

Short scale strings suitable for the 30½ scale EBO bass

Rotosound RS77S Jazz Bass Strings Short Scale (Rotosound - Bass Strings - RS77S - Jazz Bass)

Thomastik-Infeld JF324 Jazz Flatwound Short Scale 4-String Bass (Thomastik-Infeld JF324 Jazz Flatwound Short Scale)

Fender 5250XL Short Scale Bass Extra Light Strings (Fender short scale Nickel Steel roundwounds)

D'Addario EXL220S Electric Bass Strings XL Nickel Super Light Short Scale (D'Addario EXL220S Nickel Super Light Short Scale)

D'Addario EXL160S XL Regular Short Bass String Set (D'Addario Bass Strings Nickel Wound Short Scale - Regular)

Rotosound RS88S Trubass Standard Gauge Short Scale Strings (Rotosound - Bass Strings - RS88S - True Bass (Black Nylon))

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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 EB0 basses for sale


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Vintage Gibson EB-0 EB-2 Bass Guitar Pickup Cover Chrome eb0 eb2

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Gibson Epiphone EB-1 Violin Bass! Fretted 4 string! Solid Body! Exc. Condition!

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1967 Gibson EB-2C Cherry Semi-Hollow Electric Bass

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Vintage 1965 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass Guitar Cherry Used

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Vintage Gibson Pickup Rings for EB-3 Bass 1960s/1970s Original Parts

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2013 GIBSON EB ELECTRIC BASS-MINT WITH TAGS & OHSC!

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Vintage 1968 Gibson EB-2 Hollowbody Bass Guitar! Strong Original Cherry Finish!

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GIBSON SG EB ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR - VINTAGE 1967 - 4 STRING SOLID - S/N 870807

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GIBSON EB BASS, 2013 MODEL, FINISH BLEM, CREAM, MINT/UNPLAYED, OHSC, FREE SHIP

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1966 Gibson EB3F INVERNESS GREEN MAESTRO FUZZ TONE Bass EBO EB1 EB2 EB4

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1967 Gibson EB-3 Bass Vintage Bass Guitar

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1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

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UK ebay listings

Vintage Gibson EB-0 EB-2 Bass Guitar Pickup Cover Chrome eb0 eb2

Current price: £30.56
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Gibson EBO Bass Guitar 1961

Current price: £875.00
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Vintage EB SG Bass Guitar Made in Japan Matsumoku MIJ Gibson Epiphone Copy

Current price: £225.00
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1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

Current price: £623.11
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Gibson EB2 Bass 1968

Current price: £1800.00
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Vintage 1965 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass Guitar Cherry Used

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2004 Gibson USA Custom Shop Pickguard Bracket for es 335 330 345 355 347 225 EB

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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-4 EB-3 EB4 EB3 L Conversion Electric Bass Guitar

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Hard Electric Guitar Case for Gibson EB-3 Bass

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Gibson EB 2 Bass Guitar circa 1967 Good Condition

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1964 Gibson EB-3 "SG BASS" (#GIB0207)

Current price: £3489.79
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Vintage Gibson EBO/EB3 (1969)

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German ebay listings

Epiphone (by Gibson) SG G 400 EB Ebony (Baujahr 2009)

Current price: €99.00
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Epiphone by Gibson SG G 400 EB ebony (schwarz) Baujahr 2010

Current price: €249.00
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USA Gibson EB Bass PICKGUARD 4 Ply Black American 5 String Bass Guitar

Current price: €26.90
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Gibson EB-6 1961

Current price: €7759.00
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1968 Gibson EB-2 Bass - Cherry

Current price: €3055.00
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Gibson 1968 two-point Tune-O-Matic Chrome Bass Bridge / Brücke EB 0 EB 3 SG Bass

Current price: €129.00
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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
SG bass Comment left 28th December 2011 14:02:02
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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