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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

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

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

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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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ORIGINAL 1969 GIBSON EB-0 BASS FREE SHIPPING WITH 'BIN', ORIGINAL HARDSHELL CASE

Current price: $1150.00
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ELECTRA BASS GUITAR EBO GIBSON STYLE MADE IN JAPAN

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Gibson EB 1 Violin bass 1970

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AxeMasters SLOTTED BRASS NUT for Gibson Epiphone EB SG Series Bass Guitar

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1972 Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

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2014 Gibson EB Bass Guitar 120th Anniversary w/ OHSC - Bullion Gold

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1973 Gibson EB-O Bass Guitar, Walnut Project Rebuild Luthier L@@K

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Gibson 2014 EB Bass (Bullion Gold Fade) Mint, original pkg, 1 year warranty

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ORIGINAL VINTAGE EARLY '70S GIBSON EB SERIES BASS GUITAR CASE!!!

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1966 Gibson EB2 ' Dark Burst " Sunburst Bass Guitar

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1960 GIBSON EB-O BASS , EXCELLENT CONDITION, SUPER RARE ORIGNAL KEYS, & NEW CASE

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

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UK ebay listings

1967-1969 Gibson EB3 Bass ~~DARK WALNUT~~ Les Paul SG Vintage Guitar 1960 EB-3

Current price: £1213.23
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GIBSON EB-2 BASS GUITAR. 1968. SUNBURST. "Gibson's Biggest Bass Invention" RARE

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1967 GIBSON EB2

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Gibson EB3 in Cherry - 1972/74 - with Hard Case - Chrome Cover Missing - AWESOME

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1969 GIBSON EB0 - CHERRY RED - ANDY BAXTER BASS

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Epiphone Gibson Orville EO2-EB guitar

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1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

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Hard Electric Guitar Case for Gibson EB-3 Bass

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ORIGINAL 1969 GIBSON EB-0 BASS FREE SHIPPING WITH 'BIN', ORIGINAL HARDSHELL CASE

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Gibson EB 2 Bass Guitar circa 1967 Good Condition

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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-3 Electric Bass Cherry Red w/ Case Excellent Condition!!

Current price: £1084.04
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1972 Gibson EB-3 Bass Body and Neck Project Walnut finish VG+ **Worldwide**

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German ebay listings

Hipshot H20500C D-Tuner entspr. Schaller EB4 z.B. für Gibson Victory Bass

Current price: €2.02
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Epiphone by Gibson SG G 400 EB ebony (schwarz) Baujahr 2010

Current price: €239.00
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1973 Gibson EB-4L Bass - Cherry incl. orig. Gibson case

Current price: €1685.00
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1967 Gibson EB 2D Bass - Vintage Sunburst - CLEAN & RARE!

Current price: €3565.00
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Gibson 1968 two-point Tune-O-Matic Chrome Bass Bridge / Brücke EB 0 EB 3 SG Bass

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Epiphone by Gibson SG G-400 EB Ebony schwarz TOP + gratis Gigbag

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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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