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1972 Gibson showcase brochures
1972 Gibson showcase brochuresIn 1972 Gibson produced a series of 'Guitar of the Month' brochures, each dedicated to one of their high end models, the Les Paul Recording guitar, L5-CES, ES-175D, Super 400-CES, ES-355TD-SV and Byrdland. Each brochure was a single sheet folded into four panels, with details of the instruments themselves, their features, musical purpose, and a little history behind the development of each guitar. Only the Les Paul Recording was a new model; the others were all well established in the Gibson line. Follow the link to see scans and further information on these leaflets and other Gibson guitar catalogues from the CMI and Norlin periods.
1966 Kalamazoo KB-1 bass
Kalamazoo KB-1 bass Gibson assembled these 30 1/2" scale Kalamazoo KB-1 basses in their electronics plant in Kalamazoo, MI - separate from the main Gibson plant. They used the same components and hardware as on the Gibson EB bass series; but with a pre-painted masonite body and a bolt-on maple neck; a very different construction to Gibson's usual output. Initially the KB bass had a Mustang-shaped body (see the 1966 Kalamazoo KB-1, left), which was soon redesigned with the classic SG shape (see the 1967 Kalamazoo KB-1, right). Have a listen to sound clips of this bass here.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Vintage Gibson NOS Parts Rosewood EB / KZoo Finger Rest

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Vintage Gibson NOS Parts Rosewood EB / KZoo Finger Rest

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2012 Gibson EB Bass Lefty Left Handed Sunburst LH

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VINTAGE 1973 USA GIBSON EB-O BASS GUITAR CONTROL CAVITY COVER EB-3 L 1974

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VINTAGE 1972 USA GIBSON EB-4L BASS GUITAR PICKGUARD ORIGINAL EB

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Vintage 1969 Gibson EB-0 Bass- Cherry Walnut Finish (1842)

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VINTAGE 1967 USA GIBSON EB-O BASS GUITAR PICKUP w COVER ORIGINAL EB 2 EB 3

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VINTAGE GIBSON EB0 EB-0 BASS POTS CAPACITORS CONTROLS SET 1969 GOOD USED (ZZ)

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1969 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Bass Guitar Slot-Head Rare & Hard to Find

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Gibson 1973 EB0 Bass - Lovely vintage bass - All original - REDUCED

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AxeMasters LH (Larger Hands) BRASS NUT Gibson EB Series Bass Guitar & Copies

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1965 Gibson EB-2 EB2 Hollow-body Bass- Cherry Finish (SKU# 1890)

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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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