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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 EB Bass Guitar Fireburst Near Mint under 8 lbs.

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Gibson Epiphone EBO Bass Guitar

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Gibson EB-2D Electric Bass 1968

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1973 Gibson EB4L SG Bass with Hard Case-Nice Original Shape

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1972 Walnut Gibson EB-0, 30 1/2" Scale Bass. (I51028831)

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Gibson EB-0 Bass 1973 Cherry EBO EB0 SG Body vintage bass

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1971 GIBSON BASS GUITAR EB2D RARE CUSTOM COLOR 4 String ES335

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2013 Gibson EB-13 Electric Bass - Satin Cream

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1966 Gibson EB-2 EB-2D Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst

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Vintage Gibson SB-350 Bass Guitar 1973 Refinished Short Scale Double Cutaway

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1966 Epiphone Newport Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Cherry Batwing Gibson EB-0

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Near Mint Epiphone Rivoli 1997 Peerless - Made in Korea MIK - Gibson EB-2 Bass

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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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Near Mint Epiphone Rivoli 1997 Peerless - Made in Korea MIK - Gibson EB-2 Bass

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Gibson EB-2D Electric Bass 1968

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Gibson EB3L Slotted Headstock Bass

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1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

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1971 GIBSON BASS GUITAR EB2D RARE CUSTOM COLOR 4 String ES335

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1964 Gibson EBO Bass Cherry

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Gibson Eb-0L Sg Bass 1969-1972 Vintage

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

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1969 Gibson EB-1 Electric Bass Free Shipping Vintage

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

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Gibson EB-0 Bass 1973 Cherry EBO EB0 SG Body vintage bass

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Gibson Les Paul CM 2016 T EB Satin Ebony

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

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1971 GIBSON EB 3 BASS SLOTTED HEADSTOCK - made in USA

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Epiphone by Gibson Les Paul Studio Ebony EB LP E-Gitarre schwarz - NEU

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GIBSON Les Paul 60s Tribute 2016 in Satin Ebony zum MEGADEAL!

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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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