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Gibson EB-3 case question
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last message by George Porter
10/10/2015 20:10

EB3 Value????
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last message by jules
08/10/2015 17:57



Cream - from left to right, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton
Cream - from left to right, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton

The EB-3 is a real classic sixties bass. From it's introduction at the Summer NAMM show of 1961, until the very last few instruments shipped in 1979. Jack Bruce, the bass player with Cream is famous for his EB3 bass playing in the mid to late 1960s, and it was also used by his friend Felix Papilardi of Mountain, Chris White of the Zombies, Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and Andy Fraser of Free. Peak production years were 1969-1971, with around 2000 guitars shipped in each of those years. It really was a flagship model throughout the 18 years of its production.

The sixties basses were solid mahogany with one piece necks. This design evolved, going to a three piece neck with split headstock and finally a three piece maple neck, but still with a one piece mahogany body. This was the big-brother to the single pickup EB0; the extra bridge pickup on the EB3 granted greater tonal possibilities, and consequently this bass found favour with many late sixties and early seventies musicians.

Like most vintage Gibson basses, the sound is characterised by the deep mellow tones of set mahogany necks, short scale (30½ inch) and the very heavily-wound Gibson EB neck humbucker. More about the Gibson EB bass pickup and Gibson bass pickups in general.

Sound Clips

Thanks to Fly Guitars.com for the following clips. Files are approximately 150kb, and each clip features the introductory 4 bars of rescue me (Fontella Bass) played on the EB3, and recorded directly into a computer sound card. My favourite is the last; listen to that rumble!

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Gibson EB3 basses for sale


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original 1967 Gibson EB-2 Hollowbody Bass CHERRY!!!

Current price: $1940.00
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USED Gibson 1974 EB-3 Vintage from JAPAN

Current price: $1900.00
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USED Gibson J-180 EB 1997 w/ Original Hardshell Case

Current price: $1820.00
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Vintage Mid 1960'S Gibson EBO Electric Bass Guitar & Hard Case

Current price: $1795.00
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Free shipping USED Gibson 1970's EB-0L Bass Guitar γ

Current price: $1763.00
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1968 Gibson EB2 Bass Original, Excellent Condition No Reserve

Current price: $1750.00

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1971 Gibson EB-3 electric bass EB3 vintage CHERRY EB0 EB1 EB2 mahogany

Current price: $1699.00
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Gibson EB2 Left Handed 4 String Hollow Body Electric Bass Guitar - Case

Current price: $1499.99
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Gibson EB-3L Bass Vintage Mid 70’s Cherry w/ Case

Current price: $1499.99
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1964 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Bass Guitar Heritage Cherry

Current price: $1495.00
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1962 Gibson EB-O Bass Pro White Refin MINTY w/Hard Case

Current price: $1495.00
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Vintage 1962 Gibson EBO Electric Bass Guitar

Current price: $1425.00
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UK ebay listings

1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

Current price: £1995.00
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GIBSON EB-2 BASS GUITAR. 1968. SUNBURST. "Gibson's Biggest Bass Invention" RARE

Current price: £1860.55
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vintage Gibson EBO Bass made in the Kalamazoo factory in 1964.

Current price: £1545.00
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Gibson EB-0 Bass, Pre Owned, 1973, Cherry, Inc. Original Soft Case

Current price: £1399.00
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Vintage Mid 1960'S Gibson EBO Electric Bass Guitar & Hard Case

Current price: £1239.21
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Gibson EB2 Left Handed 4 String Hollow Body Electric Bass Guitar - Case

Current price: £1035.55
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1964 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Bass Guitar Heritage Cherry

Current price: £1032.10
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1962 Gibson EB-O Bass Pro White Refin MINTY w/Hard Case

Current price: £1032.10
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Gibson EB-2 Modified Fretless Bass, 60's Vintage

Current price: £965.83
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Orville by Gibson ES-335 Dot EB Great Electric Guitar Long Tenon Made in Japan

Current price: £869.86
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Plug And Play / 2013 EB Gibson Bass and Peavey Bass Amp. Extras !

Current price: £848.46
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Gibson EB-0 1969 Polaris White Refinished

Current price: £809.89
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German ebay listings

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

Current price: €1735.00
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GIBSON Les Paul Studio 2016 EB GH

Current price: €1599.00
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Gibson Les Paul Studio 2016 T EB GH

Current price: €1599.00
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GIBSON Les Paul Studio 2016 EB CH

Current price: €1599.00
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1969 GIBSON EB 2 D SEMI BASS - made in USA - SLIM NECK PROFILE

Current price: €1583.53
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GIBSON SG Standard 2016 EB

Current price: €1399.00
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There are 2 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
jobo Comment left 27th September 2012 07:07:25
so what is the best rig for an EB3? Marshall valve head and 4x12? ampeg fridge 8x10? what else works? cheers joe
crispyduckpancakes Comment left 11th May 2013 07:07:48
Which is the better (read most versatile) EB bass, is it the long scale EB 3 or the EB 4. And how much should one expect to pay. There seems to be a huge amount of variation in sale prices. TIA

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