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Gibson EB3 Bass
Solid-body electric bass guitar

1969 Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

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gibson bass eb-3
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last message by jules
16/11/2014 21:21

Unusual Gibson EB3 bass
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last message by Johnw
11/11/2014 13:45



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


US ebay listings

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

Current price: $795.00
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Time left: 8d 3h 42m
Epiphone ES-345 EB Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar - Ebony (Gibson)

Current price: $399.00

Time left: 10h 31m
1973 Gibson EB-O Bass Guitar, Walnut Project Rebuild Luthier L@@K

Current price: $449.99
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Time left: 25d 15h 6m
Vintage Hollow Body Bass Guitar -Bruno Conqueror MIJ Version Gibson EB-2 Rivoli

Current price: $250.00

Time left: 11h 4m
1972 Gibson EB-3 Bass Body and Neck Project Walnut finish VG+ **Worldwide**

Current price: $699.00
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Time left: 28d 18h 49m
GIBSON EB-3 1971 SLOTTED HEADSTOCK

Current price: $950.00

Time left: 1d 13h 23m
2014 Gibson EB Electric Bass Guitar Bullion Gold USA 120th Anniversary w/Case

Current price: $749.99
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Time left: 11d 4h 53m
Gibson SG Heritage EB 3 Bass Cherry Red & OHSC USA

Current price: $749.00
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Time left: 2d 11h 32m
Gibson EB Electric Bass, Sunburst, Made In U.S.A.

Current price: $525.00
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1970's GIBSON SB350 Bass with hardcase SG SB

Current price: $900.00
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Time left: 3d 10h 30m
Gibson EB Electric Bass - Satin Cream (2013)

Current price: $699.99
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Time left: 23d 9h 50m
GIBSON EB BASS, 2013 MODEL, FINISH BLEM, CREAM, MINT/UNPLAYED, OHSC, FREE SHIP

Current price: $925.00
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Time left: 10h 56m
2013 Gibson Eb Bass Left Handed

Current price: $750.00

Time left: 3d 13h 8m
2004 Gibson USA Custom Shop Pickguard Bracket for es 335 330 345 355 347 225 EB

Current price: $22.50
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Time left: 19d 38m
A GIBSON EB-3 BASS GUITAR.

Current price: $1000.00
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Time left: 4d 10h 59m
1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

Current price: $1000.00
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Time left: 10d 9h 35m
ELECTRA BASS GUITAR EBO GIBSON STYLE MADE IN JAPAN

Current price: $350.00

Time left: 4d 16h 51m
1966 Vintage gibson EB-2DC Bass cherry

Current price: $1250.00
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Time left: 3d 3h 51m
Gibson EB0, EB2 Bass Pickup Cover Early 60's Vintage

Current price: $10.00
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Time left: 4d 19h
Gibson 1971 EB-3 4-String Bass

Current price: $1500.00
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Time left: 28d 12h 13m
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UK ebay listings

1972 Gibson EB-3 Bass Complete Wiring Harness 137-72-11 date VG+ **Worldwide**

Current price: £151.99
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Time left: 27d 17h 32m
Gibson Midtown Custom EB Inc Fitted Gibson case

Current price: £600.00
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Time left: 1d 2h 16m
1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

Current price: £635.93
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Time left: 10d 9h 35m
2004 Gibson USA Custom Shop Pickguard Bracket for es 335 330 345 355 347 225 EB

Current price: £14.31
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Time left: 19d 38m
1966 Vintage gibson EB-2DC Bass cherry

Current price: £794.91
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Time left: 3d 3h 51m
1972/73 4 STRING GIBSON EB3 BASS GUITAR IN WALNUT,EX CON,OHSC,RGT HANDED,SET UP.

Current price: £750.00

Time left: 7d 10h 1m
Gibson SG EB 3 2014 120th Anniversary Bass Guitar USA Made NOS Brown Case Mint

Current price: £464.22
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Time left: 5d 14h 15m
1967-1969 Gibson EB3 Bass ~~DARK WALNUT~~ Les Paul SG Vintage Guitar 1960 EB-3

Current price: £1460.73
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Time left: 2d 13h 57m
New BARITONE / BUTTON SWITCH For Vintage GIBSON BASS, EB2, EB2D, Epiphone Rivoli

Current price: £9.53
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Time left: 20d 12h 6m
Gibson EB Electric Bass - Satin Cream (2013)

Current price: £445.14
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Time left: 23d 9h 50m
Gibson Eb0

Current price: £699.00
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Original Gibson EB-0 Pickguard USA 1973

Current price: £44.51
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Time left: 25d 11h 40m
1964 Gibson EB-3 "SG BASS" (#GIB0207)

Current price: £3558.03
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Time left: 26d 6h 13m
1969 Gibson EB-0 EBO Bass Pickup Mounting Ring USA VINTAGE!

Current price: £43.88
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Time left: 7h 16m
1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

Current price: £1995.00
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Time left: 14d 18h 30m
GIBSON EB-2 BASS GUITAR. 1968. SUNBURST. "Gibson's Biggest Bass Invention" RARE

Current price: £1459.46

Time left: 1d 8h 20m
1968 Gibson EB-3 Cherry Red SG BASS (#GIB0200)

Current price: £2540.54
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Time left: 11d 8h 44m
(2) ORIGINAL TKL LATCHES FOR GIBSON GUITAR BASS CASE LES PAUL SG ES-335 EB-0 NOS

Current price: £11.45
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Time left: 21d 2h 32m
Vintage Gibson EBO/EB3 (1969)

Current price: £1599.00
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Time left: 18d 1h 37m
1969 GIBSON EB0 - CHERRY RED - ANDY BAXTER BASS

Current price: £1395.00
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Time left: 29d 2h 10m
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German ebay listings

Gibson EB-0 1964

Current price: €2769.00
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Time left: 7d 3h 36m
USA Gibson EB Bass PICKGUARD 4 Ply Black American 5 String Bass Guitar

Current price: €26.90
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Time left: 21d 21h 27m
1968 Gibson EB-2 Bass - Cherry

Current price: €3055.00
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Time left: 12d 21h 2m
Epiphone by Gibson SG G 400 EB ebony (schwarz) Baujahr 2010

Current price: €239.00
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Time left: 14d 5h 1m
USA Gibson EB Bass 5 String Pots Wiring Switch & Jack American COIL TAPPING

Current price: €35.90
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Time left: 28d 3h 29m
1972 Gibson EB 3 Bass - Cherry -

Current price: €1785.00
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Time left: 20d 2h 7m
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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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