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Gibson EB3 Bass

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1969 Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

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Overall length of EB-3L?
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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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USED Gibson Flying V EB 1996 496R+500T PU Great Electric Guitar w/ OHSC

Current price: $1119.99
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VINTAGE 1960s GIBSON EPIPHONE 335 12 STRING EB2 VICTORIA LIFTON BASS CASE H-22

Current price: $199.99

Time left: 6d 2h 13m
Used Vintage 60's Gibson EB-0 w/ Hard case from JAPAN

Current price: $3999.99
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NEW HARD CASE FITS GIBSON EB2; EPIPHONE RIVOLI, Triumph II / Zenith BASS GUITAR

Current price: $79.99
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Time left: 5d 21h 48m
1970 Gibson EBO EB-0 Bass Pickguard VINTAGE!

Current price: $89.18
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1970 Gibson EBO EB-0 Bass Truss Rod Bell Cover Plate USA Vintage

Current price: $79.14
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RARE 1964 Gibson EB-0F Bass w/built in FUZZ TONE!!!

Current price: $3490.00
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original 1967 Gibson EB-2 Hollowbody Bass CHERRY!!!

Current price: $1940.00
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1967 Gibson EB-2 EB-2C Vintage Bass Guitar Cherry Red

Current price: $1995.00
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Vintage 1960's Gibson EB-0 Bass Guitar Humbucker-Mudbucker Pickup EB-2-EB-3

Current price: $165.00
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Time left: 27d 21h 21m
1966 GIBSON EB2D - CHERRY RED - ORIGINAL CASE - ANDY BAXTER BASS & GUITARS

Current price: $3498.86
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Time left: 27d 11h 50m
Gibson EB-0 1970's Vintage w/Hardcase

Current price: $3114.00
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Time left: 27d 6h 22m
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UK ebay listings

USED Gibson Flying V EB 1996 496R+500T PU Great Electric Guitar w/ OHSC

Current price: £766.64
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Time left: 6d 15h 3m
NEW HARD CASE FITS GIBSON EB2; EPIPHONE RIVOLI, Triumph II / Zenith BASS GUITAR

Current price: £54.75
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Time left: 5d 21h 48m
1970 Gibson EBO EB-0 Bass Pickguard VINTAGE!

Current price: £61.04
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Time left: 5d 17h 52m
1970 Gibson EBO EB-0 Bass Truss Rod Bell Cover Plate USA Vintage

Current price: £54.17
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Time left: 5d 17h 52m
1967 Gibson EB-2 EB-2C Vintage Bass Guitar Cherry Red

Current price: £1365.60
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Time left: 27d 23h 7m
Vintage 1960's Gibson EB-0 Bass Guitar Humbucker-Mudbucker Pickup EB-2-EB-3

Current price: £112.94
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Time left: 27d 21h 21m
1966 GIBSON EB2D - CHERRY RED - ORIGINAL CASE - ANDY BAXTER BASS & GUITARS

Current price: £2395.00
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Time left: 27d 11h 50m
Gibson 1967 Nickel EB 2 Bass Electronic Control Pots Harness

Current price: £61.60
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Time left: 26d 5h 38m
Gibson 1967 Black 5 Ply EB 2 Pickguard w/ Mounts

Current price: £88.98
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Time left: 26d 5h 31m
1967 Gibson EB-0 vintage bass guitar with case

Current price: £650.28
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Time left: 6d 2h 37m
Gibson EB-0 1967/68

Current price: £925.00
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Time left: 5d 16h 20m
1964 GIBSON EB 0 / EB 3 BASS CASE -- made in USA -- SHORT SCALE

Current price: £250.00
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Time left: 25d 12h 8m
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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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