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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


US ebay listings

Epiphone by Gibson EB-3 SG Bass Guitar Red Mahogany Case Candy Soft Case Clean *

Current price: $136.50
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Time left: 3d 15h 55m
Gibson 1967 Nickel EB 2 Bass Electronic Control Pots Harness

Current price: $37.66
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Time left: 3d 13h 59m
1969-1971 Gibson Bass Pickguard Eb-0 EB3 EB3L Vintage Awesome

Current price: $45.00
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Time left: 1d 7h 21m
1964 Gibson EB2 bass w/original case Sunburst - nice big round sound

Current price: $2899.00
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Time left: 3d 16h 33m
Epiphone Gibson AJ-18SCE EB electro-acoustic guitar

Current price: $200.00
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2014 Gibson EB 5 String Red Burst

Current price: $699.99
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Time left: 5d 3h 11m
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UK ebay listings

GIBSON USA EB BASS 5 STRING - GREAT USA MADE BASS LIGHTWEIGHT WITH MASSIVE SOUND

Current price: £680.00
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GIBSON USA EB BASS 4 STRING - GREAT USA MADE BASS LIGHTWEIGHT WITH MASSIVE SOUND

Current price: £695.00
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1977 Gibson Thunderbird Bass Bicentennial '76! T-bird EB 3

Current price: £1900.78
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1968 Gibson EB-2D Bass in a rare black finish

Current price: £3225.45
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Time left: 7d 11h 47m
Gibson EB-0 Bass Guitar 1970-72.

Current price: £1150.00
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Time left: 7d 5h 45m
1967 Gibson EB-2 EB-2C Vintage Bass Guitar Cherry Red

Current price: £1464.11
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GIBSON BASS EB0 - 1963 made in USA - courte scale - all original - guitar Bass

Current price: £1019.50
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Time left: 24d 21h 33m
1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

Current price: £1995.00
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1956 Gibson EB-1 (#GIB0222)

Current price: £6601.35
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Time left: 8d 12h 43m
Left handed Gibson EB bass - very rare!

Current price: £286.00
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Time left: 8d 10h 25m
1972 Gibson EB-2D Vintage Bass Guitar EB-2 Sunburst

Current price: £2198.00
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1967 GIBSON EB-2 IN SUNBURST PLAYS AND SOUNDS EXCELLENT VINTAGE & RARE

Current price: £1826.65
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Time left: 25d 3h 38m
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German ebay listings

Epiphone by Gibson EB-0 Bass Cherry E-Bass Gitarre

Current price: €52.01
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Time left: 1d 7h 34m
Gibson Explorer 76EB E-Gitarre Inkl. Koffer

Current price: €899.00
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Time left: 6d 7h 47m
GIBSON BASS EB0 1963 hergestellt in den USA shorts waage alle original gitarre

Current price: €1262.55
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Time left: 24d 21h 51m
GIBSON Midtown Standard 2015 EB in Ebony zum MEGADEAL! (UVP 1449€)

Current price: €888.00
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Time left: 29d 11m
Epiphone by Gibson Les Paul Studio Ebony EB LP E-Gitarre schwarz - NEU

Current price: €369.00
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GIBSON Les Paul 60s Tribute 2016 in Satin Ebony zum MEGADEAL!

Current price: €799.00
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Time left: 3d 7h 48m
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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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