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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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Gibson Epiphone EBO Bass Guitar

Current price: $176.00
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GIBSON SB-450 4-String Electric Bass Guitar #25977

Current price: $799.00
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1969 Gibson EB3 Bass

Current price: $1750.00
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1973 Vintage Gibson EB-0 Bass 4 String 1970s w/HSC

Current price: $2739.00
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Gibson EB-2D Electric Bass 1968

Current price: $1995.00
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1971 Gibson EB2D Bass Guitar Walnut RARE CUSTOM COLOR ORDER BASS

Current price: $3300.00
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1953 Gibson EB-1 Electric Bass Guitar In Original Hardshell Case W/Stand

Current price: $7999.99
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Gibson Epiphone EB-3 Bass 2008

Current price: $319.99
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1966 Gibson EB-2 EB-2D Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst

Current price: $1695.00
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Used 2012 Gibson SG Bass Guitar Cherry EB-3 Electric Bass USA with Original Case

Current price: $1275.00
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Gibson EB Electric Bass, 5 String With Case, Red

Current price: $600.00

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

Current price: $1529.99
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UK ebay listings

1964 Gibson EBO Bass Cherry

Current price: £1599.00
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Time left: 23d 7h 26m
GIBSON SB-450 4-String Electric Bass Guitar #25977

Current price: £611.09
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Gibson EB-2D Electric Bass 1968

Current price: £1525.81
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1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

Current price: £1995.00
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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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Gibson EB-0 Bass Guitar 1970-72.

Current price: £1100.00
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Gibson EB 5 String Bass in Vintage Sunburst

Current price: £835.00
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1971 Gibson EB2D Bass Guitar Walnut RARE CUSTOM COLOR ORDER BASS

Current price: £2523.90
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GIBSON USA EB BASS 4 STRING - GREAT USA MADE BASS LIGHTWEIGHT WITH MASSIVE SOUND

Current price: £650.00
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1956 Gibson EB-1 (#GIB0222)

Current price: £6879.54
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1966 Epiphone Newport Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Cherry Batwing Gibson EB-0

Current price: £1170.16
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1966 Gibson EB-2 EB-2D Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst

Current price: £1296.37
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German ebay listings

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

Current price: €1262.55
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1972 GIBSON EB 4L BASS - made in USA - LONG SCALE

Current price: €1250.00
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Epiphone by Gibson DR-100 Ebony EB schwarz Akustik Gitarre EA10EBCH1 - RETOURE

Current price: €119.00
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GIBSON Midtown Standard 2015 EB in Ebony zum MEGADEAL! (UVP 1449€)

Current price: €888.00
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Time left: 22d 7h 19m
1969 GIBSON EB 1 VIOLIN BASS -- made in USA -- SLIM NECK PROFILE

Current price: €3995.00
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Time left: 8d 7h 17m
1973 Gibson EB-4L Bass - Cherry incl. orig. Gibson case

Current price: €1735.00
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Time left: 11d 12h 34m
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There are 2 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
jobo Comment left 27th September 2012 08:08:25
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 08:08:48
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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