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Gibson EB3 Bass

Solid-body electric bass guitar

1969 Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

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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

1957 GIBSON EB-1 EXCELLENT VIOLIN BASS WITH UPRIGHT BAR & ORIG. HARD CASE RARE

Current price: $9989.00
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Gibson EB-1 1954 NM- OHC Electric Guitar Pickup: Passive β

Current price: $7999.99
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1960 Gibson EB-0 Slab body & banjo tuners(#GIB0215)

Current price: $7995.00
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1967 Gibson EB-3 (#GIB0004)

Current price: $7595.00
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1960 GIBSON EB-0 EB-O SLAB BODY WITH ORIGINAL BANJO TUNERS SUPER RARE ORG. CASE

Current price: $6989.00
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Time left: 11d 3h 27m
1960 GIBSON EB-0 EB-O SLAB BODY ORIGINAL BANJO TUNERS SUPER RARE (orig case)

Current price: $6489.00
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Time left: 20d 5h 34m
1961 Gibson EB-3 Cherry Red, First year of production (#GIB0006)

Current price: $5995.00
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1965 Gibson EB-3, Rare Polaris white finish (#GIB0204)

Current price: $5995.00
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1964 Gibson EB-3 "SG BASS" (#GIB0207)

Current price: $5595.00
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1960 Gibson EB-O (#GIB0220)

Current price: $5395.00
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1959 Gibson EB-2 (#GIB0216)

Current price: $5395.00
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Time left: 10d 8h 35m
1960 Gibson EB-2 (#GIB0218)

Current price: $4995.00
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Time left: 1d 10h 37m
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UK ebay listings

GIBSON EB0 BASS GUITAR 1962

Current price: £500.00
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Time left: 4d 3h 25m
Gibson Epiphone EB-O bass Korean 1999

Current price: £90.00
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Time left: 1d 5h 38m
Gibson Bass guitar EB-0 1963 Cherry Wood Finish

Current price: £750.00
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Time left: 8d 8h 38m
Gibson EB5 5 String Bass Guitar. Vintage Sunburst, With Gibson Hard Case.

Current price: £475.00
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Time left: 1d 7h 35m
GIBSON EB0 1960 LES PAUL JUNIOR DC SHAPE FADED CHERRY VINTAGE GIBSON BASS

Current price: £2000.00
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Time left: 2d 8h 16m
Gibson EB3 bass 1973

Current price: £895.00
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Time left: 1d 2h 12m
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German ebay listings

Gibson flying v 67 EB

Current price: €453.00
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Gibson Midtown Custom EB-Erstbesitzer Michael Sagmeister

Current price: €899.00
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Time left: 2d 3h 11m
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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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