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Gibson EB3 Bass
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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/Epiphone eb3 Elitist 4 String Bass

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Vintage Gibson Bass Guitar Humbucker Project Fits Vintage EB0 EB3 Newport Bass

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

Current price: $795.00
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Vintage 1950's GIBSON ELECTRIC BASS PICKUP COVER EB-1 eb1

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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-4 EB-3 EB4 EB3 L Conversion Electric Bass Guitar

Current price: $1099.00
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Epiphone By Gibson SHERATON II EB Semi-Hollow RH Electric Guitar Black (Ebony)*

Current price: $305.00
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1974 Gibson SB-350 Electric Bass Guitar SG Body EB-0 Budget Model Short Scale

Current price: $674.99
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Gibson EB-2D Bass EB2D Walnut 1969/1970

Current price: $2750.00
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Vintage 1959 Gibson EB-2 Bass with case

Current price: $4650.00
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1972 Gibson EB-0 Bass LOWERED RESERVE

Current price: $500.00

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Gibson EB-3 VINTAGE 1971

Current price: $1300.00
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GIBSON EB BASS, 2013 MODEL, FINISH BLEM, CREAM, MINT/UNPLAYED, OHSC, FREE SHIP

Current price: $925.00
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1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

Current price: $999.00
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Set of 1970s Gibson USA Speed Knobs For S1 SG L6S Grabber Ripper Special EB3 Eb0

Current price: $49.99
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1967 Gibson EB-3 Bass Vintage Bass Guitar

Current price: $1600.00
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Vintage 1968 Gibson SG junior Jr EB0 Control Harness Pots Caps 1969 219PT1

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Gibson EB 13 Bass Fireburst Vintage Gloss

Current price: $628.95
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Current price: $1249.95
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1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

Current price: £620.57
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GIBSON EB3 BASS pickguard VINTAGE circa 1964

Current price: £100.00
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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-4 EB-3 EB4 EB3 L Conversion Electric Bass Guitar

Current price: £682.69
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Gibson EB2 Bass 1968

Current price: £1800.00
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1968 GIBSON EB2D - CHERRY RED **PRICE DROP - **ORIGINALLY £2,495 NOW £1,995**

Current price: £1995.00
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Hard Electric Guitar Case for Gibson EB-3 Bass

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2004 Gibson USA Custom Shop Pickguard Bracket for es 335 330 345 355 347 225 EB

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Gibson EB 2 Bass Guitar circa 1967 Good Condition

Current price: £1366.01
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1964 Gibson EB-3 "SG BASS" (#GIB0207)

Current price: £3475.59
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1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

Current price: £1995.00
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Gibson Eb-2 Eb-3 vintage bridge

Current price: £40.00
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Vintage 1950's GIBSON ELECTRIC BASS PICKUP COVER EB-1 eb1

Current price: £121.13
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Vintage 1968 Gibson SG junior Jr EB0 Control Harness Pots Caps 1969 219PT1

Current price: £139.77
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GIBSON EB0 1960 LES PAUL JUNIOR DC SHAPE FADED CHERRY VINTAGE GIBSON BASS

Current price: £2000.00
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1950's 1960's vintage Gibson Pickguard Bracket for es 330 335 325 125 EB bass

Current price: £48.65
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Gibson EBO/EB3 (1969)

Current price: £1599.00
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1968 Gibson EB-3 Cherry Red SG BASS (#GIB0200)

Current price: £2481.67
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Current price: £1425.64
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2014 USA Gibson EB Bass CONTROL KNOBS Black Bass Guitar Knobs

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Epiphone (by Gibson) SG G 400 EB Ebony (Baujahr 2009)

Current price: €30.50
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Epiphone by Gibson SG G 400 EB ebony (schwarz) Baujahr 2010

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USA Gibson EB Bass PICKGUARD 4 Ply Black American 5 String Bass Guitar

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Gibson EB-6 1961

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1973 Gibson EB-4L Bass - Cherry incl. orig. Gibson case

Current price: €1685.00
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Gibson 1968 two-point Tune-O-Matic Chrome Bass Bridge / Brücke EB 0 EB 3

Current price: €129.00
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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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