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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 EB3 basses for sale


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*SUPER RARE* GIBSON EB-1 1954 NM W/ORIGINAL HARD CASE

Current price: $9224.00
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Time left: 7d 19h 46m
1956 Gibson EB-1 (#GIB0222)

Current price: $8995.00
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Time left: 5d 19h 8m
1957 Gibson EB-1 excellent Violin Bass with upright bar & orig. hard case Rare

Current price: $8989.00
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Time left: 28d 17h 25m
Gibson EB-I 1956 Used w / Brown Case

Current price: $8053.00
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Time left: 5d 23h 56m
Gibson EB-III 1964 Used w / Original Hard Case

Current price: $7702.00
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Time left: 3d 47m
Gibson EB-0 1960 Used w / Hard Case

Current price: $7502.00
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Time left: 5d 23h 56m
Gibson EB-III 1964 Used w / Soft Shell Case

Current price: $7159.00
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Time left: 3d 47m
VINTAGE Gibson 1969 EB-1 USED FREESHIPPING from JAPAN

Current price: $6832.00
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Time left: 24d 8h 18m
Gibson EB-I 1956 Used w / Brown Case

Current price: $6687.00
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Time left: 5d 23h 48m
GIBSON EB-0F 1965 Used w / Original Chip Board Case

Current price: $6181.00
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Time left: 14d 4h 25m
Gibson '54 EB-I Vintage w / Brown Case

Current price: $6038.00
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Time left: 2d 6h 13m
1967 Gibson EB-2C Bass in cherry near mint to mint orig. case 100% original

Current price: $5989.00
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Time left: 26d 22h 39m
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UK ebay listings

1956 Gibson EB-1 (#GIB0222)

Current price: £6187.66
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Time left: 5d 19h 8m
1957 Gibson EB-1 excellent Violin Bass with upright bar & orig. hard case Rare

Current price: £6183.53
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Time left: 28d 17h 25m
1963 Gibson EB-3 Cherry red 'Stinger' SG BASS (UK Seller) Rare.

Current price: £3000.00
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Time left: 8d 11h 42m
1966 GIBSON EB 2 - BASS GUITAR - CLASSIC SIXTIES ICONIC BASS

Current price: £2500.00
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Time left: 27d 4h 43m
1969 GIBSON EB2D - SUNBURST - OHSC - ANDY BAXTER BASS & GUITARS

Current price: £2495.00
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Time left: 11d 11h 39m
1966 GIBSON EB2D - CHERRY RED - ORIGINAL CASE - ANDY BAXTER BASS & GUITARS

Current price: £2395.00
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Time left: 24d 4h 10m
1968 Vintage Gibson EB2-D Sunburst Bass w/ OHSC, String Mute

Current price: £2338.85
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Time left: 23d 20h 42m
1972 Gibson EB-2D Vintage Bass Guitar EB-2 Sunburst

Current price: £2060.26
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Time left: 10d 23h 34m
1967 GIBSON EB-2 IN SUNBURST PLAYS AND SOUNDS EXCELLENT VINTAGE & RARE

Current price: £2056.13
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Time left: 22d 10h 8m
1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

Current price: £1995.00
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Time left: 12d 14h 12m
GIBSON EB-2 BASS GUITAR. 1968. SUNBURST. "Gibson's Biggest Bass Invention" RARE

Current price: £1853.89
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Time left: 29d 20h 42m
vintage Gibson EBO Bass made in the Kalamazoo factory in 1964.

Current price: £1545.00
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Time left: 6d 7h 45m
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German ebay listings

GIBSON EB5, 5-string Bass in Fireburst zum MEGADEAL! (UVP 1319€)

Current price: €599.00
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Time left: 3d 11h 37m
GIBSON Midtown Standard 2015 EB in Ebony zum MEGADEAL! (UVP 1449€)

Current price: €888.00
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Time left: 26d 6h 12m
Gibson EB-0 1969 Polaris White Refinished

Current price: €959.00
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Time left: 23d 8h 3m
Vintage Gibson SB-450 Bass SG EB 1972 + Case 21 Made Super RARE Top Zustand A1

Current price: €1200.00
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Time left: 11d 14h 10m
GIBSON BASS EB0 1963 hergestellt in den USA shorts waage alle original gitarre

Current price: €1262.55
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Time left: 22d 4h 21m
GIBSON ES-339 Satin EB 2014 - B-WARE -

Current price: €1619.00
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Time left: 19d 8h 17m
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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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