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Gibson EB3 Bass
Solid-body electric bass guitar

1969 Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

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Unusual Gibson EB3 bass
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last message by Johnw
23/10/2014 13:53

James Gang - EB3 - Tom Kriss
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03/06/2013 12:44



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

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

Current price: $795.00
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Gibson Epiphone EB-1 Violin Bass! Fretted 4 string! Solid Body! Exc. Condition!

Current price: $280.00
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1967 Gibson EB-2C Cherry Semi-Hollow Electric Bass

Current price: $1499.00
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Vintage Gibson EB-0 EB-2 Bass Guitar Pickup Cover Chrome eb0 eb2

Current price: $49.00
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Vintage Gibson Pickup Rings for EB-3 Bass 1960s/1970s Original Parts

Current price: $29.99
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Vintage 1965 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass Guitar Cherry Used

Current price: $975.00
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Vintage 1968 Gibson EB-2 Hollowbody Bass Guitar! Strong Original Cherry Finish!

Current price: $1249.95
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GIBSON SG EB ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR - VINTAGE 1967 - 4 STRING SOLID - S/N 870807

Current price: $1200.00
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2004 Gibson USA Custom Shop Pickguard Bracket for es 335 330 345 355 347 225 EB

Current price: $23.50
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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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1967 Gibson EB-3 Bass Vintage Bass Guitar

Current price: $1600.00
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1966 Gibson EB3F INVERNESS GREEN MAESTRO FUZZ TONE Bass EBO EB1 EB2 EB4

Current price: $2999.99
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1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

Current price: $999.00
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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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2006 Epiphone EB-0 Bass Cherry Wine Red Gibson SG EB-3

Current price: $71.00
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Gibson/Epiphone eb3 Elitist 4 String Bass

Current price: $750.00
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VINTAGE 1974 USA GIBSON EB BASS GUITAR SWITCH RING 4 WAY ROTARY MALLORY RIPPER

Current price: $69.99
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Gibson Epiphone EB-3 Bass Guitar New Mint Condition!

Current price: $48.00
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Gibson 2014 EB Bass (Bullion Gold Fade) Mint, original pkg, 1 year warranty

Current price: $799.77
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Gibson EB-3 VINTAGE 1971

Current price: $1300.00
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UK ebay listings

Vintage Gibson EB-0 EB-2 Bass Guitar Pickup Cover Chrome eb0 eb2

Current price: £30.56
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Time left: 29d 5h 21m
Gibson EBO Bass Guitar 1961

Current price: £875.00
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1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

Current price: £623.11
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Vintage EB SG Bass Guitar Made in Japan Matsumoku MIJ Gibson Epiphone Copy

Current price: £225.00
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2004 Gibson USA Custom Shop Pickguard Bracket for es 335 330 345 355 347 225 EB

Current price: £14.66
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1967 Gibson EB-2C Cherry Semi-Hollow Electric Bass

Current price: £934.98
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Time left: 4d 7h 56m
Gibson EB2 Bass 1968

Current price: £1800.00
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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-4 EB-3 EB4 EB3 L Conversion Electric Bass Guitar

Current price: £685.48
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Hard Electric Guitar Case for Gibson EB-3 Bass

Current price: £44.99
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Gibson EB 2 Bass Guitar circa 1967 Good Condition

Current price: £1371.59
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Time left: 29d 1h 33m
1964 Gibson EB-3 "SG BASS" (#GIB0207)

Current price: £3489.79
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Time left: 29d 3h 22m
Vintage Gibson EBO/EB3 (1969)

Current price: £1599.00
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1974 Gibson 4-Way Rotary Selector Switch For Ripper EB3 Bass & S1 Guitar BY CTS

Current price: £62.37
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Time left: 28d 11h 35m
Vintage 1965 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass Guitar Cherry Used

Current price: £608.14
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BARITONE / BUTTON SWITCH Used On Vintage GIBSON BASS, EB2, EB2D, Epiphone Rivoli

Current price: £9.35
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Time left: 14d 3h 46m
1968 Gibson EB-3 Cherry Red SG BASS (#GIB0200)

Current price: £2491.81
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Time left: 14d 5h 53m
2014 USA Gibson EB Bass CONTROL KNOBS Black Bass Guitar Knobs

Current price: £9.35
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Gibson Eb0

Current price: £699.00
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Vintage 1960's Gibson varitone switch plate knob parts fo es 345 EB bass L-5 355

Current price: £74.22
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2014 Gibson Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass BODY NECK & TUNERS Project Mahogany Rosewood

Current price: £124.74
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Time left: 14d 7h 23m
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German ebay listings

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

Current price: €104.87
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Epiphone by Gibson SG G 400 EB ebony (schwarz) Baujahr 2010

Current price: €249.00
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USA Gibson EB Bass PICKGUARD 4 Ply Black American 5 String Bass Guitar

Current price: €26.90
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Time left: 24d 18h 36m
Gibson EB-6 1961

Current price: €7759.00
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Time left: 10d 44m
1968 Gibson EB-2 Bass - Cherry

Current price: €3055.00
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Time left: 15d 17h 13m
Gibson 1968 two-point Tune-O-Matic Chrome Bass Bridge / Brücke EB 0 EB 3 SG Bass

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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