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Gibson EB3 Bass
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1969 Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

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gibson bass eb-3
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last message by jules
16/11/2014 21:21

Unusual Gibson EB3 bass
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last message by Johnw
11/11/2014 13:45



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

Set of 1970s Gibson USA Speed Knobs For S1 SG L6S Grabber Ripper Special EB3 Eb0

Current price: $49.99
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Time left: 29d 17h 34m
1972 Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

Current price: $975.00

Time left: 6h 24m
Gibson EB 1 Violin bass 1970

Current price: $1899.00
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Time left: 29d 5h 12m
ORIGINAL 1969 GIBSON EB-0 BASS FREE SHIPPING WITH 'BIN', ORIGINAL HARDSHELL CASE

Current price: $1150.00
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Time left: 6d 7h 39m
2014 Gibson EB Bass Guitar 120th Anniversary w/ OHSC - Bullion Gold

Current price: $854.99
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Time left: 19d 19h 31m
ORIGINAL VINTAGE EARLY '70S GIBSON EB SERIES BASS GUITAR CASE!!!

Current price: $79.00
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Time left: 1d 2h 24m
AxeMasters SLOTTED BRASS NUT for Gibson Epiphone EB SG Series Bass Guitar

Current price: $14.99
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Time left: 10d 7h 15m
1973 Gibson EB-O Bass Guitar, Walnut Project Rebuild Luthier L@@K

Current price: $399.99
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Time left: 20d 8h 12m
1966 Gibson EB2 ' Dark Burst " Sunburst Bass Guitar

Current price: $1900.00
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Gibson EB Bass Guitar Fireburst Excellent

Current price: $575.95

Time left: 1d 6h 20m
2013 GIBSON EB ELECTRIC BASS-MINT WITH TAGS & OHSC!

Current price: $695.00
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Time left: 14d 17h 59m
Gibson 2014 EB Bass (Bullion Gold Fade) Mint, original pkg, 1 year warranty

Current price: $799.77
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Time left: 8h 54m
Gibson 4 / 5 String EB4 EB5 ? BASS ? Guitar Hard Shell EB 4 EB 5 Case World Ship

Current price: $229.99
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Time left: 29d 19h 19m
1963 Gibson EB-0 with New Gibson Hardshell Case

Current price: $1250.00
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Time left: 2d 7h 4m
1967 Gibson EB-3 Bass Guitar Vintage Very Nice Condition

Current price: $1995.00
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Time left: 27d 6h 3m
1960 GIBSON EB-O BASS , EXCELLENT CONDITION, SUPER RARE ORIGNAL KEYS, & NEW CASE

Current price: $5495.00
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Time left: 26d 5h 58m
1970 Gibson EB-3L Long Scale Bass Guitar Vintage Slotted Headstock

Current price: $1395.00
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Time left: 17d 6h 44m
Gibson EB2 vintage '66 Semi Hollow body RH bass

Current price: $2000.00

Time left: 2d 9h 54m
VINTAGE 1960' 1970'S GIBSON EB-0 EB-3 BASS CASE GOOD USED CONDITION

Current price: $115.00
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Time left: 25d 5h 23m
1969 Gibson EBO Bass Guitar

Current price: $1200.00
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Time left: 10d 3h 23m
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UK ebay listings

Gibson EB3 in Cherry - 1972/74 - with Hard Case - Chrome Cover Missing - AWESOME

Current price: £899.99
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Time left: 8d 20h 44m
GIBSON EB-2 BASS GUITAR. 1968. SUNBURST. "Gibson's Biggest Bass Invention" RARE

Current price: £1467.77

Time left: 1d 20h 6m
1967 GIBSON EB2

Current price: £4000.00
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Time left: 8d 18h 7m
Set of 1970s Gibson USA Speed Knobs For S1 SG L6S Grabber Ripper Special EB3 Eb0

Current price: £31.97
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Time left: 29d 17h 34m
1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

Current price: £1995.00
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Time left: 20d 15h 1m
1969 GIBSON EB0 - CHERRY RED - ANDY BAXTER BASS

Current price: £1395.00
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Time left: 4d 20h 6m
Epiphone Gibson Orville EO2-EB guitar

Current price: £350.00
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Time left: 26d 14h 6m
Hard Electric Guitar Case for Gibson EB-3 Bass

Current price: £44.99
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Time left: 4d 3h 13m
1967-1969 Gibson EB3 Bass ~~DARK WALNUT~~ Les Paul SG Vintage Guitar 1960 EB-3

Current price: £1213.23
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Time left: 6d 8h 55m
1967 Gibson EB-3 Bass Guitar Vintage Very Nice Condition

Current price: £1275.90
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Time left: 27d 6h 3m
ORIGINAL 1969 GIBSON EB-0 BASS FREE SHIPPING WITH 'BIN', ORIGINAL HARDSHELL CASE

Current price: £735.48
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Time left: 6d 7h 39m
Gibson EB 2 Bass Guitar circa 1967 Good Condition

Current price: £1406.37
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Time left: 1d 22h 21m
1972 Gibson EB-3 Bass Body and Neck Project Walnut finish VG+ **Worldwide**

Current price: £447.05
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Time left: 4d 12h 44m
Vintage Gibson EB3 1972/73 Original Bass Guitar not SG Bass

Current price: £1000.00
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Time left: 6d 51m
1970 Gibson EB-3L Long Scale Bass Guitar Vintage Slotted Headstock

Current price: £892.17
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Time left: 17d 6h 44m
New BARITONE / BUTTON SWITCH For Vintage GIBSON BASS, EB2, EB2D, Epiphone Rivoli

Current price: £9.59
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Time left: 26d 6h 2m
2004 Gibson USA Custom Shop Pickguard Bracket for es 335 330 345 355 347 225 EB

Current price: £14.39
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Time left: 28d 6h 20m
Original 1972 Gibson EB3 EB0 Bass Bridge VG+ **Worldwide**

Current price: £89.50
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Time left: 9d 12h 4m
Gibson Knob Pointer Set of 3 From 1960s- L6s Les Paul ES335 EB3 ES330 FIREBIRD

Current price: £25.58
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Time left: 29d 17h 34m
AxeMasters SLOTTED BRASS NUT for Gibson Epiphone EB SG Series Bass Guitar

Current price: £9.59
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Time left: 10d 7h 15m
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German ebay listings

Hipshot H20500C D-Tuner entspr. Schaller EB4 z.B. für Gibson Victory Bass

Current price: €2.02
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Time left: 1d 1h 13m
Epiphone by Gibson SG G 400 EB ebony (schwarz) Baujahr 2010

Current price: €239.00
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Time left: 20d 50m
1973 Gibson EB-4L Bass - Cherry incl. orig. Gibson case

Current price: €1685.00
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Time left: 29d 11h 29m
1967 Gibson EB 2D Bass - Vintage Sunburst - CLEAN & RARE!

Current price: €3565.00
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Time left: 28d 19h 46m
Epiphone by Gibson SG G-400 EB Ebony schwarz TOP + gratis Gigbag

Current price: €240.00
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Time left: 18d 15h 52m
Gibson 1968 two-point Tune-O-Matic Chrome Bass Bridge / Brücke EB 0 EB 3 SG Bass

Current price: €99.00
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Time left: 6d 14h 52m
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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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