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Gibson EB3 Bass
Solid-body electric bass guitar

1969 Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

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James Gang - EB3 - Tom Kriss
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last message by KidCole
03/06/2013 12:44

FOR SALE 1969/70 Gibson EB-3 Bass
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last message by TC52
11/05/2013 13:55



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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Pair of 1970s Gibson USA Speed Knobs For SG L6-S Grabber Ripper Special EB3 Eb0

Current price: $39.99
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VINTAGE GIBSON EB0 EB-0 BASS POTS CAPACITORS CONTROLS SET 1965 GOOD (BB)

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70's Gibson BASS BRIDGE Ripper RD EB-3 Les Paul? 3 point

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Vintage 70's Gibson EB-0 EB-3 Bass Guitar PICKGUARD Pick Guard

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GIBSON EBO 4 STRING BASS 1971 "RARE SLOTTED HEADSTOCK"

Current price: $1250.00
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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass Plays Great, Sounds Great W/Hard Case EB0

Current price: $1149.00
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Rare! 1960 Gibson EB-O Bass Cherry w/OHSC Single Piece Mahogany Body And Neck

Current price: $6395.00
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2013 Gibson EB Bass Super Clean, Versatile, USA Made with case

Current price: $749.00
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Gibson EB-1 Vintage Violin Bass 1969 Rare!

Current price: $3500.00
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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-4L

Current price: $850.00

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1973 Gibson EB3L EB-3L Bass Pickguard VINTAGE! USA

Current price: $105.00
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Vintage 1973 Gibson SB450 Electric bass Ebony Finish USA Made RARE Color!

Current price: $799.00

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Vintage Gibson 60's ES 335 EB 2 Case Yellow Lined Good Condition

Current price: $299.99
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VINTAGE 1970 Gibson EB 3L ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR Long Scale with Original Case

Current price: $1325.00
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2007 Gibson USA SG 4 String Bass! Cherry/Chrome! EB-3, EB3! w/OHSC

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Pickup Ring For Bridge Pickup From Early Gibson EB3

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Gibson USA EB Bass BODY & NECK Project American Swamp Ash & Rosewood Bull Gold

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Gibson EB3L EB-3L Bass Truss Rod cover

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70s Gibson EB-3 Bass Pickup Mount EB0 EBO 0 O Neck mudbucker

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vintage Gibson EB-3 bass wiring harness EB3 EB3L

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Pair of 1970s Gibson USA Speed Knobs For SG L6-S Grabber Ripper Special EB3 Eb0

Current price: £23.79
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VINTAGE GIBSON EB0 EB-0 BASS POTS CAPACITORS CONTROLS SET 1965 GOOD (BB)

Current price: £163.60
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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass Plays Great, Sounds Great W/Hard Case EB0

Current price: £683.56
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Rare! 1960 Gibson EB-O Bass Cherry w/OHSC Single Piece Mahogany Body And Neck

Current price: £3804.51
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2013 Gibson EB Bass Super Clean, Versatile, USA Made with case

Current price: £445.59
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1973 Gibson EB3L EB-3L Bass Pickguard VINTAGE! USA

Current price: £62.47
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GIBSON EB0 BASS - CHERRY - VINTAGE GIBSON BASS - 1959

Current price: £3295.00
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Gibson 4 Or 5 String BASS Guitar Case EB Grabber 2012 2013 ? Right Or Left Hand

Current price: £226.06
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Vintage 1968 Gibson SG junior Jr EB0 Control Harness Pots Caps 1969 219PT1

Current price: £133.86
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Vintage Gibson NOS Parts Rosewood EB / KZoo Finger Rest

Current price: £17.84
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2012 Gibson EB Bass Lefty Left Handed Sunburst LH

Current price: £710.93
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VINTAGE 1973 USA GIBSON EB-O BASS GUITAR CONTROL CAVITY COVER EB-3 L 1974

Current price: £47.00
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VINTAGE 1972 USA GIBSON EB-4L BASS GUITAR PICKGUARD ORIGINAL EB

Current price: £74.36
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Vintage 1969 Gibson EB-0 Bass- Cherry Walnut Finish (1842)

Current price: £892.37
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VINTAGE 1967 USA GIBSON EB-O BASS GUITAR PICKUP w COVER ORIGINAL EB 2 EB 3

Current price: £234.99
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VINTAGE GIBSON EB0 EB-0 BASS POTS CAPACITORS CONTROLS SET 1969 GOOD USED (ZZ)

Current price: £163.60
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1969 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Bass Guitar Slot-Head Rare & Hard to Find

Current price: £535.42
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Gibson 1973 EB0 Bass - Lovely vintage bass - All original - REDUCED

Current price: £795.00
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AxeMasters LH (Larger Hands) BRASS NUT Gibson EB Series Bass Guitar & Copies

Current price: £8.33
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1965 Gibson EB-2 EB2 Hollow-body Bass- Cherry Finish (SKU# 1890)

Current price: £1308.82
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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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