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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 jules
25/10/2014 12:25

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

NEW CASE FITS GIBSON EB2; EPIPHONE RIVOLI, Triumph II / Zenith BASS GUITAR

Current price: $79.99
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Gibson Baritone, converted from 1973 EB-3

Current price: $700.00
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2013 GIBSON EB ELECTRIC BASS-MINT WITH TAGS & OHSC!

Current price: $795.00
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Gibson EB0 Bass Pickup Vintage EB3 EBO Neck Mudbucker Humbucker SG

Current price: $69.99

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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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1967 Gibson EB-3 Bass Vintage Bass Guitar Jack Bruce Cream EB

Current price: $1600.00
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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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Time left: 25d 21h 43m
Gibson Epiphone EB-3 Bass Guitar New Mint Condition!

Current price: $132.53
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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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Vintage Gibson EB Loaded Bass Body

Current price: $99.99
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1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

Current price: $999.00
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PICKGUARD FITS GIBSON EBO 1963 BASS B/P/B/P/B

Current price: $32.00
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Gibson Epiphone Cherry EB3 SG bass guitar 4 string right handed with accessories

Current price: $160.00

Time left: 2d 19h 25m
Vintage 1971 Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

Current price: $1100.00
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2014 GIBSON EB4 FIREBURST VINTAGE GLOSS BASS GUITAR W/CASE & BOX

Current price: $499.99
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Vintage 1968 Gibson EB-2 Hollowbody Bass Guitar! Strong Original Cherry Finish!

Current price: $1249.95
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Time left: 19d 14h 51m
Gibson EB 13 Bass Fireburst Vintage Gloss

Current price: $628.95
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1969 Gibson EBO EB-0 Mudbucker Pickup USA VINTAGE!

Current price: $199.00
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Time left: 25d 17h 56m
Gibson Epiphone Sheraton II EB

Current price: $299.99
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Time left: 4d 20h 45m
BARITONE / BUTTON SWITCH Used On Vintage GIBSON BASS, EB2, EB2D, Epiphone Rivoli

Current price: $14.99
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Time left: 6d 17h 25m
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UK ebay listings

1968 Gibson EB-0 bass w/ OHC

Current price: £623.50
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Time left: 5d 20h 21m
GIBSON EB-2 BASS GUITAR. 1968. SUNBURST. "Gibson's Biggest Bass Invention" RARE

Current price: £1432.36

Time left: 3d 21h 8m
NEW CASE FITS GIBSON EB2; EPIPHONE RIVOLI, Triumph II / Zenith BASS GUITAR

Current price: £49.92
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Time left: 3d 15h 46m
Hard Electric Guitar Case for Gibson EB-3 Bass

Current price: £44.99
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Time left: 7d 15h 43m
Vintage EB SG Bass Guitar Made in Japan Matsumoku MIJ Gibson Epiphone Copy

Current price: £215.00
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1962 GIBSON EB0 - CHERRY RED - ANDY BAXTER BASS

Current price: £1595.00
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Time left: 24d 12h 37m
Epiphone by Gibson EB-3 SG bass ebony finish

Current price: £136.68
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Time left: 20h 41m
Gibson EB Bass 4 w/hard Case And Warranty.

Current price: £561.70
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Time left: 8d 15h 56m
Gibson EB2 Bass 1968

Current price: £1800.00
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Time left: 26d 14h 54m
Vintage Gibson EBO/EB3 (1969)

Current price: £1599.00
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2004 Gibson USA Custom Shop Pickguard Bracket for es 335 330 345 355 347 225 EB

Current price: £14.67
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Time left: 1d 23h 28m
1964 Gibson EB-3 "SG BASS" (#GIB0207)

Current price: £3491.96
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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-4 EB-3 EB4 EB3 L Conversion Electric Bass Guitar

Current price: £685.91
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Time left: 7d 19h 14m
1969 Gibson EB-0 EBO Bass Bridge Cover USA VINTAGE!

Current price: £78.02
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Time left: 25d 16h 49m
1969 Gibson EBO EB-0 Mudbucker Pickup USA VINTAGE!

Current price: £124.20
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Time left: 25d 17h 56m
1969 Gibson EB-0 EBO Bass Pickup Mounting Ring USA VINTAGE!

Current price: £43.06
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Time left: 25d 18h 3m
60-70s Gibson EB3 Control Cavity Cover / Plate

Current price: £13.70
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Time left: 11d 18h 35m
1968 Gibson EB-3 Cherry Red SG BASS (#GIB0200)

Current price: £2493.37
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Time left: 6d 19h 31m
Gibson EB 2 Bass Guitar circa 1967 Good Condition

Current price: £1372.44
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Time left: 21d 15h 12m
1968 GIBSON EB2D - CHERRY RED **PRICE DROP - **ORIGINALLY £2,495 NOW £1,995**

Current price: £1995.00
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Time left: 23d 19h 9m
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German ebay listings

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

Current price: €100.00
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Time left: 1d 17h 5m
GIBSON EB-14 5-Saiter E-Bass natur - leicht gebraucht

Current price: €649.00
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Time left: 25d 14h 10m
Epiphone by Gibson SG G 400 EB ebony (schwarz) Baujahr 2010

Current price: €249.00
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Time left: 9d 15h 48m
USA Gibson EB Bass 5 String Pots Wiring Switch & Jack American COIL TAPPING

Current price: €35.90
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Time left: 23d 14h 16m
1969 GIBSON EB VIOLIN BASS -- made in USA -- SLIM NECK PROFILE

Current price: €3850.00
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Time left: 29d 9h 47m
USA Gibson EB Bass PICKGUARD 4 Ply Black American 5 String Bass Guitar

Current price: €26.90
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Time left: 17d 8h 14m
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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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