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Gibson EB3 Bass

Solid-body electric bass guitar

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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Chrome Bass Bridge Ashtray Cover for Gibson EB Bass EBAC-C

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Vintage Gibson EBO Bass -- A beast!

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2014 Gibson EB 4 String 120th Anniversary w/ OHSC Brilliant Red List $1743 Save

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Vintage Bridge Saddles from '60s Gibson EBO/Rickenbacker? Bass

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New Nickel Gibson Bass Bridge Saddles Epiphone EB-0 EB-3 EBO EB0

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GIBSON EB4 ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR! - THE NEW COOL BOTTOM!!!

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2002 Epiphone (Gibson) EB-0 Bass Guitar - Korea

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Gibson 1974 Nickel EB Bass Tuners & Mounts

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2014 Gibson EB Bass Guitar 120th Anniversary w/ OHSC - Bullion Gold

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1963 Gibson EB-0 with New Gibson Hardshell Case

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Gibson EB Electric Bass - Satin Cream (2013)

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Chrome Alnico 5 Sidewinder Style Neck Pickup for Gibson EB Bass® etc PU-EBA-C

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UK ebay listings

1957 GIBSON EB-1 EXCELLENT VIOLIN BASS WITH UPRIGHT BAR & ORIG. HARD CASE RARE

Current price: £6570.20
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1960 Gibson EB-0 Slab body & banjo tuners(#GIB0215)

Current price: £5258.66
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1960 GIBSON EB-0 EB-O SLAB BODY ORIGINAL BANJO TUNERS SUPER RARE (orig case)

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1961 Gibson EB-3 Cherry Red, First year of production (#GIB0006)

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1964 Gibson EB-3 "SG BASS" (#GIB0207)

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1960 Gibson EB-O (#GIB0220)

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1959 Gibson EB-2 (#GIB0216)

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1960 Gibson EB-2 (#GIB0218)

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1969 GIBSON EB 1 VIOLIN BASS -- made in USA -- SLIM NECK PROFILE

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1968 Gibson EB-3 Cherry Red SG BASS (#GIB0200)

Current price: £2627.68
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1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

Current price: £1995.00
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1974 GIBSON EB3 - WHITE - ANDY BAXTER BASS

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German ebay listings

1967 Gibson EB 2D Bass - Vintage Sunburst - CLEAN & RARE!

Current price: €3565.00
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1968 Gibson EB-2 Bass - Cherry

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Gibson EB-0 1964

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Gibson Les Paul Lou Pallo Signature EB | Neu

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Gibson Les Paul Lou Pallo Signature EB | Neu

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Gibson Les Paul Lou Pallo Signature EB | Neu

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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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