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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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70's Gibson EB3 Project

Current price: $500.00
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gibson eb 2

Current price: $1200.00

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Gibson EB Bass Guitar Fireburst Near Mint under 8 lbs.

Current price: $699.00
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Gibson EB-2D Electric Bass 1968

Current price: $1750.00
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1953 Gibson EB-1 Electric Bass Guitar In Original Hardshell Case W/Stand

Current price: $7999.99
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Gibson Epiphone EBO Bass Guitar

Current price: $176.00
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1971 GIBSON EB2D BASS GUITAR EXTREMELY RARE CUSTOM COLOR

Current price: $2850.00
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1972 Walnut Gibson EB-0, 30 1/2" Scale Bass. (I51028831)

Current price: $999.99
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Epiphone Rivoli Bass 1997 Peerless - Made in Korea MIK - Sunburst, Gibson EB-2

Current price: $738.16
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1966 Gibson EB-2 EB-2D Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst

Current price: $1695.00
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2013 Gibson EB-13 Electric Bass - Satin Cream

Current price: $899.99
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Vintage Gibson SB-350 Bass Guitar 1973 Refinished Short Scale Double Cutaway

Current price: $699.00
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UK ebay listings

Gibson EB-0 Bass Guitar 1970-72.

Current price: £1100.00
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GIBSON 5 STRING EB BASS - GREAT LIGHTWEIGHT BASS WITH REAL THUMP! CASED & BOXED!

Current price: £699.00
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Gibson Eb-0L Sg Bass 1969-1972 Vintage

Current price: £585.00
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Epiphone Rivoli Bass 1997 Peerless - Made in Korea MIK - Sunburst, Gibson EB-2

Current price: £569.00
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Gibson EB-2D Electric Bass 1968

Current price: £1348.96
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1964 Gibson EBO Bass Cherry

Current price: £1599.00
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1971 GIBSON EB2D BASS GUITAR EXTREMELY RARE CUSTOM COLOR

Current price: £2196.87
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1966 GIBSON EB2C - CHERRY RED

Current price: £1995.00
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Gibson EB3L Slotted Headstock Bass

Current price: £1200.00
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2014 Gibson EB Bass w/ OHSC, Gold Bullion (Vintage Gloss), 120th Anniv #36716

Current price: £693.74
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1966 Gibson EB-2 EB-2D Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst

Current price: £1306.56
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1973 Gibson EB-3 Bass Walnut Finish All Original Original Case

Current price: £1229.48
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German ebay listings

1971 GIBSON EB 3 BASS SLOTTED HEADSTOCK - made in USA

Current price: €996.54
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GIBSON BASS EB0 1963 hergestellt in den USA shorts waage alle original gitarre

Current price: €1262.55
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Time left: 20d 21h 54m
Epiphone by Gibson Les Paul Studio Ebony EB LP E-Gitarre schwarz - NEU

Current price: €335.00
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Epiphone by Gibson Les Paul Custom Pro Ebony EB schwarz - E-Gitarre - ENCTEBGH1

Current price: €499.00
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GIBSON Midtown Standard 2015 EB in Ebony zum MEGADEAL! (UVP 1449€)

Current price: €888.00
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Gibson Les Paul CM 2016 T EB Satin Ebony

Current price: €33.50
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There are 2 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
jobo Comment left 27th September 2012 08:08:25
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 08:08:48
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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