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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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Gibson EB-1 Electric Bass Guitar 1967

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Gibson eb-3 1970 bass guitar

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Gibson USA EB 2014 5 String Bass 120th Anniversary Edition w/OHSC

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Gibson sg eb3 bass guitar - custom blue - used

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Case, Fits Epiphone EB0, EB3, Other Gibson and Epiphone Models

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Gibson EB-0 EB 0 EB0 Bass Guitar, Solid, Cherry, 1965

Current price: $1350.00
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Vintage 1971 Gibson EB-0 EB-1 Bass Pickup 30k

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Gibson Epiphone EB3, EB0 Bass Case,Clean,Tolex over Wood,Key,no reserve

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Gibson Ripper / EB / Les Paul Bass Neck Blank From Old Gibson Factory

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1971 Gibson EB-3 Bass w/original case

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Gibson EB3 60's vintage Neck pickup cheap

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GIBSON EB3 PARTS

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German ebay listings

Westerngitarre Epiphone AJ 15E EB (Gibson Nachbau) halbakustisch + Tasche

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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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