Gibson EB-0, EB-3 and EB-6 bass guitars

1964 Gibson Electric Guitars Page 14

1964 Gibson Guitar and Bass catalogue. Page 14. Electric bass guitars. Continuing on from the Thunderbird models shown on the previous page. The solid body SG-styled EB basses were the most popular Gibson bass guitars up to that time; sales had improved on the violin shaped EB1 and the semi-hollow EB2 which had come before them. True the EB2 had somewhat of a comeback towards the end of the 1960s, but the popularity of SG bass guitars meant that they would stay in Gibson's catalogues for the rest of the 1960s and 1970s. They were characterised by their short scales and all-mahogany construction, which when combined with the very hot EB humbucker at the neck, gave a rich dark tone - very much of it's time.

One model that failed to do well was the six string EB6 bass; this is the last time it would ever be shown in a Gibson catalogue, and it was soon removed from price lists too. The other models, the EB-0 and EB-3 continued to sell into the early 1970s, only losing ground once the fashion for brighter bass tones lead to a new range of long scale, maple/alder Gibson basses such as the Grabber and Ripper.

Prices for the EB bass series in 1964 were as follows: EB0 $240, EB3 $350, EB6 $370. (US zone 1 prices)

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