Gibson EB-3L bass
1970 Gibson bass catalogue page 3
Guitars and Parts for Sale
1970 Gibson bass bass catalogue, page 3. The EB0 and EB3 basses were redesigned in late 1969; the main change being a slotted headstock with back facing banjo-style tuning keys. But for the first time these basses were also available as long (34") scale instruments. This page shows the Gibson EB3L bass that had just been launched, and also lists the EB0L; the long scale versions of the EB3 and EB0 bass.
The solid-body EB basses had always been available in translucent Cherry finish, but in 1969 (prior to the advent of the slotted headstock EBs) a second finish, Walnut was also offered. The EB-3L pictured here sports this new Walnut finish.
Long scale instruments were sold at the same price as their short scale equivalents. The US zone 1 price (March 1970) was $390, rising to $410 in September of the same year.
Long, lean and mean. The EB-3L has a 34 1/2" scale length, giving the bass player an additional harmonic range to work with. The ultra thin, fast, low-action neck allows rapid response and flexibility