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1970 Gibson bass catalogue page 3 - Gibson EB3L bass

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

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bassdna Comment left 8th December 2011 12:12:49 reply
Did the slotted headstock EB3L ever come without a mute. I'm doing a restoration and it seems mine didn't have one - as far as I can tell anyway. I can send you some images if you are interested
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 14th August 2012 13:01:03 reply
Then yours is most likely a later model. The production run of the slotted headstock EBs started in either very late 1969 or very early 1970, and these did indeed have the underbridge string mutes. As production continued in to 1971 they certainly started shipping them without these. But they may have used foam mutes attached to the underside of the bridge cover. How common this was is not clear, as they usually fell off leaving little or no trace. They were pretty pointless really anyway, but several early seventies EB basses did ship with these 'excuses' for a mute.