1970 Gibson Bass Catalogue

EB1, EB0, EB3, EB3L, EB and EB2D

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Dimensions: 9" x 4" - 8 full colour pages. The 1970 mini-catalogues were printed in early-mid 1970. The precise date is not listed, but somewhere between the printing of the two Gibson price lists of that year; March and September.

1970 was a key year for Gibson. Parent company CMI had been bought out, and was now run by Norlin. America was in recession, and guitar sales were continually dropping from their peak just five years earlier. Gibson offered several new bass models and sales were pretty good. The slotted headstock EB series now included long scale versions, which proved popular, despite never outselling the shortscales. One interesting bass shown here is the Gibson EB. This model was never manufactured in large numbers, and was more likely included to gauge public opinion to a cheap non-mahogany bass. This could perhaps be considered as a precursor to the Gibson SB bass range. This is also the last US catalogue appearance of the EB2 bass.

One other bass appears in this series, although it is in the 1970 Les Paul brochure, rather than the Bass brochure - the Gibson Les Paul bass

The 1970 Gibson bass guitar catalogue featured the following guitars. Click on the images for full size versions, or click on the model names below to go directly to that page

Gibson EB1
Gibson EB3L
Gibson EB3
Gibson EB0
Gibson EB
Gibson EB2D

The 1970 Gibson catalogue consisted of 12 separate brochures, all the same size, and basic design, each concentrating on a specific segment of Gibson's product range. This was the first time the Gibson catalogue had been split into so many sections.

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Riklef de Parada Comment left 20th February 2012 18:06:48 reply
I own a Gibson EB Bass Slot Head! 970th From 1970 to 1976 about 40 times played so good as new with box and original certificates. How much would I get for it in €? Greetings from Germany Rick.