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Gibson EB2 Bass

Semi acoustic 1960s and early 1970s Gibson bass guitar

1968 Gibson EB-2D electric bass guitar

The EB2 bass guitar was launched in early 1958 as a companion model to the new thinline semi acoustic guitar the ES-335T. It was available in several variations between 1958-61 and 1964-72. The bass on the right is a 1968 EB-2D.

Gibson subsidiary Epiphone made a very similar model, the Rivoli, which was constructed in the same manor, of the same materials. The differences were cosmetic - the headstock shape and markings were in the Epiphone style, as was the scratchplate.

1964/65 Gibson EB2 promo sheet
1964/65 Gibson EB2 promo sheet

The description below comes from the 1970 Gibson Bass catalogue which was the last to feature the EB2; the one-pickup model was dropped in 1970, but the two pickup EB-2D was still listed in price lists throughout 1972

The following description is taken from the 1970 Gibson catalog

A hollow-body electric bass that features a Bass/Baritone push button for two different tonal characteristics. This feature allows the bass player to achieve enormous range and versatility ... a popular combination with today's groups.

FEATURES: Curly maple arched top, back, and rims with ivoroid binding. Slim, fast, low-action neck joins the body at the 18th fret. Three-piece laminated mahogany neck equipped with adjustable truss rod. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Combination bridge and tailpiece adjustable horizontally and vertically. Powerful humbucking pickups with separate tone and volume controls. Bass/ Baritone Push button for two different tonal characteristics. Mute. 16" wide, 19" long, 1¾" thin; 30½" scale, 20 frets.

EB-2 Single pickup Sunburst finish
EB-2C Single pickup Cherry finish
EB-2W Single pickup Walnut finish
EB-2D Double pickups Sunburst finish
EB-2DC Double pickups Cherry finish
EB-2DW Double pickups Walnut finish

The EB2 bass in Gibson catalogs

Gibson 1958 Electrics Catalogue

The EB2 was first announced in the 1958 Gibson Electrics catalogue

This new thin model Gibson double cutaway electric bass is the ideal companion for the new ES-335T guitar. True bass-pitch response throughout its tonal range. Now the player has easy access to the complete twenty fret range on all four strings. New body construction, with solid fining neck, pickup, and combination tailpiece-bridge, provides the solidity to produce clear, resonant, sustaining bass response

Gibson 1966 Full Line catalogue

The EB2s popularity had increased by the mid 1960s. 1966 Gibson full line catalogue

The EB2 hollow-body electric bass provides an exciting "new look" with its thin body double cutaway design. The sensational Gibson Base / Baritone Push button gives the bass player the enormous range and versatility he's always wanted. It's a combination of dramatic good looks and driving, full tone for a sound that really sells a combo!

Gibson 1968 pamphlet

The EB2 was featured in the 1968 pamphlet. 1968 Gibson pamphlet

Move your group forward with a new drive. The sensational Gibson bass / baritone push button provides great bass range. And this hollow-body electric bass is unbelievably thin. Single or twin pickups.

Gibson 1970 electric bass catalogue

1970 Gibson bass catalogue

A hollow-body electric bass that features a Bass/Baritone push button for tow different tonal characteristics

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VINTAGE - RARE - CUSTOM!! 1969 Gibson EB-2DN - Custom Ordered, One off!

VINTAGE - RARE - CUSTOM!! 1969 Gibson EB-2DN - Custom Ordered, One off!

Tulsa, Oklahoma, 741**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The Gibson EB-2 Bass was invented in 1959 & made famous by many players. This example is oh-so rare & is the last of the best EB-2DN??s from 1969 prior to changing its neck design into the 70??s. Its beautiful Blonde finish is what this is all about & so frickin rare. Its 1 piece mahogany neck feel delicious. No volute nor Made in the USA stamp. She??s got a perfect orange label too. I
ts black & white laminated pickgard show very well. Its 2 powerful pickups along w / its ... more
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1965 Gibson EB-2 Bass a very special ordered EB-2 in a factory Argentine Gray !

1965 Gibson EB-2 Bass a very special ordered EB-2 in a factory Argentine Gray !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The Gibson EB-2 Bass was invented in 1959 & made famous by many players. This example is oh-so rare & very special ordered by its 1st owner & is 1 of the coolest special ordered EB-2??s from 1965. Its beautiful slightly faded original ??Argentine Gray?? custom color finish is what this is all about & its so frickin rare. Its 1 of only 2 of this color known to exist. Its 1 piece mahogany neck feel delicious. No volute nor Made in the USA stamp. She??s got a perfect orange label ... more
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1958 Gibson EB-2 Thinline Bass Guitar

1958 Gibson EB-2 Thinline Bass Guitar

Keene, New Hampshire, 034**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1958 Gibson EB-2 Electric Bass. All original and in excellent condition. Tobacco Sunburst finish. Single pickup, earliest version. Laminated maple thinline body. Banjo tuners in excellent condition. Serial number is A27810. A total of 90 EB-2 basses were shipped in 1958. Comes with original case in very good condition with all functioning latches. A very nice example for any vintage Gibson collection. Shipping will be $150 00 in the CONUS. I only ship in the USA
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1964 Gibson EB-2 Bass with Hard Shell Vintage Flight Case

1964 Gibson EB-2 Bass with Hard Shell Vintage Flight Case

Chantilly, Virginia, 201**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Gibson EB-2 Bass with Hard Shell Vintage Flight Case.

The Gibson comes with a stellar silver and gold very early flight case you could ship it overseas in that thing and I wouldn't be afraid. It came from a very high end Collection and is in extremely good condition and will not find one in better shape. Plays and sounds amazing, has the stock bass boost switch that gets super deep tones and a very very cool bass!!!!  It is so clean you can eat off of it!!! Jimmy page... more
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1968 Gibson EB2D Bass with Hard Shell Case

1968 Gibson EB2D Bass with Hard Shell Case

Bridgeport, West Virginia, 263**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Gibson EB2D bass is in very good condition. We listedit as "very good" because of the neck repairs, but if not for thatissue, it probably could be considered "excellent " The best we candetermine, the bass is a 1968. The pots are clearly marked 1967, and the dateranges for the bass is 1966-1969. Also has the mini humbucker in bridge. Itappears they only made 2000 of these with the mini humbuckers throughout theentire 60's. It has had the common repair where the headstock meets the neck, and... more
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1967 Gibson EB-2 Bass Cherry Red w / Ohsc

1967 Gibson EB-2 Bass Cherry Red w / Ohsc

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1967 Gibson EB-2 Bass Cherry Red
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Non-Original Pickguard
Filled In Bridge Route

Some Finish Overspray On Back
Weighs 8lbs 14oz
With Original Hardshell Case
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Harrison, Arkansas, 726**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1968 Gibson EB2D Bass with Hard Shell Case

1968 Gibson EB2D Bass with Hard Shell Case

Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1968 Gibson EB2D. There is a head stock repair made at some point in its history. The body and rest of the neck is in great condition. There are finish checkings across the body but that's to be expected
That mudbucker in the neck is wooly! And the bridge has bite! The switches and knobs work as they should with a little scratchiness as you use them. Aside from that you won't notice it.
Comes with non original case
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Vintage Early 1960s Gibson EB-0  /  EB-2 Bass Bridge Mute

Vintage Early 1960's Gibson EB-0 / EB-2 Bass Bridge Mute

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Early 1960's Gibson EB-0 / EB-2 Bass Bridge Mute
Very Good Condition Sold by a mom & pop music store in Brooklyn NY
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Berlin, New Hampshire, 035**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


There's nothing worse than not having a cover for that big Gibson bass humbucker. It's one butt-ugly pickup without it! This is correct for late 1965 thru 1970 EB-O, EB-2 and EB-3 models as well as 1969 & 1970 EB-1 basses. It will also fit Epiphone Rivoli basses. This version has the small-head mounting screws (not included) Gibson changed the height and the position of this cover in 1970 and enlarged the mounting screw holes. Dimensions are 3 3 / 8" wide by 2 1 / 4" ... more
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RARE 1968 Gibson EB-2 Bass Guitar In Sparkling Burgundy Metallic WITH HARDCASE

RARE 1968 Gibson EB-2 Bass Guitar In Sparkling Burgundy Metallic WITH HARDCASE

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12***, UNITED KINGDOM


An incredibly rare and beautiful example of a late 60s Gibson EB-2 bass (as played by the likes of Chas Chandler etc )

In a very rare factory-original Sparkling Burgundy Metallic finish. These finishes were done at the factory back in the day over the top of sunburst finishes if there were any imperfections, so these are pretty hard to find - especially in such great condition!

The finish does show signs of use and the usual checking / patina, as is to be expected of an ... more
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Vintage 1965 Gibson EB2 D *Museum Condition* Sunburst Bass Guitar w /  OHSC & Tags

Vintage 1965 Gibson EB2 D *Museum Condition* Sunburst Bass Guitar w / OHSC & Tags



Vintage 1965 Gibson EB2 D *Museum Condition* Sunburst Bass Guitar w / OHSC & Tags
I??m THRILLED to announce the sale of a 60+ year collection coming through The Music Locker. This collection spans all decades from the 60s to the present day. They have been collected by a true lover of vintage. This particular guitar is one of the nicest guitars you'll ever find - in truly museum quality condition. It dates to 1965 and is the EB2 double pickup version, complete with the original case and ... more
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Gibson EB-2 1967 Sunburst Bass 335 Semi Hollow

Gibson EB-2 1967 Sunburst Bass 335 Semi Hollow

Bari, 70***, ITALY


Gibson EB-2 1967 Sunburst. For Sale Directly From My Private Collection! In Amazing Condition .The Headstock is without any scratches, Sounds Amazing With its original "Baritone switch " ! Original Case, Truss rod key, Case key and amazing Hang Tags! Body Semi Hollow with Laminated Maple Neck Mahogany Fretboard Brasilian Rosewood Pickup Original EB Humbucking Original and Perfectly Working String mute Original Case and Documents... more
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Rare Basse électrique Gibson EB-2 1969 Sunburst Très bon état

Rare Basse électrique Gibson EB-2 1969 Sunburst Très bon état



Rare Basse électrique Gibson EB-2 1969 Sunburst Très bon état
Superbe basse vintage, équipée du fameux micro Mudbucker et du switch BaritonCe dernier fonctionne comme un filtre passe-bas et permet d'obtenir un son de basse dub reggae
Cette basse est en excellent état au regard de son âge. Elle présente quelques traces d'usure dues à ses 55 ans Le manche shortscale est agréable à jouer et l'électronique d'origine fonctionne parfaitement
Cette basse a été révisée par un... more
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Vintage Gibson 1966 EB-2 Hollowbody Bass Guitar with Sunburst Finish

Vintage Gibson 1966 EB-2 Hollowbody Bass Guitar with Sunburst Finish

Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B***, CANADA

C $3850

Vintage Hollow body Bass

Vintage original 1966 Gibson EB-2 Hollowbody Bass in original Sunburst finish.
The tone is thick and warm.
All original, except for a missing metal thumb rest.
The finish does showcase some checking, and the original case is intact but worn.

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Gibson 1964 EB-2 Used Electric Bass Good Condition

Gibson 1964 EB-2 Used Electric Bass Good Condition



This Gibson 1964 EB-2 Used Electric Bass is a great addition to any musician's collection. With a semi-hollow body type and 4 string configuration, this bass is perfect for any right-handed player. The bass comes with a hard shell original case and cable for added convenience. The unit quantity is 1 and the country / region of manufacture is the United States. This bass is a vintage piece and has a unique sound that cannot be replicated. It is perfect for any player who wants to elevate their ... more
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Vintage 1970 1971 1972 Gibson EB2D Sunburst Bass Guitar w /  OHSC *1970s* Ex JLR

Vintage 1970 1971 1972 Gibson EB2D Sunburst Bass Guitar w / OHSC *1970s* Ex JLR



Vintage 1970 1971 1972 Gibson EB2D Sunburst Bass Guitar w / OHSC *1970s* Ex JLR
This beauty has been owned by Blues Hall of Fame artist Jimmy Lloyd Rea (Ex. Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker) for many many years, until the previous owner purchased it in a local auction in the USA. He was from Portland, Oregon. I then managed to buy it off of him and it now resides in the UK! It's a truly stunning and full of character early 1970s Gibson EB2D in original finish and complete with the ... more
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D.E.Barker Comment left 17th February 2017 03:03:18 reply
was looking for some help on dating a Gibson bass. the serial # appears to be 507424. I was told that it was an EB2 from the late 60's. I have been having trouble deciphering the date from the serial# thru the few sites I have visited. Any help is appreciated. Thanks D.B.
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 17th February 2017 04:04:36 reply
Hi D - sorry, you can not precisely pin down a date with the six-digit serial numbers alone... the fact is Gibson made so many instruments around this time that numbers got reused before they eventually came up with a better system in the late 70s. I have seen 5xxxxx serial numbers on '66 and '68 EB2s, and there could potentially be examples from 1970 too. If it is fitted with a one-piece bar bridge it's a '66 - if it has the plastic saddles it's a '68. If it has this bridge but also 'made in USA' on the headstock reverse it's a 1970. Feel free to send me pics if in doubt.
walliewilliamsjr Comment left 17th July 2012 04:04:33 reply
very informative,I,ve use various basses,over the yr,s since 13 and owned them all,I still have a gibson2 and Ibanez vintage.I ve played over47 yr,s Thankyou.


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1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.