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Gibson EB0, EB2 and EB6 bass guitars

1960 Gibson guitar and amplifier catalog, page 16

Gibson 1960 guitar and amplifier catalog. Details of three Gibson bass guitars, the EB0, EB2 and EB6. The EB0 and EB6 were two newer models at the time, and this is their first catalog appearance. The EB0 was launched in 1959, the EB6 in 1960. This early version of the EB0 only lasted until 1961 when it (along with the Les Paul Junior and Special) lost the Les Paul double-cut shape in favour of the more familiar SG shape, that has characterised the EB basses ever since.

This image shows both basses with back-facing banjo style tuning keys. This was a characteristic of all early Gibson basses, though they were soon to be replaced by two-per-side Kluson 538 keys.

By the time of the next Gibson catalog (1962), the bass line up had changed completely. The EB-2 had been discontinued, and the EB-0 and EB-6, (along with a new model, the EB3) were redesigned to match the new Les Paul guitar range in the new 'batwing' SG body style.

1960 US zone 1 prices for these basses were as follows: Gibson EB-0 $195; Gibson EB-2 $285 ($300 natural finish); Gibson EB-6 $325. Only 34 EB-6 guitars were shipped from Kalamazoo in 1960, the model's first year. But then, only 119 EB-2 and 342 EB-0 left the plant in the same time. Jump forward five years, and bass production is five times higher. These early Gibson bass guitars are pretty rare.

1960 Gibson guitar and amplifier catalog, page 16: Gibson EB0, EB2 and EB6 bass guitars
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1962 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass Cherry 100% Original w /  Mudbucker

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Up for sale, a 1962 Gibson EB-0 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Introduced in 1959 in response to declining sales of the EB-1, the EB-0 originally came with a Les Paul Junior style body, quickly superseded by the SG style body (like the example seen here) in 1961. Lightweight at 7lbs 2oz with solid mahogany construction, this bass delivers pure, fat low-end thump courtesy of the famous "Mudbucker" pickup. The rich growl of the EB-0 sits perfectly in a mix, deftly below ... more
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UP FOR AUCTION IS MY RARE EXCELLENT ORIGINAL VINTAGE CONDITION 1966-1967 USA GIBSON EB-2DC ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR & OHSC. AS YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE IN THE PICS THIS BASS GUITAR IS IN EXCELLENT ORIGINAL VINTAGE CONDITION. OTHER THAN SOME LACQUER CHECKING AND MINOR PLAY WEAR THE BASS GUITAR HAS NO ISSUES. THE ORIGINAL HERITAGE CHERRY FINISH LOOKS FANTASTIC. THE BASS GUITAR HAS BEEN CLEANED, POLISHED AND SET UP WITH NEW STRINGS. THE NECK IS PERFECTLY STRAIGHT, THE TRUSS ROD TURNS FREELY, THE ACTION... more
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Gibson 1961 EB2 with baritone switch and finger rest.

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Vintage Gibson EB-0 Cherry 1960

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1972 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass with Gigbag - Walnut - Vintage - EB0 EB 0

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1972 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass with Gigbag - Walnut - Vintage
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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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional