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Gibson EB0, EB3 and EB6 bass guitars

1962 Gibson guitars and amplifiers catalog page 16

Gibson 1962 guitar and bass catalogue. Gibson electric bass guitars. The Les Paul guitar range was remodelled in 1961 with the iconic SG body shape; and this was extended to the Gibson bass range too. The EB0 solid body bass had previously had the old Les Paul Junior double cutaway shape, but now it was also joined by two more SG models, the two pickup EB3 and a short-lived six string model, the EB6. In fact the description of the EB-6 here still describes the older hollow-body (EB-2 style) construction; the change to a solid body happened sometime during 1962.

The new EB-0/EB-3 were a success and sales increased immediately. This was, then, the first catalog appearance of the Gibson SG basses that would remain in the Gibson range throughout this decade and the next.

Another model, the EB-0F was soon to join the line, and although produced just a little too late to appear in this catalogue, was listed in price lists of 1962

1962 zone 1 USA prices were as follows: Gibson EB-0 $210, EB-3 $310, EB6 $325

1962 Gibson electric guitars and amplifiers catalog, page 16: Gibson EB0, EB3 and EB6 bass guitars
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Vintage Gibson Victory Bass Standard, Ebony, Rare, 1982, Custom Pickguard W / H

Vintage Gibson Victory Bass Standard, Ebony, Rare, 1982, Custom Pickguard W / H

Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1982! Overall Great Condition This Bass in in the rarest ebony finish, to really make this bass "POP" a custom red and black swirl pickguard was added
The Gibson Victory bass was launched in mid-1981, as a basic one-pickup passive model; the Victory Standard, and a two-pickup active Victory Artist. These were joined a year later by a two-pickup passive version, the Gibson Victory Custom. It was designed by the then Research and Development team, based in the ... more
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Gibson SG Standard 4 String Bass - Ebony

Gibson SG Standard 4 String Bass - Ebony

Middletown, New York, 109**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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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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1966 Gibson  EBO  Bass

1966 Gibson  EBO  Bass

York, Pennsylvania, 174**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 Gibson EBO Bass. with hard shell case . Plays and looks good for how old my bass is.... more
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1960 Gibson EB-6 six-string hollowbody Bass w / headstock repair + neck cracks

1960 Gibson EB-6 six-string hollowbody Bass w / headstock repair + neck cracks

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1960 Gibson EB-6 hollowbody 6-string bass. The headstock has a break which was professionally repaired and finished over. There are two cracks in the neck running upward from around the 11th fret with one on each side. These two cracks have not been repaired as they do not appear to need attention as the bass appears structurally sound. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original with the ... more
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Epiphone by Gibson EB-O Short-Scale 4 st Electric Bass Guitar  R4394

Epiphone by Gibson EB-O Short-Scale 4 st Electric Bass Guitar R4394

Pleasant Hill, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


SINCE 2007
Condition Specifics
Local trade from a non smoker. Fresh set up. Tunes and plays great. Neck is straight Good frets. Minor wear on normal spots Finish cracks in neck pocket, like most bolt on neck guitars. The top hat knobs have some cracks. Good playing and sounding bass guitar. All the ... more
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1985 Gibson Explorer Bass Guitar Ebony

1985 Gibson Explorer Bass Guitar Ebony

Lawrenceville, Georgia, 300**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1985 Gibson Explorer Bass bass in good condition. The bass is fairly lightweight for a 80s Explorer bass, very comfortable to play.
I am the second owner of this bass which has been kept in my home (smoke-free environment). Serial # 82555563 made in Nashville, TN
Note: Prev. owner did the skull stickers which appear to simply be glued over the dot inlays.
1 ) Missing (1) volume knob
2 ) A few nicks and significant paint chipping / checking.
Techn. details:
Alder body, ... more
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Gibson EB-0 Bass - 1971

Gibson EB-0 Bass - 1971

Long Lake, Minnesota, 553**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The classic Gibson bass. Great playability with the short scale. 21 fret scale. Second owner since 1982. Has been used occasionally at home or small events. Only slight wear on one side of neck. Finish is in great condition.... more
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PROJECT 1970-1972 Gibson EB-3L (539)

PROJECT 1970-1972 Gibson EB-3L (539)

Pikeville, Kentucky, 415**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This bass is being sold as a PROJECT and is in need of some attention. First off, the neck has a fairly drastic twist; the bass side of the neck turns upwards away from the treble side. The truss rod nut is also maxed out, but the neck still has quite a bit of relief. The frets are very low and flat and a refret will be greatly beneficial. This bass has also been refinished. It's not a professional refinish and it's hard to say exactly what type of finish was used, but it seems to be an older ... more
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1960s GIBSON EB 2  /  EB3 BASS TUNER works with Guild Rick etc.

1960's GIBSON EB 2 / EB3 BASS TUNER works with Guild Rick etc.

Salina, Kansas, 674**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1960's Gibson tuner.... more
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1968 Gibson EB-0 Bass Rare Slotted Head w / Original Case (EXC ) Stunning!!

1968 Gibson EB-0 Bass Rare Slotted Head w / Original Case (EXC ) Stunning!!

Racine, Wisconsin, 534**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1968 Gibson EB-0 Bass w / Original Case (EXC ) Stunning!!. Slotted headstock with original Gibson tuners!! Perfect for the collector!! This bass is in exceptional condition and so is the original case!! You will not find one in better condition!! Simply amazing!! Has new strings and comes with a beautiful vintage ??Made in Mexico?? leather strap!! Everything 100% original!! Thanks for looking!!
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1962 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass Cherry 100% Original w /  Mudbucker

1962 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass Cherry 100% Original w / Mudbucker

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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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Vintage 1969 Gibson EB-0 Slotted Bass Guitar Unique 1 of A Kind Read Description

Vintage 1969 Gibson EB-0 Slotted Bass Guitar Unique 1 of A Kind Read Description

Elmwood Park, New Jersey, 074**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is an Uncommon Unique Vintage 1969 EB-0, Very Good Overall Condition As Shown, Please see photos for details, I have been familiar with this bass since my childhood, To the best of my memory it originally belonged to a neighbor who purchased it at Manny's Music New York City in 1970 - not long after the purchase he wanted to move the pickup - not uncommon to those days - many players would customize their instruments - he had the pickup professionally moved at Manny's - the pickup is... more
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1968 / 69 Gibson EB-O Bass guitar with original hard case

1968 / 69 Gibson EB-O Bass guitar with original hard case

East Greenville, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1968 / 69 Gibson EB-O Bass guitar with original hard case. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage. has a slotted headstock... more
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1970 Gibson EB-0 Slotted Headstock Vintage Short Scale SG Bass, 100% Original

1970 Gibson EB-0 Slotted Headstock Vintage Short Scale SG Bass, 100% Original

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a circa 1970 Gibson EB-0 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original chipboard case and owner??s manual. Weighing 7lbs 9oz with solid mahogany construction and an SG-style body, this bass delivers pure, fat low-end thump courtesy of the original ??Mudbucker?? pickup. The rich growl of the EB-0 sits perfectly in a mix, deftly below the midrange frequencies of guitar and keys. This EB-0 has been professionally setup here at Mike ... more
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1965 Gibson EB-0 Short Scale Bass Guitar w /  Original Case

1965 Gibson EB-0 Short Scale Bass Guitar w / Original Case

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1965 (I think) Gibson EB-0 Bass. It has all the mojo and patina that you could ever want. The finish checking is simply gorgeous. The guitar is 100% original in every way that I can tell. the pickup is strong and sounds as it should. It weighs 7 4 lbs
The bad news: Something is wrong with the truss rod. The neck has a ton of relief, and the nut on the rod is screwed down further than it should be. Perhaps the anchor at the body end has slipped loose? or the washer at the nut end is... more
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Vintage Gibson EB-0 Cherry 1960

Vintage Gibson EB-0 Cherry 1960

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson EB-0 Cherry 1960
100% original & just recently acquired from the original owner, this killer EB-0 is a dynamite player offering a warm, rich tone. Professionally inspected & set up by the experts here at Cream City Music, so it's ready to play straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather checking & some mild finish wear. There ... more
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1969 Gibson EB-0 one owner bass with original custom hard sided case.

1969 Gibson EB-0 one owner bass with original custom hard sided case.

Patchogue, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1969 Gibson EB-0 one owner bass with original custom hard sided case. See pic of original owner with the bass in the early ?70s ! Both the bass and case show wear from decades of use. There are scuffs, scratches, dings, and dents as you would expect. There is a split in the headstock that extends for approximately 7 inches, see photo. Electronics appear to be untouched all original. As shown in pic, date code on pot reads 6833, so bass was built in late 1968 or possibly early 1969. Serial number... more
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1972 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass with Gigbag - Walnut - Vintage - EB0 EB 0

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

Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1972 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass with Gigbag - Walnut - Vintage
This is a vintage Gibson EB-0 bass in very good condition and full working order. The Gibson EB-0 was introduced in 1959 and started to gain popularity throughout the 60s and 70s. This model dates back to 1972, the first year Gibson offered the Walnut finish for the EB-0. Upon a close inspection, the back of the neck and body are 2 slightly different finishes. The original finish may have been a Cherry that faded to brown due to ... more
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Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass Ebony Jazz Bass Hockey Stick Headstock Very Rare

Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass Ebony Jazz Bass Hockey Stick Headstock Very Rare

Flower Mound, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass Ebony Jazz Bass Hockey Stick Headstock Very Rare.
These were made from 1986-93 according to the internet. The serial number sticker has been peeled of, but I believe this is an earlier one
Very nice looking bass
Sealed tuners, new strings, brass saddles, black on black with matching headstock, all original
The body has a few light nicks and scratches, in the clear coat. None major
No apparent fret wear or groves
The bass has just had a ... more
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1959 Hofner Committee

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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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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)

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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