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  1. 01_epi_eb-3.jpgEpiphone EB-3.  Cherry red.  I sold it.  I don't miss it.  I didn't really know what I wanted from a bass at the time, I got it because it was kinda what Jack Bruce played.  Very kinda as it turns out.  Would be interesting to go back and see how it feels now that I know what's going on :)

    On the plus side, it put me down the Gibson side of life rather than the Fender way and gave me a taste for crown inlays, flower pots and 2+2 headstock, so it wasn't all bad. 

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  2. 21 hours ago, stewblack said:

    01 Ever played a gig sitting down?


    02 Ever gigged on a different instrument?


    03 Ever shared a stage with a musical hero of yours?


    04 Any fan ever had a tatoo of your band's logo?


    05 Ever signed an autograph in a dressing room?


    06 Ever cried on stage?


    07 Ever worn a hat on stage?


    08 Ever gigged with a band you hadn't met before the gig?

    Yes, partially

    09 Ever been in a relationship with a fellow band member?


    10 Ever played in different bands on the same day?


    11 Ever had anything thrown at you while playing?

    No, I thought someone threw something at me but it was the drummer splintering another stick and a shard of it hit me

    12 Ever crashed on the way to the gig?

    Gig, no. Rehearsal, yes

    13 Ever left a band over the choice of set list?


    14 Ever slept in the venue despite it not being a hotel?


    15 Ever been supported by a band clearly better than you?


    16 Ever played a gig suffering from some debilitating medical condition?

    Do bruised ribs count? 

    17 Ever been in a band where the guitarist was your favourite bandmate?


    18 Ever played in the grounds of a stately home?


    19 Ever injured yourself on stage?


    20 Ever been told that your bass isn't loud enough?



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  3. Presumably the old holes will be coverered by the replacement pickguard?  If so, I wouldn't use filler, I'd use hardwood dowel of the appropriate diameter for the screw holes, glue them in and trim flush.  I wouldn't trust filler when drilling new holes if the new holes are close to the old ones, drill might wander into the filler.

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  4. 1 hour ago, MacDaddy said:

    how do you play? I play finger style and find that the edge of slab bodies dig in to my arm :( 

    You should be ok if you play with a pick, or have longer arms than me :) 

    I regularly play an Epiphone Jack Casady which has no edge contouring - I have an elasticated wrist band (sweat band) which I pull up my arm to where it makes contact with the edge of the body.  Probably looks goofy as hell but I find that helps with comfort.

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  5. 41 minutes ago, Andyjr1515 said:

    On this count, the bridge is, IMHO, one of the worst-designed bridges around.  BUT - I'm pretty sure that is what they were fitting as standard in the 70's (and still do on Epiphones IIRC).

    Yup, still used today on Epiphone Jack Casady Signature and Allen Woody Rumblekat, also Gibson Thunderbird and SG.  Yup, still pretty awful :)

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  6. The three point bridge was introduced in 1973.  Before that there was a two point bridge (1967-73). 


    Before that there was the simple bar bridge which was referred to earlier in the thread.  All genuine.

    The separate tailpiece is aftermarket, but not an awful thing to have.  Keeps those silks/windings off your saddles :)

    Pretty sure the tugbar isn't factory issue either, I don't think they fitted them beyond the sixties.  In any case, if it was a Gibson one it would have been slightly curved and a bit more dainty than the chunky, straight one fitted here.

    Neck pickup position is correct for a post 1972 EB-0, should be slightly less muddy there instead of jammed up at the end of the neck...

    Best of luck.

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  7. I don't have anything rare at the moment, but here are some rarities I've owned in the past:

    1. Guild B402-A - one of only 335 ever made.


    2. G&L El Toro - don't see these very often


    3. G&L Tribute M-2000 - wait, what?  These aren't rare!  Not normally, but the one I had was rare in a sneaky kind of way - it was part of a batch which was supposed to be the GTB model (white body with black binding, matching headstock) but the factory messed up the first batch and forgot about the binding - they flogged them off cheap.  1 of 24-36 ever made - in this particular esoteric finish combination :)


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  8. If you don't want to/feel confident to fit straplocks then you could always buy a couple of bottles of beer with the flip top (do you still get Grolsch in those big glass bottles?). Consume beer then get the rubber/plastic washers off the tops. Fit strap then push washer on top.

    Not a straplock per se, but it will make the strap more difficult to get off the strap button. 

  9. Stranger and stranger considering Epiphone did an actual EB-1 a while back (even with the stand to play it upright) which seems much more in keeping with things but that got binned a long time ago.

  10. Pretty sure this topic is a straw poll looking for personal opinions about what we personally consider "heavy" and I responded on that basis. Sorry if my post came across as one of those "opinion as fact" pieces. I am indeed fortunate to not be too concerned about weight and I sympathise with anyone who has been forced to make physical compromises on account of back or other health issues. 

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  11. They haven't binned the Thunderbird, it's under the "Inspired by Gibson" section - https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Collection/Original-Bass/Epiphone

    Split it into two branches - "Inspired by Gibson" and "Original" (and one bass under Kramer).

    They do seem to have binned the bolt on Thunderbird and the Classic Pro (can hear bigredx cheering from here ;) ) and are only doing the Vintage Pro.

    I think it's a bit daft - the Jack Casady Signature is hardly an Epiphone original - it's heavily derived from the Gibson Les Paul Signature bass, so technically it should be in the same "Inspired by Gibson" bit as the Thunderbird, no?

    Maybe they're cooking up new stuff (like a more authentic EB-3 like the Elitist models from a while back)...

  12. 12lb seems heavy when you pick it up, but I agree with what has been said before about balance being more important.

    I've owned 2 12lb+ basses (Gibson RD Artist and Gibson Victory Artist - maple behemoths the pair of them) but I had no issue with playing them because they balanced well and I used a nice wide neoprene strap (Neotech).

    I wouldn't reject a bass immediately simply because of its weight - there's more to ergonomics than just weight.

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