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Gratuitous Gibson EB3 shots!

Got this 1960's lovely at the end of Feb and have added a mod bar & Chrome flats.

Saw Mike Watt & the Missingmen at The Lexington and Watt signed the back plate - a truly genuine bloke who called me his bass brother :-)

Serial no. dates it to 1967, pots are Jan. '69. Seller told me the tuners had been replaced, but they are dead right for the rest of the instrument and no extra screw holes, so hmmm...bit of a puzzle.

Love the neck and this thing is light too - something south of 8lbs I reckon. Sound is fantastic and has obviously seen a couple of enthusiastic gigs in it's time - check out the wear.

Enjoy!

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I've just managed to trade my Fender Jag for a Gibson 2014 SG bass and it's amazing! I've never been phased by the SG/EB bass (other than the SGZ) or short scales but this really kicks like a mule: for a fast neck and quite a thumpy tone :D

What's the EB3 like and how does it compare to the modern relatives?

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[quote name='NancyJohnson' timestamp='1398954886' post='2439391']
Cool. How does it sound?
P
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Tried it at band practice last night. Chunky, thick humbucker sound, a bit more aggressive than my other TB+ wearing basses (IV and Les Paul DC). Could hear myself no probs (Ampeg PF500 into an Ashdown 8x10), didn't need too much fettling with the EQ, it wasn't far off flat - rolled back the bass slightly so it wasn't too boomy.

I know you had pot woes on yours - value too low wasn't it? Maybe mine actually are 300K or whatever they're supposed to be. I don't find myself wanting for highs, it gives a nice cheeky pop if you want to get all percussive and there's a reasonable amount of burp from the bridge pickup. Me, I'm mostly a neck pickup guy, but it's nice to have the option.

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Not the best of photos I'm afraid.
1980 Custom, 56RI GT, 2002 LP
[IMG]http://i59.tinypic.com/2r5cnl3.jpg[/IMG]

Melody Maker RI and the GT again
[IMG]http://i61.tinypic.com/1196jgw.jpg[/IMG]

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[quote name='rogerstodge' timestamp='1403722604' post='2485681']
How do you get on with it flopping forward on the strap ? Any tips on avoiding this ?
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Hi, are you asking me about neck dive on the EB 2014? It has a slight neck dive, but it is not noticeable when playing. For Gibsons with "Neck Dives of Death", I like using a strap with a rough leather on the inside of the strap. It adds some friction to hold the Axe in place better, without any slippage on the shoulder. Even my SG Std. when I play it, I don't feel the neck dive.

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Hi mate, I have an sg standard, it's not so much the neck dive , more the flopping forward where the strap pin is positioned at the bass of the neck rather than the top horn, I thought of screwing the pin to the top horn but it's very thin there where it goes to a point...
I wasn't keen on the look of the Ebs but the more I look at yours..

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[quote name='rogerstodge' timestamp='1403760964' post='2485941']
Hi mate, I have an sg standard, it's not so much the neck dive , more the flopping forward where the strap pin is positioned at the bass of the neck rather than the top horn, I thought of screwing the pin to the top horn but it's very thin there where it goes to a point...
I wasn't keen on the look of the Ebs but the more I look at yours..
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That's always been a bit of an issue with SG/EB series basses. I had a 1969 EB0 that if I remember correctly, had less neck dive with the strap pin in the same location as the present day SG Std.'s. I think the body was heavier. The top horn on the EB 2014 being more like a Jazz bass helps. A longer distance decreases the angle. I suggested to one SG Std. bass player I know to use the string intended for an acoustic guitar that came with the strap. It worked fine. There aren't to many places you can relocate the front strap pin on an SG Std.'s body.

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Sorry matey what did he do with the acoustic string?
I got a piece of string/ bootlace with one of my straps, didn't have a clue what it was for ?

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[quote name='rogerstodge' timestamp='1403801782' post='2486631']
Sorry matey what did he do with the acoustic string?
I got a piece of string/ bootlace with one of my straps, didn't have a clue what it was for ?
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It's for an acoustic guitar with no front strap button. It goes under the strings around the head-stock by the nut.

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Thanks Billy for the clarification of the strap string usage. It works for the player I mentioned, using the string on the head stock on his SG Std. I looked at the string and thought, why not, some acoustic guitars weigh about as much, or more than an SG Std. Old school Roadies look at things differently.

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I think I'll have to get used to the "flopping forward" I tried the string and it seems to make the strap slip off my shoulder and also the bass wants to slide backwards if that makes any sense??

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In the early days of the EB0 basses, most players held the bass more like a standup bass, while strapped to the shoulder. So, there was no neck dive. The basses started to be played more like a regular guitar. Enter neck dive.

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My '74 Gibson Grabber & '64 Vox AC50 stack. The Grabber has been my main bass for years. It's very light and even has the original bridge cover on it. I just had it refretted as the frets had nearly disappeared!

Edited by ash

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[quote name='Guitar-restaurant' timestamp='1407082563' post='2517131']
my late 70's gibson RD and ampeg SVT VR head wwith 810AV cab:



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Now that's a proper man's bass and rig...... ;)
Ace

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My latest Gibson. 1976 Gibson Les Paul Triumph in the rare white finish (yellow almost now)

Bought it to play and it plays amazingly. Perhaps would benefit from a refret but that's for another day.

Enjoy

Edited by Bassmonkey

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[quote name='Bassmonkey' timestamp='1408625327' post='2531928']
Perhaps would benefit from a [i]regret[/i] but that's for another day.
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No regrets, surely? ;)

Nice bass, I've been told these sound lovely.

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Ha ha ha - I knew you'd like this. Think it has cured my GAS for a while. Although still fancying a Victory Artist. One will come up at some point. The sound is a bit bizarre. There are loads of combinations available. At home using my Little Bastard rig it sounds really trebly. When on stage though, using my Orange Terror Bass it is bassy enough. It is heavy though and incredibly short. The guy I bought it from was surprised I was gonna play it. I kinda get that and obviously wouldn't want to damage it BUT it isn't an ornament. If you're ever in Leeds - come and have a play.

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[quote name='uncle psychosis' timestamp='1408638235' post='2532128']
'cor, thats a bit special innit Matt? :gas:
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It's quite a beast - really long like my RD Artist. Probably the most aggressive sounding of all the TB+ wearing basses I've encountered. The finish is pretty unusual - you can see the grain of the mahogany, but the clear coat is smooth, it's like a 3D picture.

Have a picture of me playing it at The Moorings in Aberdeen (thanks to Biz for the photo)

Edited by neepheid

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