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The EB3

The EB3 is the "big brother" of the EB0 and again a true design classic. Few basses are as easily recognized and as often copied as the Gibson EB3.

Launched in 1961, with a launch price of $285, the 1960s EB3 was very popular with the British bands of the late 1960s; Jack Bruce (Cream), Andy Fraser (Free), Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Trevor Bolder (David Bowie), Glen Cornick (Jethro Tull), and Chris White (Zombies) all used the EB3 as did many others in the seventies. Today it still used by bassists such as Jared Followill (Kings of Leon), Mike Watt (Iggy and the Stooges). Almost 15000 basses were shipped before the model was discontinued in 1979, although sales figures for the years 1969-1973 far outstrip the years before or after.

The EB3 bass differed from the EB0 in having two pick-ups-the same Humbucker at the neck plus a smaller pick-up at the bridge and came with a varitone switch for four distinct tones - including an incredibly bassy choked neck-pickup sound, often referred to as 'mud' by EB3 fans and detractors alike.

The EB3 had a solid mahogany body, 30 inch scale, mahogany  one-piece neck with rosewood fingerboard (1961-71). 1971 saw the launch of a longer necked version, the EB3L.

By late 1971, the series was redesigned again, but more drastically this time. Necks became maple, the main pickup was moved from the neck to mid-body and circuits redesigned, largely to obtain a brighter tone. The 1960s EB3 was a small bass, being only 30 inches scale and weighing a mere 3.7 kg compared to 4.6 kg of a 1970s EB3.

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Below, an all-original 1962 EB3, with the black covered pick-up - one of only 273 shipped in this, the second year of this model..
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Below, a 1968 EB3 with narrow spaced controls (introduced from 1966).
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Above and right in its original case, a 1973 EB3L, the longer scale, 34 inch, neck with the heavier mahogony body, maple neck, short scratchplate and mid position main pick-up from the 1972 redesign.

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Above, a 1973 EB3 with original case. As with the EB0, post 1972 EB3s have lost the bevelled edge, resulting in a flat, heavier body.

Click below to link to a You Tube video of a 1964 EB3

Link to a 1964 EB3 on YouTube

SOUND CLIPS: click on the links below to hear an EB3

Front (neck) pickup only
series 1 EB3s varitone pos 4, series 2 varitone pos 1

Both pickups, wired in parallel
varitone position 3

Back (bridge) pickup only
varitone position 2

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Above, a late 1967 EB3 in mint condition - note the bridge cover which, until late '67, was a mid-body hand rest.
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Above, another 1962 EB3, all original (including the mute) but with repro knobs and, as it interfered with some playing styles, & '65 bridge. The hand rest has been removed.

An early 1967 EB3 below
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Below, a late 1969 "Split Head" EB3 as issued late 1969 to 1972.

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Total EB-3 numbers produced: 14655

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

132

273

214

277

339

467

631

565

1716

1940

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

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1681

930

1408

384

95

55

36

14

6

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