Jack Bruce Bass Gear


I know some of you are probably wondering why I’m writing about a bass player who is not really known for playing a Fender Bass, although Bruce did play a Fender VI Bass early on in his career.

The main reason I feel I should include an article about Jack Bruce is his enormous impact on how the electric bass was played and perceived in rock music, regardless of whether he was using a Fender or not.

Born in Scotland in 1943, Jack Bruce Bass Gear gained fame and recognition as the lead vocalist and bassist of the 1960’s super group Cream. Growing up in a musical family, Bruce went to the Royal Academy of Music in Glasgow, Scotland where he studied cello. Soon after he switched to double bass and became more interested in jazz than classical studies. Playing upright bass in jazz and dance clubs, Jack saw a blues band that featured an electric ギブソン eb-1 bass player. He was immediately fascinated by this “new” Jack Bruce Bass Gear instrument and soon purchased a cheap electric bass guitar and began experimenting with it.

gibson eb-1 bass was much more interested in playing the electric bass more like a guitar, rather than just playing roots and fifths like most bassists of the day. Hugely influenced by the great Motown bassist James Jamerson, Bruce began to develop a busy, lead bass style using melodic phrasing and complex syncopation. In 1965 Bruce was playing for the Graham Bond Organization on upright but soon decided to switch to his electric bass and push the boundaries.

Gibson has never really enjoyed the same success in Bass guitars as Fender none the less Gibson basses have a loyal following. The EB1 first appeared in 1956. It looked more like a violin than a modern bass and appeared very similar to the classic hofner Jack Bruce Bass Gear bass models popular in the 60’s. The EB2, a semi-solid body bass was introduced in 1958 and featured rounded Les Paul like contours. This was probably due to influence of the ES335 which was introduced at the same timeframe. Gibson’s introduced the EB0 in 1959. The EB3 appeared in 1961 and was a deluxe version of the EB0 with an extra bridge pickup which gave it a much brighter sound.

Felix Pappalardi Bass

Felix Pappalardi Bass

The violin shaped “Electric Bass”, as Gibsons first electric bass guitar was known, was first produced in 1953 as a response to the Fender Precision Bass. Only an average of 91 Felix Pappalardi Bass were produced each year untill 1958 when, with the launch of the hollow-body EB2 the EB was renamed the EB1, a name which has now been attributed to the whole production run of this model.

The violin shaped body was carved out of solid mahogony and fitted with a large, brown, pickup at the base of the neck, with the poles situated along the lower, bridge, end. The head was fitted with banjo-style tuners, as were all basses in the 1950’s, and the end of the body was fitted with a socket to take a screw-in telescopic end-pin which allowed the bass to be played as an upright.

Production ceased at the end of 1958, with a total 546 produced, making this an extremely rare model.

There was a nostalgia-driven resurgence of this model in the late 1960’s, leading Gibson to re-issue the model in 1970-72 when they produced 473 re-issues with a metal covered Humbucker, the then prevalent intonable bridge and conventional right-angle tuners.

The most famous player of an EB1 was Felix Pappalardi Bass, the Producer of the Cream and later the Bassist for Mountain, who played a 1970’s re-issue. Jack Bruce also played an EB1 in memory of Felix, during the Cream reunion at the Albert Hall in 2005.

The EB-1 briefly resurfaced in 1970 with a few cosmetic changes but by 1972 it was gone again! With its violin shape and endpin it was definitely aimed at bridging the gap between an upright bass and a bass guitar. The earliest versions of Felix Pappalardi Bass with a brown pickup cover had a huge single-coil unit inside that was actually mounted on its side. This gave it a cleaner and better-defined sound than the 1958 versions that were given a regular bass humbucker.

Epiphone Eb 1 Bass

epiphone eb 1 bass

The Epiphone Eb 1 Bass, then known as the Electric Bass, was first marketed in 1953 in response to the runaway success of the Fender Precision Bass. Rather than using a body styled after an electric guitar, the EB-1 was shaped to resemble a double bass, and even had false f-holes painted onto the top of the body. Production of the EB-1 ended in 1958, when it was superseded by the EB-2 and the later EB-0. The Electric Bass was renamed as the EB-1 at this time.

The Epiphone Eb 1 Bass was reissued twice; once in 1968, and again in 1999. The 1968 reissue deleted the false f-holes. Other changes included standard right-angled tuning machines, and the addition of a chrome bridge cover. This reissue was discontinued in 1972. The 1999 reissue, by Epiphone (a subsidiary of Gibson), was manufactured in Korea. This version of the EB-1 uses a more cost-effective bolt-on neck construction.

Despite its relative unpopularity among players, the Epiphone Eb 1 Bass is prized among collectors for its historical value. It is not uncommon for original EB-1s to fetch prices of over $4000 US dollars.

The Epiphone Eb 1 Bass featured a solid mahogany body with raised pickguard, and featured a 30.5″ scale set neck rather than the 34″ scale of the Fender Precision Bass or the 41.5″ scale of the 3/4-sized upright bass, which was the scale favored by many upright bassists of the time. The pickup was mounted directly against the base of the neck, rather than the mid-body position used by the Precision Bass, giving the Epiphone Eb 1 Bass a deeper, but less defined tone than its rival. The EB-1 is fitted with planetary banjo tuners, rather than the right-angled tuners used by most other guitar and bass designs.

In order to appeal to upright bass players, the EB-1 featured a telescopic end pin that allowed bassists to play the EB-1 in both the upright and horizontal positions. False f-holes and purfling were painted onto the body in order to resemble the upright bass. The Epiphone Eb 1 Bass was only available finished with a brown stain.

This was the first electric bass from Gibson hence the name. However it was rechristened the Epiphone Eb 1 Bass after the introduction of the EB-0 in 1956. It was Gibson’s tradition of organising model numbers by their price that caused the EB-0 to undercut this designation because it was cheaper!

Gibson Eb 1 Violin Bass

gibson eb 1 violin bass

This Gibson Eb 1 Violin Bass very early violin-shaped “EB-1” bass guitar with painted-on f holes (in black) weighs just 8.40 lbs. and has a nice, fat nut width of just over 1 11/16 inches and a scale length of 30 1/2 inches. Solid (two inch thick) mahogany body with a width of 11 1/2 inches and two black ‘pencil’ lines around the outline on the top and bottom. One-piece mahogany neck with a wonderful medium-to-thick profile and unbound rosewood fretboard with 20 thin frets and inlaid pearl dot position markers. Headstock with inlaid pearl “Gibson” logo. Black plastic truss-rod cover. Two-on-a-side Kluson banjo-style tuners with rear-facing Keystone plastic keys. Serial number (“4 1991”) inked-on in black on the back of the headstock of Gibson Eb 1 Violin Bass. One Alnico magnetic pickup with a brown Royalite cover and a huge output of 16.28k. Brown plastic pickguard. Two controls (one volume, one tone) on lower treble bout. Brown plastic barrel-shape half-inch “Speed” knobs. Side-mounted jack socket. Combination “wrap-over” bar bridge/tailpiece with two adjustment screws. The pots are dated “134 320” (Centralab May 1953). All hardware nickel-plated. There are a couple of very small surface ‘cuts’ on the top treble edge of the body (adjacent to the pickup), otherwise this is a spectacular and totally original example in near mint condition, by far the finest we have ever seen, complete with it’s original telescoping end-pin and the original hang-tag. Housed in the original brown four-latch hardshell case with pink plush lining (9.25).

“In the late 1930s Gibson took another foray into the low end with the Electric Bass Guitar – the name, if not the instrument itself, proving prophetic. An over-size, 4-string hollowbody guitar made of solid maple, it was equipped with an endpin for stand-up playing and had a magnetic pickup similar to the Charlie Christian-model guitar pickup. The curved fingerboard had 24 inlaid fret markers, making it the first “lined fretless.” Scale length was an upright-like 42 3/4″. According to Gibson historian Julius Bellson, only two Electric Gibson Eb 1 Violin Bass Guitars were made between 1938 and 1940, before World War ll shut down product development. It’s interesting to speculate about what might have happened if Gibson had been able to follow this line of thought.

Gibson didn’t re-enter the electric bass market until two years after after the introduction of the Fender Precision Bass. The Gibson Electric Gibson Eb 1 Violin BassBass of 1953, like the Electric Bass Guitar of the late ’30s, was equipped with a telescoping endpin for upright playing – but this time the instrument had a small, violin-shaped solid-mahogany body (with painted-on f hole) and a scale length of only 30 1/2″. The short scale was intended, apparently, to make it more appealing to guitarists, an impression that would seem to be confirmed by the inclusion of frets and a pickguard. The large single pickup had a brown plastic cover and was mounted at the end of the neck. The tuners were banjo-style, with rear-facing knobs on the back of the peghead. The Electric Gibson Eb 1 Violin Bass was renamed the EB-1 in 1958, when Gibson introduced another electric bass, but discontinued within the year. Only 546 were made between 1953 and 1958. Updated with a chrome-covered humbucking pickup and some cosmetic refinements, the EB-1 made a brief comeback in 1970 but was dropped again two years later ” (Jim Roberts, American Basses, p.

Jack Bruce Gibson Bass

Jack Bruce Gibson Bass

Bill Black was an upright bassist who played electric bass later, and amongst my peers, Jaco Pastorius was a bass player from the word go; Steve Swallow, like me, switched from double bass to bass guitar – in fact, he saw me at the Fillmore in ’67, and decided to purchase a bass guitar.

In some of the British rock bands, the guy who wasn’t very good on guitar might have taken up Jack Bruce Gibson Bass (chuckles), but I think the serious bass players or bass guitarists are the ones who are in love with the bass and didn’t start off on another instrument.

But I have played Jack Bruce Gibson Bass guitar [since] my early skiffle days. I played acoustic, and still do. In fact, I play guitar on one track on the new album.I was very much a purist in wanting to play double bass, but then I was asked to do a session for a Jamaican jazz guitarist named Ernest Ranglin. He was very important in the development of Jamaican music like ska and reggae, as well as artists like Bob Marley, but he was also a jazz player. Island Records was doing a jazz EP, and I was doing quite a few sessions at the time. They told me specifically, to bring a “bass guitar.” So I borrowed one; I think Jack Bruce Gibson Bass was an old Guild semi-acoustic I got from a music shop, and I was immediately hooked.

More importantly, I think the invention of the bass guitar changed the whole direction of music. I would argue that it was more important than the guitar, because there have been guitars for a long time, and it was easy to amplify the guitar. But the bass guitar changed the whole sound and writing of music.

If you listen to early Elvis tracks, they’re using a double bass, and it’s a whole different feel – almost a country approach – from what came later. When the Jack Bruce Gibson Bass guitar began to be used more, that whole area – the bass frequencies – became more important, and that led to people like James Jamerson, who played very melodic bass. Sometimes, the bass was as important as the lead vocals, while the guitar was just chinking away rhythmically. There’s a very good book about that subject by a guy named Jim Roberts called How the Fender Bass Changed the World.

With an amplified guitar, the basic instrument is still the same. But the Jack Bruce Gibson Bass guitar had a different scale, and because of its sound, it made people write different kinds of music.


Eb1-1 Sale


The most notable advantage of Eb1-1 Sale for those who qualify for an EB-1 petition is the waiver of a Labor Certification requirement in the green card process. Another advantage is that visa numbers are almost always current for the EB-1 application category. This means that an alien will not have to wait for visa numbers to become available before applying Adjustment of Status (I-485) and receiving a Green Card. Furthermore, the applicant can file other immigration petitions under other appropriate categories (such as National Interest Waiver) while a EB-1 petition is pending.

Obtaining a Labor Certification is a time-consuming and expensive process that seeks to determine whether sufficient able, willing, and qualified U.S. worker are available to fill the position sought by the alien. In addition to the time and expense of the Labor Certification process, an alien risks being denied a Labor Certification if any U.S. workers with the minimum technical qualifications for the employment is found (even if the alien is actually more suitable for the position based on factors not considered in the Labor Certification process).

In an Eb1-1 Sale petition, Labor Certification is not required at all. For aliens with extraordinary ability (EB-1A petition), a permanent job offer is not required, applicants don’t have to demonstrate that they have an employer in the US; they only have to demonstrate that they will keep working in the field in which they have the extraordinary abilities, EB1A applicants may file for immigration petition on behalf of themselves. However, Eb1-1 Sale and EB-1C petitions require permanent job offers. In other words, a U.S. employer must be the petitioner for EB1B or EB1C cases.

1969 Gibson EB-1 Bass Guitar in good condition. Modified with 2nd EB-3 pickup. 2 volumes and a tone. Aftermarket hard shell case. Similar to one used by Robin Trowers bass player. Straight neck. Bridge cover. Early serial number. Original finish. We may, in our sole discretion, apply any proceeds of sale then due or thereafter becoming due to the purchaser from us or any affiliated company, or any payment made by the purchaser to us or any affiliated company, where or not intended to reduce the purchaser’s obligations with respect to the unpaid lot or lots, to the deficiency and any other amounts due to us or any affiliated companies.

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Eb Bass

Eb Bass

Do yo like this Eb Bass and want to own one? It is a good news for you that it is still available in our shop, and you can get in a short time with a reasonable price.

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Bruce Bass

Bruce Bass

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Jack Bruce Bass Guitar

Jack Bruce Bass Guitar

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Gibson Eb 1 Bass

gibson eb 1 bass

You’re welcome but again I caution you that the diagram I put together was by poking around the crammed wires with a pencil and pen light. I tried to trace the circuitry to the best of my ability but as I am not trained in electronics, I offer no guarantees. If the circuit fails to work get back to me and we can troubleshoot it.
As for a sound bite of the Gibson Eb 1 Bass – I currently don’t have coupler which can join my 1/4″ (6.5mm) guitar cord plug to the 1/8″ (3.5mm) computer jack. I’ll see what I can come up with sometime in the near future – record with audacity and convert to MP3 but I don’t think Blogger supports posting audio files.
I wish I could be of more help but if you read my introductory posting you’ll know that an injury has put me into a wheelchair and unfortunately those wheels remain strapped to my ass at this time. Limits what I can do.
Cheers, Yuri

The eb-1 gibson followed on the heels of the first “Les Paul” guitar, issued in 1952. It was marked by a distinctive violin-shaped body made of solid mahogany with printed f-holes and double purfling painted on. The mimicry of an acoustic double bass was carried to the extreme of including an adaptable extension pit that made it possible to stand the instrument on end. To complete the picture, the EB-1 had a one-piece mahogany neck with a 30-1/2″ scale (shorter than the Fender bass of the time), and was fitted with Kluson banjo-type tuning gears with handles extending out from the back of the headstock rather than the sides. The Gibson Eb 1 Bass was originally called simply the “Electric Bass.

There were just 65 Gibson Eb 1 Bass manufactured in 1956. This one has had a slight headstock crack repaired over 20 years ago. It has the original pickguard in the case that someone in the 1960’s painted a design on. A great playing and sounding bass that comes in the original Gibson brown hard shell case.

Serial number 614108 – Gibson Eb 1 Bass Violin bass, with large V shaped crack on top, in hardshell case. Stand up pole for bass is present. Large square covered “trap door” cutout in back. Original pickup has been removed but is present with original brown cover. There is a hand made pickup in the neck with unique tortoise shell pickup guard. Bare wire on front of bass. Together with a handwritten note reading in full, “Serial #614108 / This is one of the 1st Electric Bass Guitars / Gibson made. I was responsible for the violin / shape – and also my son Rusty L.P. Jr. / changed it from Hi to Lo Impedance. / Note – it all came about (the Electric Guitar Bass / from me playing my E string on the guitar as a / Bass using my thumb – this proved it could / replace a stand up Gibson Eb 1 Bass and Leo Fender & / Lots others picked up the idea – / Les.”