Jack Bruce Bass Gear

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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.

Epiphone Eb 1 Bass

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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!

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

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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.

In addition, a defaulting purchaser will be deemed to have granted and assigned to us and our affiliated companies, a continuing security interest of first priority in any property or money of our owing to such purchaser in our possession or in the possession of any of our affiliated companies, and we may retain and apply such property or money as collateral security for the obligations due to us or to any affiliated company of ours. Payment of Eb1-1 Salewill not be deemed to have been made in full until we have collected good funds. In the event the purchaser fails to pay any or all of the total purchase price for any lot and Julien’s elects to pay the Consignor any portion of the sale proceeds, the purchaser acknowledges that Julien’s shall have all of the rights of the Consignor to pursue the purchaser for any amounts paid to the Consignor, whether at law, in equity, or under these Conditions of Sale.

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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We reserve the right to accept or decline any bid. Bids must be for an entire lot and each lot constitutes a separate sale. All bids are per lot unless otherwise announced at a live sale by the auctioneer. Live auction lots will be sold in their numbered sequence unless the Auctioneer directs otherwise. It is unlawful and illegal for Bidders to collude, pool, or agree with another Bidder to pay less than the fair value for lot(s). Bidders participating in both live and online auctions acknowledge that the law provides for substantial penalties in the form of treble damages and attorneys’ fees and costs of Eb Bass for those who violate these provisions. For live auctions the auctioneer will have final discretion in the event that any dispute should arise between bidders.

The auctioneer will determine the successful bidder, cancel the sale, or re-offer and resell the lot or lots in dispute. Julien’s will have final discretion to resolve any disputes arising after the sale and in online auctions. If any dispute arises our sale record is conclusive. Julien’s will execute order or absentee bids, and accept telephone bids as a courtesy to clients who are unable to attend the live auctions. Therefore we take no responsibility for any errors or omissions in connection with this service.

Subject to fulfillment of all of the conditions set forth herein, on the fall of the auctioneer’s hammer, title to the offered lot will pass to the highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer, and such bidder thereupon (a) assumes full risk and responsibility (including without limitation, liability for or damage to frames or glass covering prints, paintings, photos, or other works), and (b) will immediately pay the full purchase price or such part as we may require. In addition to other remedies available to us by law, we reserve the right to impose from the date of sale a late charge of 1 ½% per month of the total purchase price if payment is not made in accordance with the conditions set forth herein. All property must be removed from either our premises by the purchaser at his expense not later than 10 business days following its sale and if it is not so removed, (i) a handling charge of 1% of the total purchase price per month from the tenth day after the sale until its removal will be payable to us by the purchaser, with a minimum of 5% of the total purchase price for any property not so removed within 60 days after the sale, and (ii) we may send the purchased property to a public warehouse for the account, at the risk and expense of the purchaser.

If any applicable conditions of gibson eb1 bass herein are not complied with the purchaser will be in default and in addition to any and all other remedies available to us and the Consignor by law, including, without limitation, the right to hold the purchaser liable for the total purchase price, including all fees, charges and expenses more fully set forth herein, we, at our option, may (a) cancel the sale of that, or any other lots sold to the defaulting purchaser at the same or any other auction, retaining as liquidated damages all payments made by the purchaser, or (b) resell the purchased property, whether at public auction or by private sale, or (c) effect any combination thereof. In any case, the purchaser will be liable for any deficiency, any and all costs, handling charges, late charges, expenses of both sales, our commissions on both sales at our regular rates, legal fees and expenses, collection fees and incidental damages.

Epiphone Eb1

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I guess I could complain about the stark white color of the plush lining that Gibson is now using inside their hardshell cases – as I’ve mentioned in earlier reviews, I suspect it will tend to get dirty over time and may not look as nice after a few years as it does now… but again, that’s a minor quibble. The Canadian-built case is rugged and well-constructed, fits  of felix pappalardi bass sound the EB Bass like the proverbial glove Epiphone Eb1, and at this price, it’s nice to see a solid case included with the bass instead of a gig bag. Sonically, this is a really versatile bass. Rolling off the tone control and using the neck pickup results in a darker tone that is similar to what you’d hear on an old Motown record, while opening it up reveals much brighter and more articulate timbres that can really cut through; especially when using the bridge pickup. While the EB Bass can get big, beefy tones, it’s by no means limited to them. Both pickups have a lot more output than you might expect from passive pickups – even when coil-split for single coil sounds. Various combinations of the two pickups can easily be blended with the separate volume controls, and the coil tapping works wonderfully, giving you even more tonal options.

The Epiphone Eb1 is well-built, extremely comfortable to play, balances well (it doesn’t fight you when worn on a strap), and I think the new shape looks cool in a retro/modern sort of way. It’s definitely something a bit different than the earlier EB series basses from Gibson, and yet not too far out in left-field either. If players can get past some of the myths and misconceptions and give the EB Bass a fair try, I think a lot of them are going to be quite impressed with it – I know I was.

In 1970 I heard a hard rock band called ‘Mountain’ which just blew me away. The band consisted of an incredible lead guitarist by the name of Leslie West. Corky Laing commanded the drums like no other. Steve Knight on keyboards added subdued textures to the loud, “in your face” mix. Finally my hero, the late Felix Pappalardi. Felix had a degree in music from the University of Michigan but unable to find a suitable employment conducting an orchestra, garnered fame as producer for the supergroup trio ‘Cream’. In 1969 Felix met Leslie and formed ‘Mountain’.
Felix’s bassmanship and finesse on the Epiphone Eb1 was unlike anything I had heard before. His tone was unique and sounded like a buzz saw which complemented the bombastic sounds emanating from Leslie’s Les Paul Jr guitar. Felix developed his sound by playing a rather unpopular Gibson bass called the EB-1 (simply, the Electric Bass One). Rumour has it that Felix had this violin shaped short scale (32″) bass modified by Gibson with some sort of electronic circuitry (or perhaps just different capacitors) which when driven by his Sunn amplifiers, gave it that unique buzz saw sound. The violin shaped Gibson EB-1 should not be confused with the violin shaped Hofner Bass played by Paul McCartney in “The Beatles”. The Epiphone Eb1 can also be seen in action being played by the phenomenal Jack Bruce in the 2005 ‘Cream’ reunion DVD at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Looking far and wide I was able to locate an EB-1 in London England which a friend of mine was willing to pick up for me but I also found one in Lansing Michigan. I just had to have it so I scraped together my savings, my salary, yet being childless, I couldn’t offer my first borne – I made the purchase.I am the proud owner of a 1957 Gibson Epiphone Eb1 in pristine condition with all original parts.

Gibson Eb Bass Review

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The Gibson Eb Bass Review has deep roots in rock’n’roll, with its SG-derived body and chunky pickups rumbling out the low end for countless rockers from the ’60s to today. Now Gibson USA blends its knack for innovation with Gibson tradition in an ingenious reinvention of the format to bring you the new EB Bass, one of the most powerful and versatile four strings available today. The new EB Bass marries a brand new and extremely comfortable body shape to a glued-in, full-scale neck and two awesome sounding new humbucking bass pickups for unprecedented power and fidelity. Whether you play in-the-pocket funk, warm and sultry jazz, or raging rock, the Gibson Eb Bass Review is primed to take it on. It looks great in the process, too, in your choice of four gorgeous grain-textured nitrocellulose lacquer finishes, in Natural Satin, Satin Ebony, Satin Cream, and Satin Fireburst, each offset by a stylishly swept-back red tortoise pickguard.

Gibson Eb Bass Review from jack bruce basses USA lies in a solid ash body and glued-in maple neck. Ash has long been respected for its open, resonant tone, and lends itself perfectly to a rich, versatile-voiced bass. A glued-in solid Grade-A maple neck adds punch and clarity to the brew, and feels superbly playable with its rounded profile that measures .800″ at the 1st fret and .900″ at the 12th. Its unbound genuine rosewood fingerboard follows the full 34″ scale length, and carries 20 medium jumbo frets, all easily reached by the playing hand thanks to the Gibson Eb Bass Review’s new offset double-cutaway styling. Up at the other end, a traditional Gibson headstock and high-quality Grover™ tuners stick with tradition, while a precision PLEK cut Corian™ nut optimizes sustain and intonation.

The pickups of Gibson Eb Bass Review also feature a coil tap – by pulling the volume control for the associated pickup away from the body, you kick it into single-coil mode. Gibson refers to this as a “frequency compensated coil tap”, and it really does sound great – there’s not a huge volume drop when you go to single coil mode, which is very nice. The timbres are definitely brighter and more focused in single coil mode. All Gibson basses are muddy? Not this one, so let’s put that myth to rest too. Noise is very low when running either pickup alone in single coil mode, and when running them together, they’re hum canceling, even when coil tapped.

Epiphone Eb-1

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The neck isn’t tiny, but it’s not a gigantic monster either. I suspect players with a wide variety of hand shapes and sizes will like it. Epiphone Eb-1 has a rounded profile, and it’s nice and thin from the fingerboard to the back of the neck (I measured .812″ at the first fret, .905″ at the 12th fret) and not too narrow or wide – the neck on the review unit is 1.650″ wide at the nut, and it widens out a bit as you move up the fretboard, measuring 2.185″ wide at the 12th fret according to my digital calipers. The satin nitro finish on the mildly-figured maple feels really good, and you can fly around this neck quite easily. Best of all, there were no noticeable dead spots to be found anywhere.

The neck of Epiphone Eb-1 violin bassfeatures a volute on the back where it meets the headstock. Volutes have been used on some Gibson models in the past (particularly from 1969 to 1981), and generally their purpose is to strengthen the headstock / neck joint to make it less likely to break. The headstock is angled back a few degrees, but it appears that there is no second piece of wood glued on to form the headstock; rather, it’s a continuation of the same single piece of maple that forms the rest of the neck. The face of the traditional Gibson “open book” shaped headstock is satin black, and adorned with a simple Gibson bell shaped truss rod cover and a gold Gibson logo.

The nut of Epiphone Eb-1 is Corian, and once again I must point out the excellent Plek assisted setup job on this instrument – it plays fantastic right out of the case, with great intonation, excellent buzz-free action, and no need for adjustments of any kind. Gibson’s set-up work on all of the instruments I’ve tried lately has been simply superb.The new EB Bass comes equipped with two humbucking pickups. There are two volume controls (one for each pickup) and a master tone control. No pickup switching is available; instead, the pickups can be used individually, or combined in various ratios by adjusting their individual volume controls.

The pickups in the Epiphone Eb-1 Bass, which were designed by Gibson luthier Jim DeCola, are really beefy humbuckers. They feature Alnico V rod magnets and have a thick, rich tone with great fundamental and lots of bottom; but there’s also great definition and brassiness to the mids and highs, and the rich bottom isn’t there at the expense of the rest of the sonic spectrum.

 

Gibson Eb Guitar Sale

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The more I got into writing this review, the more it’s felt of Gibson Eb like I was writing an episode of Mythbusters. When I write a review, I like to have a look around various forums to see what comments people are making, and to make sure that I have not overlooked any questions that people are asking about the instrument. In this case, I noticed that there are a few misconceptions about Gibson basses, as well as a few comments and opinions being shared about this bass by people who have obviously never had the opportunity to try one. Some of the comments about Gibson basses that I saw included statements that Gibson’s a guitar company and basses really aren’t a priority for them (considering the wide variety of bass models they’ve offered over the years, I think we can dismiss that myth immediately), as well as comments about their basses all sounding muddy, or complaints about them being neck-heavy, or not very versatile from a sonic standpoint. Are these comments based on facts that apply to the EB Bass, or just examples of the uninformed and baseless opinions you sometimes read online? We’ll be considering all of those things, and much more, as the review progresses.

gibson eb-1 violin bass’s first bass, the Gibson Eb Guitar Sale jack bruce sg bass, was a violin-shaped instrument that was first introduced back in 1953. Later EB series basses like the EB-0 (1959) and EB-3 (1961) both featured more SG-inspired body shapes after the SG-Les Paul’s introduction in 1961. Although the EB-3L was available for players who wanted a 34″ scale length, both models more commonly came with short scale (30.5″) necks. While some of these earlier basses did indeed sound rather dark, their original goal was to replicate an upright bass tone, which is darker too. As time went on, Gibson’s basses also changed, and many models that were introduced in the 70s or later are far from dark or muddy-sounding, so there’s another myth busted.

Gibson claims the new EB (which stands for “Electric Bass”) has an “SG-derived body”, and while there may be some hints of the SG shape in the elongated horns of the EB body’s asymmetrical double-cutaway, it’s still quite a departure from the SG itself, or the earlier EB series basses (such as the EB-0 and EB-3) that were more obviously SG-inspired. To me, the body contours and cutaway shape is almost more of a cross between a traditional EB-3 and a mid-70s era Gibson Ripper or Grabber. The horns are less pointy than the SG-shaped EB-3, but not as thin and elongated as the Grabber, and there are subtle hints of Mosrite also thrown into the mix in the way the back of the body is curved. I think it looks pretty cool, and while opinions about the looks of the bass are going to come down (as always) to the tastes of the individual, the questions remain – how does it perform, and is there any truth to the rest of the myths? Let’s find out…

Gibson Eb1 Guitar

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The frets of new gibson eb bass and fingerboard are original, as are the pickup and electronics (except for a newer jack and jackplate). The knobs, pickguard, special endpin, and bridge and posts are original as well; it appears the original bridge has been buffed somewhat to restore some shine. An extra strap button has been added to the heel. The tuners are the correct Kluson banjo pegs but are newer, still in production for use on Firebirds-they are fitted with the correct style plastic keystone buttons. The Gibson Eb1 Guitar bass is a very fine player, and although it must have suffered some sort of disaster long ago has been expertly resurrected and is now a fine and very early example of Gibson’s first Electric Bass at a less than premium price. Includes a battered but still fully functional brown OHSC. Very Good + Condition.

But.. there’s been some really great music made with gibson bass eb‘s and EB-0’s. A good friend of mine owned Chas Chandler’s original Epiphone Rivoli bass and it had that exact tone that he got on those early Animals records. Sadly, the bass went up in smoke when his house burned down 2 years ago in a big brush fire out here in L.A. He lost 70+ instruments (including a 1960 L.P. Std.) he saved 33 instruments before the fire totally engulfed his home. The smoke was so dark and black you couldn’t see shit. He and his wife lost nearly everything they owned.
Anyway, check the wiring on the bass and if it has the .01 cap in with the pickup, you can disconnect it for a clearer sound.

The gibson ebo bass guitar is very different from other basses and even from other Gibson basses. The EB-0 would be considered it’s closet sibling. The EB-1 is my bass of choice. It just feels right. The sound is so very full all over the neck. It is a very consistent support platform for the entire band. Dancers LOVE this bass as do the drummers I work with. I can cover any style, even slap if needed. The tone is unique. The sustain is superb and it is a joy to play. This instrument has it’s own thing, plays like a breeze and always garners the attention of even the most jaded bass players.