After the Blues breakers, Bruce had his first commercial success as a member of Manfred Mann in 1966, including “Pretty Flamingo” which reached number one in the UK singles chart (one of two number one records of his career – the other being an uncredited bass part on The Scaffold’s “Lily the Pink”) as well as the free-wheeling and ground-breaking jazz-rock of Instrumental Asylum. When interviewed on the edition of the VH1 show Classic Albums which featured Disraeli Gears, Mayall said that Bruce had been lured away by the lucrative commercial success of Manfred Mann, while Mann himself recalled that Bruce attended recording sessions without having rehearsed but played songs straight through without error, commenting that perhaps the chord changes seemed obvious to Bruce.
To the layman, gibson eb 1 bass guitar is famed for its electric 6- and 12-string and acoustics, but aficionados know that the story of Gibson basses is just as fascinating. Gibson made its first bass, the EB (“Electric Bass”, of course) in 1953, just a year after the Les Paul 6-string debuted and for the last 69 years, numerous models have been favored by some of the best basses in rock, soul, jazz and beyond.
1. The Gibson EB debuted in 1953 with a Gibson Eb Bass mahogany body, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and a single humbucker. To emphasize that double bass vibe, the EB even had fake f-holes painted onto its small body and had an extendable end-pin so you could play it horizontally like a standard electric bass or stand it upright like a double bass. Kooky! Hofner’s 500/1 (Paul McCartney’s “Beatle bass”) looks similar, yes? But it actually came later in 1956, though that made some sense as the German company were originally violin makers. Just 105 Gibson EBs were made in 1953.
2. After relatively modest sales, the EB (or EB-1 as it is commonly known) was replaced in the late ‘50s by a Les Paul Junior-shaped solidbody (slightly confusingly called the EB-0 even though it superceded the EB-1) and the 335-shaped semi-solid EB-2. In 1961, the EB-0 changed its shape again to that of the newly-launched twin-cutaway Les Paul SG.
3.The SG-alike EB became famed from the ‘60s onwards. It was briefly offered as the EB-0F (1962-‘65) with built-in fuzztone, but most notably as the dual-‘bucker EB-3 (from 1961). With a launch price of $285, the EB-3 was immensely popular with the British bands of the late 1960s. Jack Bruce (Cream), Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), Andy Fraser (Free), Trevor Bolder (David Bowie) and Chris White (Zombies) all played one, as did Phil Lesh (The Grateful Dead). Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) and Mike Watt (Iggy and the Stooges) are current users.