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.”

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.

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.

Gibson Eb-1 For Sale

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I had been on the “Want” list at Elderly Instruments for a Gibson EB-1 for a couple years. They called me saying they finally had one. When I saw this beauty, it had a hole carved out near the bridge where the former owner was planning on installing a Jazz pickup. (Thus-$200) I got it dirt cheap, finished the install with an EMG active Jazz pickup and it has been my main bass for 20 years. Felix Pappalardi made me aware of this unique instrument. He created a one of a kind tone that touched my heart. I named the Bass “Felix” in his honor. The bass features a medium/short scale. A detachable telescoping end peg for playing stand up. A thunderous Humbucker near the neck. In the case it weighs a ton, (Solid Mahogany) however the weight is distributed evenly and I’ve played many other basses that are heavier. The balance is perfect…(For Me) This model is a re-issue. I also have the recent Ephiphone EB-1 re-re-issue as a backup. I often get approached by bass players asking me if this is a copy of the Hofner. I explain that the hollow body Hofner is a knock off of the original EB-1, Gibsons first electric bass from the early 50’s.

Gibson EB-1 Model Solid Body ,epiphone eb-1 fretless bass Bass Guitar (1953), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, dark mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case.

Just about the coolest and most distinctive electric bass ever designed…and one of the most eccentric! The “Gibson Electric Bass” (The EB-1 name was not used until 1958, when the semi-hollow EB-2 debuted) was first issued in mid-1953 and is one of the earliest solidbody basses. The “fiddle-shaped” body design is unique and owes nothing but general concept to the slightly earlier (late 1951) Fender Precision-and was likely an inspiration to Hofner in Germany! The violin-body EB’s were produced in fairly small numbers from 1953 through ’58, when they were replaced by the simpler slab-bodied EB-0.

Generally these early EB-1’s are the clearest sounding of the 30″ scale Gibson basses…the large brown-covered pickup is actually a single coil (the huge coil is mounted on its side) and has more mid/high content than the 1958 and later humbucking versions. This particular bass is missing its inked-on serial number but the pots are dated to 1953, making it likely an early example.

Overall length is 44 1/2 in. (113 cm.), 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This old Gibson bass presents very well and is an excellent player; it has had a well handled major restoration. The headstock is a very finely crafted exact replacement, joined to the neck at the first few frets with a scarf joint; this work is extremely high standard and you have to look closely to see the seam. The rest of the finish on the instrument is original, and the new finish on the head is very well executed and seamlessly blended to the original neck finish. The only obviously visible sign of the restoration is that the pearl “Gibson” logo is seated slightly higher on the headstock than it originally would have been. The rest of the instrument is quite well preserved; there is average light finish wear (more on the back than front) and much of the hardware is original as well.

Gibson Eb 1 Shop

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The violin shaped “Gibson Eb 1 Shop “, 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 EBs 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 epiphone eb 1 fretless 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.”Oh, I got a hold of a very nice old Gibson violin bass pictured in the little cutout wheel on the cover of Led Zeppelin III. That was nice, too: it’s not stage-worthy, but it gives a beautiful warm sound. I don’t like Gibson basses generally because they feel all rubbery; I like something you can get your teeth into. But the violin bass was the only Gibson that was as heavy as a Fender to play, but still had that fine Gibson sound.

I used it on Led Zeppelin III and I’ve used it every now and again, usually when I’m tracking a bass after I’ve done keyboard for the main track. The one I have went through Little Richard’s band and then through James Brown’s band, and it arrived in England. In fact, I saw it on an old movie clip of Little Richard, It was probably about a 48 or 50 or something like that: it was the original one.” – John Paul Jones, July 1977

According to a Marc 4, 2012 interview with Dave Lewis, John Paul said, “Yes, I still have that. I didn’t use it live but it is on record. I think it was used for Tangerine.”

A good friend of mine named Rick Reed (a really great bass player) has one. Rick and I have been in a few bands together. He’s got one of the early EB-1’s with the end peg and for a while it was his main bass. He did buy it modded though as someone put a Jazz Bass pickup in it closer to the bridge. I know the neck pickups varied as some were big single coils and later ones were humbucking. I know the neck pickup on my EB-3 is right at 30K d.c. and is a tad muddy (but balanced out by the bridge pickup). One reason they’re so muddy is Gibson used a .01 cap in parallel with the pickup which gives it more mids.

Gibson did some strange stuff wiring basses. The EB-3’s and EB-2D’s have a 220K resistor in series with the neck pickup along with the .01 cap and the “Baritone” switch kicks in a 15Hy inductor coil with a .02 cap. Talk about mud

Gibson Eb Bass

gibson eb bass

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.