EB-0 Guitars

1960 Gibson EB-0

Color: Cherry, Rating: 7.50, Sold (ID# 00045)
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This is one of 342 guitars made in 1960, the first version with the original banjo tuners. It weighs 9.50 lbs. and has a nut width of inches and a scale length of 30 1/2 inches. Solid mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard with 20 frets and inlaid pearl dot position markers. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and pearl crown inlay. Later Gibson banjo-style tuners with metal buttons. Black plastic pickguard. Two controls (one volume, one tone). Black plastic bell-shaped knobs with metal tops. Combination "wrap-over" bridge/tailpiece. The neck has been professionally reset. One black plastic PAF pickup with an output of 30.90k. The pots are dated "134 60 27" (July 1960). There are two small marks on the back of the body where two strengthening screws have been added. Some slight fading to back of neck and some light body checking. Overall, this is an excellent example and a wonderful player of this extremely rare bass. Housed in a later Gibson brown hardshell case with purple plush lining (8.50).

"Soon after the original EB-1 was dropped, Gibson introduced another solidbody model: the EB-0. Its double-cutaway mahogany body had the same shape as that of the recently revised Les Paul Jr. guitar, and the neck was the same one used on the EB-1 and EB-2. The pickup and other features were, unsurprisingly, the same as those found on Gibson's other basses. In 1961, the EB-0's body changed to the pointed-horn 'SG-style' shape -- once again, in lockstep with changes in the company's guitar line. This single-pickup 4-string and its double-pickup brother, the EB-3 (with 4-position 'Varitone' switch), were Gibson's most popular models for the ensuing decade" (Jim Roberts, American Basses, p. 74).

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