I'm a little on the fence about getting rid of this, but I feel like it's too cool of a bass to just hang on my wall. She's nowhere near "collector grade," but is a great opportunity for someone who wants a real deal vintage bass without having to spend thousands of dollars. I'll do my best to describe everything about her in full detail, but don't hesitate to ask questions if I happen to leave something out.
I bought this bass as a body/neck husk some time ago with the intention of slowly adding legit vintage Gibson parts to get the old girl playing again. When I bought it, the frets had already been replaced (though the frets ends, fret leveling, crowning, polishing, etc. had not been finished), neck possibly reset (see heel picture), and had both pickup routes enlargened. The finish is original and shows quite a few nicks, dings, bumps, etc., and some really great finish checking. I did a pretty good (non-professionsl) job of finishing the refret and added the following parts to help complete the rebuild:
-vintage original Gibson "Mudbucker" neck pickup/cover; one coil original, one coil rewound by Curtis Novak, cover slightly modified to fit over pickguard, reads 26.6K
-vintage original Gibson bridge humbucker/pickup ring; all original, reads 7.89K
-vintage original Gibson bridge/studs; came with the body/neck husk, believed to be original to the bass
-vintage Gibson string mute; complete other than missing felt/foam
-vintage original Mallory USA switch/Varitone indicator plate
-vintage original Dakaware bakelite chicken head switch knob
-vintage original Gibson EB-0 B/W/B pickguard; slightly modified to shape/size of EB-3 pickguard
-vintage original Gibson wooden finger rest
-vintage original Gibson tone choke
-vintage original brass control cavity shield
-vintage original string nut; with bass husk when I bought it
-newer chrome tuning machines; with bass husk when I bought it
-new Gibson knobs & knob pointers
-new CTS pots, Switchcraft jack, caps, switch, cloth wire, etc.
-homemade black plastic cover to hide the oversized bridge pickup route (neck pickup route is still partially exposed)
-new GHS short scale flatwound strings
Overall, this was a very non-urgent project for me, and little by little I just lost interest in seeing it to completion. As of right now, the 4-way switch is not wired up correctly and will need to be addressed to have all the intended EB-3 sound variations. There also is a tiny crack on the headstock coming from one of the E string tuner mounting screws. I took the screw out as a precaution and have had no issues with the crack. The bass also is missing the control cavity cover & truss rod cover (I just never got around to purchasing them). Lastly, if I were to keep this bass, I would have a professional go over the fret finishing job I did to make it professional quality.
I'm asking $700.00/shipped OBO
in the lower 48 states.