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Old 05-05-2012, 08:06 PM
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NFLBD: New fretless bass day - Epi EB-1

Well I was looking for a fretless bass to fill in when I don't want to play my upright.

I stumbled on Epiphone's not-so-exact reissue of the Gibson EB-1 bass. These things have the reputation of being a one-trick pony, but I am playing in a bluegrass/newgrass band and I think that this is the trick. I have it strung with tape wound flats. Replaced the bridge with a Hipshot and added some homemade string mutes. Gets a nice dull thud sound - exactly what I was looking for. Visually it fits in with the new group too. Very comfortable to play. This is my first fretless electric and I'm diggin it!





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Old 05-05-2012, 08:08 PM
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Looks pretty fricken' cool if you ask me!!
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:02 PM
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congrats! looks like a fun bass. Always a thrill to see the unlined fb too.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:03 PM
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Where did you find it? I have been looking for one!
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:41 AM
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Where did you find it? I have been looking for one!
It was on consignment in a small shop in town. It had been hanging there for a while and I kept thinking about it. Saw a lot of mixed reviews online but it really works well with the music I am playing now.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:27 AM
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Difficult not to laugh at the picture of an f-hole

Looks cool though, unique sound I'll bet.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:37 AM
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Not big on fretless or violin basses, but that is one sweet looking bass!! Nice!!
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:51 AM
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Difficult not to laugh at the picture of an f-hole

Looks cool though, unique sound I'll bet.
Yea that is kinda corny. It would look just fine without the fake f hole. Luckily the body is such a dark color that you can hardly notice it.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:01 AM
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A friend of mine had one of these until he let a friend borrow it and that guy ended up snapping the neck right off of it somehow...

Very unique bass, and it definitely had a tone of it's own. As you said, it is kind of a one-trick-pony, but it sounds like it should work well for you. The one thing I disliked about the bass, which is a completely personal thing, was the short scale. I'm not exactly what you'd call a seasoned fretless player, so playing on a short scale was a little tricky. The smallest error of hand position on the neck made for intonation problems. If you're really familiar with short scales, and you're ear is really good, this won't be a problem for you.

Have fun with it. I imagine with the tape-wounds and mutes, this thing can thump with the best of the thumpers.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:44 AM
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I also added a "Will-Power" pickup from DiMarzio
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:54 AM
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That looks very cool! I bet it sounds great. Congrats!
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I've never seen one of these before. When were these made? I think I'd love one.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:10 AM
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sell it to me
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:38 AM
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On top of the "hipshot bridge" , the DiMarzio Will-Power pickup, I use either Thomastic Infeld EB344 Power bass Rounwound or Pyramid-Gold (flats).... they both sound great it only depends what you play... it also takes a little getting used to with the fingers til you get an equal srength of sound from the four strings
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:55 AM
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aren't thes 32" scale
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:08 PM
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aren't thes 32" scale
Yes they are! Very comfortable to play specially in our "older days" when I became to lazy to lift my Pre-EB MusicMan Sting Ray...these basses are light and eazy and being so they are great for us around the 60es
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:14 PM
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this was my first 'new' fretless bass in 1970 or so

no painted ff hole though

cool, light bass - first day I had it someone knocked it over at a jam
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:28 PM
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Yep, pretty neat bass!
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Do you use the telescoping tailpiece and play it like an upright?
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