Gibson EB2 reissue

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  1. Bassdude15

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    Does anyone else wish Gibson would reissue the ORIGINAL EB2 with an optional variant in long scale?? I would get a Midtown were it not for 3 VITAL changes from the original:
    1) A mahogany body with a maple top and tone chambers( as opposed to a laminated maple body with a solid mahogany center block.
    2) A smaller body( which decreases that semi-acoustic resonance, and, due to the semi-hollow design, increases neck dive).
    3) A Tbird plus pickup instead of the original Mudbucker.

    Does anyone else feel like picketing outside their local gibson executive office, which in my case is their world headquarters :D, to demand a bona fide EB2 reissue???

    Thanks,
    Bassdude15
  2. TN WOODMAN

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    I'll just be happy with my shortscale ' 65 Rivoli when the urge to buck some mud hits me .
  3. hexybeast

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    The center block in the Midtown does bum me out. I have been looking into the Re-Issues of the Guild Starfires that came out recently. The ones I have heard in a live situation sound really nice. To answer your question YES if Gibson did a Re Issue of the EB-2 or more to my taste the EB-2D I would be very happy.
  4. Mastermold

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    Yes. But the Midtowns are really good. Been playing mine out quite a bit.
  5. Mr.Fingers

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    IF (and I say IF) Gibson decides to ReIssue it, it would, like we know Gibson, probably cost more than a true vintage EB2.
  6. Bongolation

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    The neck dive would be a thing of legends and renown.

    I would like to see an inexpensive EB0 reissue. I'm sort of amazed they haven't done it. It would sell like crazy.
  7. kohntarkosz

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    With the current trend towards retro/psychedelic music, Gibson would actually sell a few of these, especially if they made them with cheaper satin finishes.

    Sadly, "finger on pulse" is something Gibson fail to ever specialise in.
  8. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

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    +1
    I told one of their reps at this year's NAMM show they should reissue a '64 T-bird in chrome instead of the black hardware they keep using. They'd sell as fast as they could make them IMO. He said they've talked about that a few times but that's as far as it's ever got.
  9. iamthebassman

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    Nah, I'm good. My '69 EB-2 and lefty Midtown.
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  10. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    I thought the 335 bass they made a few of last year was pretty close to what you describe. If I had piles of cash with no other purpose, I would probaby buy one. I don't know what year my EB-2 is, but I sure love it.
  11. smcd

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    Gibson has made very few good decisions regarding bass guitars, but not reissuing the EB-2 is one of the few times they have it right.


    The EB-2 was/is a terrible sounding bass. This due entirely to the mudbucker pickup, which IMO is the worst bass guitar pickup ever made by a major manufacturer. "Mudbucker" isn't a Gibson trademark. It's a derisive name bass players came up with to express exactly what's wrong with that pickup. Ever wonder why pretty much no one uses mudbuckers today? Ever wonder why no aftermarket manufacturer offers a true mudbucker? Because they're crap.


    If the OP were to picket Gibson corporate offices for an EB-2 reissue, he'd find very few people to join him. If the picketing crowd were to exclude tire kickers and dreamers and be limited to people with cash in hand, ready to buy - that group couldn't fill a booth in a restaraunt.

    Mr.Fingers is right. An EB-2 reissue would cost more than a vintage EB-2 costs now. If you want an EB-2, buy a vintage example. There's plenty out there.
  12. iamthebassman

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    "The EB-2 was/is a terrible sounding bass."

    Mine sounds fantastic!!
  13. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    You should send yours in for an autopsy because you may have the only one that sounds fantastic.




    Glen Cornick on his EB-2: "Sorry but it was the worst instrument I have ever owned and the only time it was ever used was to record Witch's Promise (as it was the only bass I could get to at the time). I used it occasionally on TV lip synch shows because it looked pretty good".
  14. iamthebassman

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    So, Glen didn't like his. Doesn't affect my opinion of mine, or EB-2s in general. Neither does your opinion. Thanks.
  15. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure you are stating your opinion clearly. Care to be a little more succinct? :p
  16. Milk

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    The EB-2 is in my opinion the prettiest bass ever made. There no other hollowbody that has such a gret looking body. Of course tone wise its not something i could use. Ive considered getting chinese knockoffs and change the pickups, but the truth is a neck pickup is not something i like, even with a good pickup.
  17. Bassdude15

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    smdc: why the **** are you here then??
  18. Bongolation

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    Yeah, I've never heard a kind word for the mudbucker from a competent source not intentionally aiming for bad-sound nostalgia -- but Gibson redesigning the guts in the modern look-alike versions would make them be substantially less craptastic.

    It's just a big, plated cover. You can put whatever guts you want underneath it. [shrug]

    Put a sensible one on an EB0 RI and I'd buy it.
  19. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    The current "mudbucker" isn't like the old mudbuckers. So, you might like the current ones, even though you are another whose opinion about the old ones could be expressed a little more clearly!

    My EB-2 has a Dimarzio pickup at the bridge and the stock mini-humbucker at the bridge. It was like that when I got it. Beats me if I would love it as much if it was stock, but it only sounds like itself. It is warm, woody, and thumpy without being indistinct at all.
  20. Mr.Fingers

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    I had one (64), easily one of the best playing and sounding basses in the collection. But not very ergonomic, and heavy as f*ck!

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