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opinions of epiphone eb-3

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by unclebass, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. unclebass

    unclebass

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    I see one available on local craigslist. I am looking for something with a little different sound than either of my jazz basses. I know that there are complaints of neck dive, but I play 95% sitting down. I mainly want to know how the neck feels. I really like shallow necks, like Geddy Lee type shallow. I know that the Epiphone has a slightly wider neck, but is the depth shallow like a jazz? Any input is appreciated, I would like to know what to expect before I go and give it a try, so I don't waste this guys time.
  2. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    By depth do you front-to-back (fretboard-to-back of the neck), or are you talking about width of the fretboard?

    Either way, I think the necks on these are pretty comfortable. I have an EB-0, and while it's the short scale version, I seem to recall it being comparable in width/depth to the EB-3. Just, you know, shorter. It's not jazz neck narrow, but it's at least as comfortable as my jazz. Neck dive is a thing for sure, especially on the full scale EB-3. If you're sitting don't worry. A wide, suede leather type strap helps, too.

    You'll definitely get a different sound, just about opposite of what a jazz bass is. These basses are deep and muddy (hence the term "mudbucker" for the pickup), and that's the draw, of course. With the EB-3 you get the benefit of the bridge pup to even things out just a bit.

    Another thing to note is that the stock neck pickup is very low impedance and very low output compared to a lot of other bass pups. There are several aftermarket options for a hotter signal, but I just turn up the volume on one of my preamp pedals when I play my EB-0.
  3. agent77

    agent77 Tin Foil Hat Wearer Supporting Member

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    I like Jazz necks and the neck on my EB-3 is very comfortable. The Korean models are pretty well made.
  4. unclebass

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  5. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    My EB-0 seems about the same as my MIM jazz. FWIW I've been having some grip/fatigue issues lately following a marathon bathroom renovation, and I played a 3-hour gig on the epiphone last weekend no problem.

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