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  • No. of Frets:
    20
    Scale Length:
    30.5"
    Construction:
    Bolt-On
    No. of Strings:
    4
    Body Material:
    Mahogany
    Neck Material:
    Mahogany
    Body Finish:
    Cherry
    Nut Width:
    1.50"
    Fingerboard Material:
    Rosewood
    Bridge:
    Epihone Adjustable 3-Point
    Pickups:
    Sidewinder Humbucker in neck position
    Other Hardware:
    Epihone tuners, pickup and bridge all nickel.
    Weight:
    7.9lbs
    EQ / Controls:
    Sidewinder humbucker controlled by master volume and tone.
    Price:
    £159

Recent Reviews

  1. Craig4003
    4/5,
    "Usable but with limited options"
    Tone:
    3/5,
    Build Quality:
    3/5,
    Feel:
    4/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Inexpensive
    Tolerably well made
    Cons - Limited tonal options
    Poor bridge design
    The Epi EB-0 is a Chinese-made reissue of the classic Gibson EB-0 of the 1960s. It is generally true to the original's design, with an SG body shape, 30.5" scale, and a single humbucking pickup positioned close to the neck, plus volume and tone controls. I had one for a little while but ended up trading it in to upgrade to a Gibson SG bass, mostly because the EB-0's single pickup, and its placement close to the neck, makes the instrument's sound rather heavy and dull even with both knobs on 10. Mine also showed some minor signs of sloppy factory work: there were some small areas on the fretboard where black filler had been used to cover up damage to the wood alongside a few of the frets. On the plus side, the tuners worked well and the instrument's tone was a pretty convincing replica of the classic EB-0.

    The Epi EB-0 still uses the traditional Gibson three-point bridge first introduced in 1973. It's not a very good design; the distance from the ball-end to the saddle is quite short, so on strings with ball-end silk, you will usually need to trim the silk, else the silk will rest on the saddle. Also, the bridge is not fully in contact with the body, but is mostly suspended above it. The good news is that the superior HipShot three-point SuperTone bridge corrects all these problems and is compatible with the Epi EB-0; the bad news is that the replacement bridge costs half as much as the bass itself.

    The American-made Gibson SG bass is better built than the Epiphone and has a bridge pickup with its own volume control, and therefore has a wider range of tones available. On the other hand, the Gibson costs five or six times the price of the Epiphone. If you're on a tight budget and you want some of that classic Gibson EB-series tone, the Epiphone will do the job. Considering its very low price, it is excellent value for money as long as you can accept its limitations.
    Price Paid:
    $199
  2. PluffMudQueen
    5/5,
    "Vintage tone!"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros - BIG sound
    Great all around bass. The sidewinder mud-bucker gives you that vintage EB tone, especially running through a tube amp. I dropped p/j pickups in mine and you can get almost ANY tone out of it. Also, the devilish looks guarantee that rock n' roll vibe.
  3. Eddie Charles
    5/5,
    "Great bang for the buck!"
    Tone:
    3/5,
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Love the short scale neck.
    Cons - Single pick up limits tone
    While shopping for a short scale bass I stumbled upon this and it met my needs perfectly. This bass coupled with a compact SS amp makes for a light weight and compact duo to attend blues Jams in a crowded bar.
    Price Paid:
    $199.00
    A. D. Fairhurst likes this.
  4. A. D. Fairhurst
    4/5,
    "Thumpy, pumpy, meaty and beaty!"
    Tone:
    3/5,
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Feel:
    4/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros - Thunderous, powerful tone.
    Looks retro and classic.
    Nice and cheap.
    Simple to use.
    Light
    Thin neck
    Great with flatwounds as a reggae bass.
    Cons - Very bassy, impossible for slap.
    When a hard object taps on the metal pickup it makes a loud click noise.
    This little bass packs a massive punch! Seriously, if you're not careful you can say goodbye to your speakers! It sounds incredible and smooth with flats, and has a great neck to play on. The finish looks just as good as any Gibson and it is great for beginners, or pros.
    On the other hand, you can't get a slap tone out of it. It's just too bassy. Plus, the pickup will get in the way of your plucking fingers. One major problem is that when you play with a pick and accidentally hit the pickup, it makes a noticeable CLICK noise, which doesn't sound great in the middle of a solo.
    Mine was stolen from my school several weeks before this review, so I can't play it right now, but from what I remember, it's loud, floor-shaking and beautiful. Definitely reccomend to reggae players, but not to funky slappers.
    Price Paid:
    £149? It was my 12th birthday present and I wasn't told the price. That was the RRP at the time, anyway.

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  1. rtslinger
    I own one and love the power of this little monster, shakes the stage like thunder beneath your feet :) I have flats on mine it just has that woody round deep tone that separates it from the rest.
  2. rtslinger
    Amazing price, thunder in a small package
      A. D. Fairhurst likes this.