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1970-73 Gibson EB-3 Worth It?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basskababble, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. http://reverb.com/item/35304-gibson-eb-3-1970-73-cherry

    But I'm wondering if this is a good deal?


    Body: Mahogany

    Neck: Three piece maple neck with a 1 5/8" wide nut and rosewood fretboard with dot inlays

    Pickups/Hardware: Two pickups (rated at 6.6kOhms in the bridge position and 12.6k in the neck position) three-way pickup selector switch, independent volume and tone controls

    Cosmetic Condition: There are some moderate surface scratches and some nice checking lines throughout the body. Most of the hardware has been replaced with repro parts so there are some holes in the body from the original parts. The neck and headstock has some dings but is overall in good shape. This is cool vintage bass.

    Playability: The strings are at a medium height, play fine, and ring clearly all around.

    Modifications: Repro Epiphone neck pickup, varitone switch removed and replaced with 3 way toggle switch, repro bridge, repro bridge pick up ring/missing ring on neck pick up, repro pots

    Weight: 9lbs 10oz

    Case: Gig bag
  2. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Looks like a crack at the input jack that goes through to the back of the body. Something funny going on at the heel of the neck, crack in the neck laminate and that rectangular mark where the neck joins the body make me wonder if someone put a Fender style neck plate on it at one time. The finish is walnut not cherry. I wouldn't buy it without playing it. Neither pickup is original. Given that prices are way down I bet you could find a really nice one for maybe a little more than the asking price. I'd pay $550 tops for it and I'd have to be really hot for it.
  3. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    Big picture;


    It looks like something was held against the finish for a long time. Would it have left the factory with an off-centre strap button like that?
  4. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA

    I wouldn't touch this bass.
  5. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    Seems to be missing the 4 position "Varitone" switch that should be where the toggle switch is (unless that's a 4 poll toggle switch).
  6. rdcowan


    Aug 13, 2009
    Central Texas
    Did EB3's have maple necks? I thought they were all mahogany. This thing smells!
  7. jakelly


    Nov 8, 2009
    Sometime in the early 70's Gibson started using maple for many necks that were formerly mahogany, usually 3-piece. Eventually they went back to mahogany.

    That bass is hammered. I wouldn't give much for it at all, even if it played well. Also, not the greatest era for Gibson. A corporation called Norlin owned Gibson by then and a lot of models changed specs around that time.
  8. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    I agree-this is a 400-500 instrument at best.

    Vintage isnt always better.
  9. I'd pass on this one, man. Feels bad.
  10. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    It looks like the Varitone poker chip, being a little larger than standard.

    However it looks like the bass has had a wholesale transplant from an Epiphone EB3. Basically you would be buying an Epiphone bass hacked into the battered corpse of a less-than-desirable Norlin-era Gibson. :ninja:
  11. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Totally with you on this. Trashed Norlin Gibson? Get outta here! :scowl:
  12. Better off with a new Epiphone EB-3.