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Completely revamped epi EB3!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bbao, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. bbao


    Oct 14, 2013
    Everybody was talking about how they revamped their EB3s so I thought I'd give it a go. Things came out a lot better than I thought.


    1. Upgraded truss rod cover, Aurora aqua blue strings and Gotoh tuners.

    2. Gold Hipshot supertone EB3 bridge and Seymour Duncan Rickenbacker replacement neck pup in bridge position.

    3. Dimarzio Will Power Neck pup.

    4. Dragon inlay lacquered on pickguard and Gold knobs.

    5. Sanded down the gloss finish with 400 grit sand paper to produce a smooth matte/satin finish.

    In my opinion, money and time well spent.
  2. vdub75


    Feb 15, 2013
    nice bass
  3. wagdog

    wagdog Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Waiting for the bus
    It's a beauty! How do you like the Will Power?
  4. twhitedc

    twhitedc Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2011
    Sound Clips?
    How's it sound compared to the stock set up?
    I'm about to order up a supertone for my eb-3... maybe pickups will be next.....
  5. bbao


    Oct 14, 2013
    The will power pup is more responsive when using the tone knob as compared to the stock pup. With that being said, it's still REALLY boomy and deep due to its pup positioning but in the end, I do still feel that it sounds better than the stock. The stock pup sounded muted as compared to this. This pup could probably be used to solo.

    The bridge pickup is great, it has a lot more bottom end than the stock one and doesn't sound very tinny in comparison to the stock. In my opinion, this pup could be used as to solo aswell.

    They both blend nicely aswell.

    Sound clips will be posted up after next thursday probably.

    The supertone definitely helped with the intonation and string height!
  6. twhitedc

    twhitedc Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2011
    I bet.... I'm in drop B and it's near impossible to get the intonation right with the stock bridge. I'm going to start stringing it with 5 string sets when I swap the bridge to maintain better string tension too.
  7. punisher911


    Jan 20, 2005
    Clawson, MI
    It's purrrrrrty.. I like...
  8. bbao


    Oct 14, 2013
    I hope it all works out!

    By the way, for EB3 owners, does the nut holes (place where string sits) on your basses seem a little wide? Or maybe it's just me... I'm using a light set of aurora strings at the moment and the nut holes seem to have some space still, looks as if it was filed for a heavy set or something... I think that might be the reason behind my bass' slightly-higher-than-before action. It could also just be the neck relief too.
  9. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    That is freaking gorgeous ...

    I love the white SG basses ...
  10. Garyth

    Garyth Now What ..?

    Sep 9, 2013
    Punta Gorda Florida
    did the tuners help with the neck dive issue? Mine is stock and I'm looking to alleviate the issue. I have a wider strap but it's just not up to the job.
  11. bbao


    Oct 14, 2013
    The tuners plus my wide strap really helped the problem. I'm not saying there's no more neck dive anymore but the neck dive is really minor as compared to back then.
  12. It's not so much a wide strap, but one with a lining that grips your shirt. A wide nylon strap will continue to slide. A suede strap is more likely to stay put.
  13. Garyth

    Garyth Now What ..?

    Sep 9, 2013
    Punta Gorda Florida

    and I know about the strap. It doesn't change the drag/pull you feel on the shoulder. Even if it doesn't fall it's trying to. Balance is the way to alleviate it.

    I really like the sound from the bass but I probably should just sell it and get one without the problem - or just play my short-scale
  14. zillo


    Jun 5, 2003
    That is a sweet bass...nice work. I'll bet it roars.
  15. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    wow... that looks great. and i am an epi/gibson hater, and a color-coated string hater, but wow, I'm impressed. i would play that. money and time definitely well spent. beautiful, sir.
  16. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    I love it, especially the SD/Rick pickup. Sounds like good mods, and looks great.
  17. Wiegraf

    Wiegraf Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2013
    New York, NY
    Wow! Nice bass.

    Always loved the SG shape.
  18. twhitedc

    twhitedc Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2011

    Me too, being able to get one with a set neck & log scale for under $200 was too good to pass up!
  19. mav


    Jun 10, 2003
    Beautiful looking bass!
    Did you change the pots?