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Custom Gibson SG 6'er?!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quizzo, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Quizzo


    Aug 10, 2002
    Upstate SC
    I was talking to a friend who claims that thier father owns a SG 6'er from 20+ years ago. Now they might just be pulling my leg, but I think that they are telling the truth....if any of you feel obligated to disprove this seemingly outlandish claim by all means. Have any of you ever heard of anything like this? I assume that it would have to come out of thier custom shop, and if this bass is real, what kind of price range would we be looking at?

    All the bass.
  2. hieronymous


    Nov 28, 2002
    Northern CA
    It's probably a six-string bass a la the Fender Bass VI - around 30" scale neck, tuned an octave below a regular guitar. I know I've seen a picture somewhere, maybe in "The Bass Book" by Tony Bacon??? Can't remember, never actually seen one...
  3. matt bass

    matt bass

    Apr 28, 2003
    Staffs, England
    Tell your friend his dads 6 string SG is actually a guitar lol. :D

    Only kiddin, my guess is that its the Fender VI, although i've never seen a Gibson version. :confused:
  4. Quizzo


    Aug 10, 2002
    Upstate SC
    Yeah I have been pretty warry of this instrument. I am going to talk to my friend's dad sometime soon and clear all this up. Maybe even get a pic.
  5. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Gibson did make an EB-6 bass in the 1960s, although for some reason they used this model number both for an SG shaped bass and a hollow 335/EB-2 style :confused:

    Both had one humbucking pickup, volume and tone controls. They were meant to be tuned EADGBE like the Fender and Danelectro six strings.

    They are quite rare and worth a considerable amount of $$$$ to collectors.
  6. Quizzo


    Aug 10, 2002
    Upstate SC
    How much do you think that one of these EB 6ers could go for. My friends father bought it when he was 20 so it's feasible that he may have bought one. I will try to get some more information about this mysterious instrument.
  7. Damn, beat me to it!

    I've played the SG style, and seen the semi-hollow one, they did nothing for me- but then again 6 string bass does nothing for me.

    By the way this is very early 60's and LONG before the advent of the Custom Shop.
  8. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
  9. Electricmayhem


    Dec 18, 2003
    Getting slightly off topic here: is the Fender VI "really" a bass?
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    IMHO, yes, it is. The four lowest strings are tuned to the same pitch as the strings on a regular four string bass.


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    i second that embellisher. if its tuned the same as a bass (in the same register) then its a bass, it just has tight spacing and short scale.

    hey quizzo, you wouldnt happen to go the govs school for the arts would you? either way, its cool to see another south carolinian around here :)
  12. Dan Lenard

    Dan Lenard Banned

    Mar 8, 2002
    I have owned 2 of the SG style Gibson EB6 basses in the past.

    One was a single pickup , one was a 2 pickup model with a 4 position switch , a la the EB3 bass.
    I was stujpid to let this mint baby go - come back,
    SN 84318 !!

    I believe a realistic price for a single pickup SG style EB6 is
    between $2K - $3K, depending on condition and demand.
    Maybe $3,500 - $4,000 if 2 pickups and mint, like #84318.

    A 335 style might be $2,500 - $4,000.
  13. There is one in the Rick Nielsen guitars book..... naturally"
  14. Hoover

    Hoover Banned

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    fwiw, guitarist Steve Howe (from Yes) played all the bass tracks on his 1979 solo album (unimaginitively titled The Steve Howe Album) on an SG-styled Gibson EB-6.
  15. If I remember correctly there was an article in Guitar Player magazine several years back on the Gibson EB-6 SG style bass. I think they made 135 of them total. So Yeah they do exist, but you have already seen pictures in earlier posts. That's a cool find.
  16. aquateen


    Apr 14, 2005
    none that I've seen, either on ebay or listed by a dealer in Vintage Guitar, were priced in that range. always closer to what Brian posted.

    Here's one for a mere $12,500!!!

    Here's a hollow body model, only $10,000
  17. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    IIRC George Benson's went for well over 10 grand on Ebay....

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