EB-0 vs P-bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Salamenster, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. I'm currently owning an Epiphone EB-0 strung with chromes, and I really like the sound, but I think it has no defenition. It's great to go heavy on it, to do stuff like Cream, but if you're going on the Pino Palladino tour, it just doesn't do it, it needs more mids and definition.

    My jazz on the other hand does have great definition, but it lacks low end in my opinion.

    Would buying a (MIM) Fender P-bass strung with flatwounds (TI's?) have some good definition as well as punchy low end?

    Then my setup will be a jazz with rounds for thight funky slap and Fleastuff, a P with flats for the modern rocksound (low but defined), and an EB-0 for really deep undefined rumbliness. The Holy Trinity of basses?
  2. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    This is why about 1000 years ago people tried humbuckers on Fenders.

    Few will admit it but this is why there are luthiers supplying basses that actually give both clarity and definition with deep low end.

    Now one person's fat mids are enough low end for them and I get that but though I record with Fenders and played mid to late '60s EB-1, EBO, & EB2D( with a jazz and p pickup ) I had to move on to other basses that did it all. I can always reduce the low end but if it's not there?......
  3. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    P bass with TI flats is my "desert island" bass. Go for it!!!

    I own an Epiphone EB-0 too, I've tried new pickups, new strings, new electronics, and my final verdict: not the bass for me. My guitarist agrees and verbally abuses me when I walk into rehearsal with the Epiphone gig bag over my shoulder.

    Get the P Bass!!!
  4. Get the P!
  5. drewfunk


    May 10, 2010
    Olympia, Wa
    Make the Precision Decision.
  6. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    Thre is a easy way to solve this...

  7. So that's what happens if you leave a P and an EB-0 in a room without supervision. :p

    No, but seriously, that thing is awesome! But I rather keep'em seperated, if you know what I mean. And I think it'll cost a lot of money too (I'm on quite a budget :p).

    But thanks, man. It's really cool. I hope it sounds great!
  8. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    I was thinking of getting an Epiphone EB-0 myself but I was worried that it would be too boomy and undefined. What about a bridge pickup? That should sharpen up the overall sound, yes? Does Epiphone make a 30.5 scale EB bass with a bridge pickup?
  9. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    Avoid the EB-0 if "boomy" is a negative adjective in your vocabulary. It is also a neckdiver, I don't like the bridge, don't like the action, etc.
    The one with a bridge pickup is 34" scale but I've never tried it.
  10. Nope. They only make 2 EB's. EB-3 with two pickups, 34" scale, VVTT, 3-way selector. Or the EB-0, 1 pickup, 30 (or 30.5?)", VT.
  11. No, not shortscale but they have a longscale EB-3, I tried one but it sucked big time.

    However, the EB-0 boomyness isn't necessarily bad. In some songs and styles, classic rock, psychedelic, reggae, jazz, it could be pretty cool. And you can always cut the bass or roll open the tone (I always keep mine rolled off, because I prefer the EB-0's boomyness over the hollow tone it produces with the tone knob open).

    Anyways, I can really recommend it, it's quite unique imho. And even if you don't like the feel/sound/playability, it will sure make some cool wall decoration (I got mine for about €110,-, so it was quite a bargain).
  12. I've got a thumbrest on mine, really works on the neckdive, and yeah the action is high (or low, I dunno, far from the strings xD).
  13. If you have about $700-$800, you could shop used for the Gibson SG, the gloss one. They're usually around that price, so..