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Epiphone EB-0?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thurisarz, Nov 28, 2005.


  1. Thurisarz

    Thurisarz

    Aug 20, 2004
    My eyes has been focusing on this bass for awhile now and i just can't stop thinking about it. I have tried the Epiphone EB-3 with the longer neck and bridge pup so i know how it sounds abit.

    Has anyone any experience/comments on the Epiphone EB-0? I have discussed the bass today with a friend who works at one of the local musicstores. I can upgrade alot of things on it but he advised me to think about it.

    I asked if he knew about any other short scales on the market, they had a Samick and a silvertone(?).

    So, any experience/comments on the Epiphone EB-0 and are there any other good short scales on the market in the same pricerange as the EB-0?
     
  2. wingnutkj

    wingnutkj

    Mar 27, 2003
    Scotland
    I've got one. My experiences:

    - It's a neck-diver.
    - The massive single humbucker at the neck gives it a big, fat tone without much in the way of treble. Depending on your point of view, it's either a classic bass tone or a horrible muddy mess.
    - I had to spend a bit of time and effort setting it up so that it had a decent action without fret-buzz. It's still a bit high for my liking.
    - There was a wierd buzzing from the bridge which I eventually solved by padding the saddles with small bits of paper.

    It's not for everyone, but if you want a short-scale which does big fat thump for cheap, then there's not a lot else out there.

    I've got two other short-scale basses - a Squier Bronco which is fun to play with a pick, and a Tanglewood Scorpio, which does the same job as the EB0, but a bit better. It is a weird mongrel which borrows bits from various other instruments.

    http://www.belfastmusic.com/Design/Assets/Images/Guitars/Tanglewood/tbs1art-mah.jpg

    Warwick headstock, Godin SD body, Gibson EB-3 pickups, Telecaster controls!
     
  3. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I have one and gig with it often. I have never had a neck-dive problem with it, I had an Epi EB-3 that had serious neck-dive tho', but the EB-O being short-scale it doesn't have that problem. Very little treble.
     
  4. Thurisarz

    Thurisarz

    Aug 20, 2004
    Thanks for the quick answers! :)

    How is the quality of the hardware, pickup and electronics? Have you changed anything, if you have for what? Is it the way you want it now? What sort of strings do you have on it?
     
  5. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    The bridge was designed 40 years ago so...but it's fine really. Same with the pickup, it is what it is, it's what makes an EB-style Gibson/Epi bass what it is. I use cheap rounds on it, haven't changed anything except to make it "flashy", it's my encore bass.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    What exactly are those things, Bassman?
     
  7. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    They're blind-spot mirrors you stick onto your side mirrors on your car. I know it looks kinda silly but they look way cool under the stage lights. I was inspired by Dennis Dunaway's EB-O.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. mantelclock

    mantelclock

    Jul 19, 2005
    You might try the SX short scale Jazz bass. You'll have to set it up to your liking, but once done it's a very nice playing bass, and it won't bust the bank. The bronco bass is a piece of crap IMO. I'm not a huge fan of short scale basses (Ashbory excepted) because they just are not capable producing the rich tones of a 34 incher. For a bit more money, there's the Epiphone Allen Woody, which might give a better sound due to its hollow body, but I've never played one - just speculating.
     
  9. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Bull...stuff. You just gotta find the right ones, and set em up properly.
     
  10. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I agree with P Dread, I have several short-scale basses, and while I do have them set-up to recreate the various bass tones of the 60's, they are certainly not incapable of producing a very full, modern tone.
    I think you will find that a majority of people who play short-scales are going for a certain sound/look/vibe and thus have a less-modern tone when they play. That reflects more on the owner than the bass itself IMO.
    Ronn
     
  11. Thurisarz

    Thurisarz

    Aug 20, 2004
    Thanks iamthebassman for the info! :)
     
  12. mantelclock

    mantelclock

    Jul 19, 2005
    Opinions are what make a forum a forum. If we all had all of the facts, there would be nothing to discuss. So, I'll correct my assertion in this way: In my experience, I have not been able to produce the kind of tone that I personnally prefer on a bass with a scale length much shorter than 34".
     
  13. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    There ya go. ;)

    As Bassman said, though, most folks (myself included) playing short scales are probably going for a more vintage tone anyway.