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Epiphone EBO for my Daughter

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Shawn Luckman, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. My 9 year old daughter asked me this week if she could have a bass guitar for Christmas.I was chuffed not only does this give me a reason to spend more time in guitar shops,but who knows maybe she will become a famous bassist and she will hand down her unwanted basses to me ( I Wish ).

    Anyway the bass i think would suit her is the Epiphone EBO,mainly because it's short scale thinner than other basses and it looks better than the Squier Bronco.Your views Gentlemen.
  2. fetfet


    Apr 13, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    The only problem i see is that the headstock and neck of the EB-0 bass are seperate, and if an accident happens, the headstock might fall off.

    I've had one of these basses, and it's a reality.
  3. Thanks for that, i would not have thought of that.
  4. DaveF


    Dec 22, 2007
    New Westminster, BC
    Hi there, I was actually playing both of these instruments in the local guitar shop the other day:

    1) Epiphone EBO - I personally love this bass for old-school blues and classic rock tones. The problems? It's pretty hard to play finger-style quickly on, even for me (intermediate player). Something about the way it's designed means there's no good spot to rest your thumb when plucking the E string. A good setup should make a world of difference, though. Also it's not the greatest for pick play, and forget about playing slap on it.

    BEST FOR: Early Beatles, Cream, Blues

    2). Squier Bronco Bass - Not as much low-end as the Ephiphone, but I found it a lot easier to play. You could potentially get some cool pick tones out of it. It's also $50 cheaper. I tried slapping and it was pretty decent. Cons: Kind of a thin tone, which can be "EQ-ed" out but down the road you'll want to upgrade to maybe a Squier P bass or something.

    BEST FOR: Classic Rock, Alternative Rock, Punk

    A third recommendation would be the small-scale Fender P-Bass. This thing sounds MIGHTY, and plays like a dream. The only drawback is the cost ($450 CAD). It would have a lot of growth potential.

    Gotta go to work! Hope that helps!
  5. namraj


    Feb 7, 2008
    Are they not neck heavey too? the old EB0s were wern't they?
  6. wizay


    Mar 5, 2008
    I think so too, quite long neck
  7. Kyon`


    Aug 17, 2007
    Boston, MA
  8. miss g

    miss g

    Mar 30, 2008
    You could take to her to a shop to try a few basses out, she would probably love that.
  9. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Wrong, unless by quite long you mean short. The Epi EB-O is 30" scale.
    I own one and the only problem I can see for your daughter is, mine at least, is pretty heavy.
  10. RonChase


    Aug 15, 2008
    The thing is at 9 is a full size axe fit ,even though its short scale?They have many fine basses try a 3 qtr size or a Daisy Rock and just go get yourself a real EBO and give it to her when she becomes a better bassist at the ripe old age of oh maybe 12
  11. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    I own one. It's a pretty nice bass, I personally wouldn't want it as my only bass, but it's fun to play a short scale sometimes. It has a very powerful low end. I play mostly fingerstyle but I think it also sounds great with a pick. Not a good bass for slappers, as has been pointed out. I bought a Dimarzio Model One pickup but frankly haven't had the time to swap it out yet. It is a tiny bit neck heavy but a good strap fixes that. A good bass for blues/classic rock. Definitely something a little different from the standard Fender sound. I also think it looks amazing.
  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I Grow Organic Carrots
    get her a short scale SX ...

    The EB0 is a very one dimensional bass ...
  13. Bassenstien


    Jun 13, 2006
  14. biohazed


    Aug 31, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    you could get her one of those daisy rock basses they sell at Sam Ash, they are supposidly set up for girls more.
  15. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    That's what I'd do. My daughter didn't want a bass until she was about 16, so I got her a Fender P. My neice, who's almost 10, plays a guitar I bought her. Like the Daisy Rock, Washburn makes some small kid sized instruments, with pink sparkles.
  16. Thank you for all your thoughts on this thread,i own a 1964 Hofner Violin bass and let my daughter hold it to give me some ideas for what would suit her.And it was definatly short scale,and she has a guitar that works off a computer game and it's SG shape hence the EBO idea.

    At the age of 9 her interest in the bass may or may not last until the new year,and if she does'nt take to the bass then i'll have another bass in my collection. my 4 year old son loves my Rickenbacker 4003 but i think he can wait for a while before he can have one,i had to wait for 11 years.

    I have seen the SX basses but they are not available here in the UK.
  17. therex


    Jun 24, 2007
    why not ibanez mikro?, ibanez cheap basses are good for the price and very versatile
  18. BobWestbrook

    BobWestbrook Mr.

    Mar 13, 2006
    Philly suburb
    I have owned several short scale basses, and IMO the Epiphone EB0 is the worst of the bunch. It's in it's own class for poor tone quality. SX, Hamer, Cort are better choices on the low price end.
  19. scootron

    scootron Supporting Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    Moved to Texas
    Another good short scale option is the Gretsch Electromatic. I got one for my son at 10 and it was a good fit.

    Good construction, good tone, and I enjoy playing it myself. It is definitely not a toy. I've owned the Epi EB-0, and this is a step up, IMO.
  20. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    On the other hand you can every once in a while run it to a fluke one that just rips. There is/was one in the Tacoma GC that gave one of the new gibson sg basses a run for it's money, if I had been in the market for a short scale [this will probably never happen, I have big hands and find almost all short scales uncomfortable] I would have got the Epiphone and got a vintage pickup off of e-bay and been very happy.

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