going down in scale..

Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by Stupidnick, Oct 9, 2002.

  1. Stupidnick


    Mar 22, 2002
    ...my room...
    Hi Mike
    First of all Id like to say I enjoy all of your music. You are a very big influence to me and my solo project "the foxy grandpas"
    I was wondering what do Stock gibson eb-3s sound like? Ive never played one and i wasn't sure if yours was stock or was modded on some of the recordings ive heard. My problem with long scale is that i can play just fine, but my arms get tired of moving. Im a small dude about 5'6" so i was taking into consideration about short scale basses.
    The question also is Gibson Eb-3s or a fender mustangs? Ive found several late 60s Eb-3s on Ebay for around a 650-700$ range and then the new reiussue mustang is around 400-500.
    Im trying to think which one to buy when i aquire the funds..(i dont have a job.. i just sell foxy grandpa cds.. pawn stuff off and donate blood).
    So i was just wondering how are the electronics on the Eb-3s? Thanks for all the music youve created to influence me on the way I look at music. I think between You and Paul Westerberg and Bob Mould. Yall 3 are my heros!
    Ps..I hope you can come to memphis sometime in the future.
    Thanks for everything
  2. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member


    I think the only recordings released that have my gibson eb-3 on them are "down on the streets" w/we go speedro on the _triskaidekaphobia_ compilation of pedro bands (go here: http://sadcassettes.8m.com/triskai.htm) and the "effigy" ccr cover I did w/the gov't mule guys on _the deep end_ record they put out last fall. I did the opera ("contemplating...") w/the thunderbirds, as w/most of the wrestling record ("ball-hog..."). however, both the eb-3 and the thunderbirds had the same electronics, a bartolini ntct preamp (see http://bartolini.net/information/electronics/electronics_a.htm) w/bass, mid (250 or 500 or 750 hz selectable) and treble controls. I use a pickup balance control to get a blend between the two pickups on the eb-3 and this allows for just one volume control which I like. I've been using like 70% bridge pickup to 30% of the neck one lately.

    I prefer the 60s eb-3 way over the 70s ones. stock, both models are pretty muddy sounding, not too good. that's why I went for the preamp, helped tons. I also switched out the neck pickup for a dimarzio model one (see http://dimarzio.com/model_1.html).

    I just got an orange mustang bass from fender and it's great. the neck is smaller than the eb-3, tiny. not the same sound as my eb-3 though, not as much punch but still it sound good. both basses are pretty good, though the 'stang is great stock and needs no mods, can't same the same for the gibson. the 'stang is a japanese re-issue, don't know if they're easily available over here yet.

    thank you for your kind words. I will play memphis for sure next tour (spring 2003).

    on bass, watt