Help Dating EB-3

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mr.redpants, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. mr.redpants

    mr.redpants Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    This is my brother's instrument that is definitely not FS :crying:
    Cherry on mahogany, set neck, six digit serial number so it is pre-'75, and a solid from what I can gather it is late 60's.
    When, I wonder ?
    If it were in front of me I guess I'd check out the cutaways. ?
    serial number 942900
  2. Bone


    Oct 28, 2006
    This would be easier with a few pics. Does the neck have a volout? Silkscreen or MOP headstock inlay? Front pickup right against the neck or backed away twards th middle of the guitar?
  3. mr.redpants

    mr.redpants Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Wish I had pics.
    I don't know what a volout is.
    I recall that the headstock is an inlay and the pickup placement touches the neck. It's the late 60's differences I can't find.
  4. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
  5. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Does the bridge have individual, adjustable saddle pieces, or is there just a slanted bar?
  6. Fly Guitars

    Fly Guitars Guest

    Dec 29, 2008
    This page may also help you
    EB3 timeline

    Dating factors include the type of bridge, as mentioned, position of handrest/bridgecover, and shape of heel - all these changed in the period '66-'69

    but you can also get good info from the pot codes too.

    The trouble with the serial numbers is theat there are so many exceptions to the generally accepted serial number/date list. Also many numbers were re-used in more than one year.

    I always date late Gibson basses of this period by features, and then hopefully the serial number matches up.
  7. MascisMan

    MascisMan Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I read the title of this thread and had a real sarcastic reply lined up....something like...You should by it flowers and take it to the movies. Oh, and always listen to it even if you have to pretend to be interested.
  8. mr.redpants

    mr.redpants Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    doesn't everyone take their bass to the movies ? ;)
    I thought it would be fun to start a thread "so, how many basses have you had a relationship with that is longer than your significant other?" or maybe "gas v. spouse: which to pick?" or maybe a poll :D

    More RELEVANT information on the eb3 - no volute, MOP inlay and the bridge has individual ht adjustments...

  9. Kindofblue


    Oct 13, 2008
    You should try and take her on a date first before you rush anything. Flowers are always a good call too!
  10. mr.redpants

    mr.redpants Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    so...a date before trying second bass (or base) ??

    too many puns here