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Jack Bruce at Royal Albert Hall

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chef, Dec 8, 2005.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    What was that gibson bass Jack was playing at the Cream Tribute? Kinda violin shaped, probably semi-hollowbody...???
    Info and specs please?
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    There was a big feature in the December edition of Bass Player magazine. :)
     
  3. KPJ

    KPJ

    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    That is a Gibson EB-1. Solid body, short scale. Produced in the mid 50's and then again in the late 60's early 70's. It was Gibson's response to the Precision Bass, originally designated "Electric Bass". Once the oddly named EB-0 was introduced, it was refered to as the "EB-1". Felix Pappalardi, Cream's producer, had played an original EB-1 with Mountain.
     
  4. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Haven't got mine yet:(
     
  5. KPJ

    KPJ

    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    For some reason, Jack refers to the bass as being an EB-0 in the Bass Player article. BP repeats this error in the insert associated with the article describing the gear that he used at RAH.
     
  6. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    Yeah, I saw that too. It's wrong. EBO = SG body, violin body = EB1. All the old ones I've seen are solid body.
     
  7. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist
    and H E A V Y . . . but NOT as heavy as the Les Paul Recording bass.
     
  8. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:
    The EB-1 is a 32" scale bass.
    Some call this med. scale?
    I was lucky enough to find a 1968 EB-1 in very good condition.
    I love the sound of this bass.
    Big, fat, clean, with tone knob off.
    With tone knob on full, treble, and destorted.
    Records great.
     
  9. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    No its a SOLID body, mahgony i believe. Several years ago Epiphone reissued them.
     
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah I just looked back at the article and the photo of Jack Bruce has him playing an EB-1 - like this :

    [​IMG]

    ..whereas he talks in the interview about an EB0 which is like a bass version of an SG. :meh:

    The guys who can actually do it, aren't so hung up on gear....? ;)
     
  11. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Even Epiphone made a bolt-on version of the EB-1 for a short period, just saw a used one in Guitar Center today.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. FeelTheGroove

    FeelTheGroove

    Dec 2, 2005
    I thought that little Gibson sounded better than his fretless Warwick during the Royal Albert Hall shows. I was suprised how strong Jack's voice still is, and man he can sure still play like crazy.
     
  13. watspan

    watspan Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    +1
     
  14. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3

    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I agree, that bass has a great sound. Couldn't have anything to do with Jack, could it?
    ;)
     
  15. KeithPas

    KeithPas

    May 16, 2000
    Poulsbo,Wa
    I could not hear anything he was playing, Eric's guitar was so up front in the mix that Jack's bass was practically inaudible. What I did hear I did'nt like, The EB-1 IMHO sounds muffled and indisinct. I liked the sound of his Warwick better.
     
  16. jvb

    jvb

    Jul 11, 2005
    Canberra, Australia
    I thought the EB1 tone was okay, and so was that of the Warwick fretless. The band's performance for the early part of the DVD was, I thought, a bit lack-luster, but when he changed to the fretless they just took off.
     
  17. thats because he is a better fretless player than anything.
     
  18. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    Where were the bloody Marshalls?!?!?! :spit:
     
  19. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    No way! It was a result of his stellar bass rig: Gibson EB-1 > Hartke head with the graphic EQ set to "medium frown".

    Kind of humbling, isn't it?

    Riis