NBD: 1956 Gibson EB-1

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tanner5382, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Well technically I got it yesterday, but I just wanted to post about it. Yesterday, I finally got this bass after about wanting for around three years now. One knob is not original, but that's no big deal. It's in great shape. I love everything about this bass! It's cool to have such a great piece of history. I'm sure there will be some Gibson bass haters, but I don't care. To me, these are one of the coolest basses ever. Oh yeah, also came with the original case! Thanks for looking!




  2. I've never even seen a picture of one before. WOW!

    I love that bass!
  3. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    I'm in awe,

  4. IPA

    IPA Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    Even Gibson bass haters can't deny how cool that is. What's the case look like? same shape or a big box?
  5. iammr2


    Jun 10, 2002
    Well??? How's it play??? How's it sound??? A complete review is in order.

    Have always wanted one of these.
  6. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Thanks for the kind words everyone!

    The case is in the shape of the bass. Classic pink interior. Made by Lifton.

    The pickup is actually a single coil. From what I've read it has 25,000 wraps. It's hot as hell.

    It's got the classic Gibson deep low end you would expect, but it has it's own unique tone. It's a bit clearer than a 60's EB humbucker. Tomorrow I might try to post a video to demonstrate the tone if I find the time. It's an animal for sure.

    Thanks again!
  7. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Another thing that was nice was that though I heard a lot of complaints about the weight, I don't think it's too heavy at all. However, it's heavy enough to wear it still feels very solid and sturdy. That's a nice change from my 60s EB-0 which I also love, but feels a lot more fragile.
  8. whoa, awesome!
  9. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    One of my Holy grails. Congrats, play the s**t out of it!
  10. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Love it! Beautiful bass!
  11. Always love seeing these, what a beauty. I'd love to hear a soundclip.
  12. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    I will definitely try to get around to posting a soundclip or video very soon.

    Thanks for the compliments on it, everyone.

    And godofthunder59, you definitely have some AWESOME Gibson basses as well! Your amp collection is second to none also, in my opinion.
  13. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Anyone who hates on this instrument hates the bass guitar.

    Great score, brother. Thanks for sharing! What are you gonna string it with?
  14. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    This is the kind of violin bass I like. Hofners are nice, but this is something.
  15. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    What a classic! Thanks for sharing.
  16. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Very cool!

    Congrats and enjoy!

  17. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    wow. there's something you don't see every day!

    I remember when Jim Roberts from bass player did an article about these about 15 years ago. really neat with the brown pickup.
  18. Batmensch


    Jul 4, 2010
    Media, PA.
    I'd take one of these over a Hofner any day.
  19. wow. This is one cool bass, living history. It is in great shape for it's age. Have lots of fun with it.
  20. fcoda


    Jan 23, 2002
    Very nice .....does this model have the end-pin