NBD Epiphone EB-3

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Az4stringer, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Az4stringer


    Jun 27, 2018
    Tucson, AZ
    Received my new Epiphone EB-3 this week. I always intrigued of the SG style bass after seeing Jack Bruce and Andy Fraser (two of my favorites bass players) so I traded in some old equipment at GC and ordered one. GC shipped one from one of their warehouses and I received it within three days. Free shipping. I have never played a SG style bass, mostly Fender style Jazz and P basses.

    My first impressions:

    1. Out of the box setup was terrible, not even close to factory specs. No big deal as this is typical for most new basses I have purchased, and I know how to do setups correctly. I did let the bass acclimate for a day in the house before doing the setup. Temps here in Tucson are over 100 degrees.

    2. Sound was much better than I thought with the stock pickups. Not as muddy as I have read here in the forum. I tried neck soloed, both and bridge soloed. I do like the sound of the bridge pickup soloed, very punchy but if I need some old school thump, I can switch to the neck only or both.

    3. Finish is just plain awesome. No defects whatsoever.

    4. Neck has a nice, smooth feel to it even though it is slightly wider than my Lakland 44-60 Jazz bass. The Epiphone nut width is 1.65in, Lakland Jazz is 1.5in. Not much of a difference that I could feel.

    5. Three point bridge was easier than I thought to setup but I could not get the action low enough for my style even with the front post all the way down. I made sure the front post was slightly higher than the back posts and adjusted each post 1/4 turn each to lower, no big jumps like cranking down on side then another.

    6. The only issue I have is two high frets causing buzzing, 7th and 14th frets. I checked using a fret rocker. I'll take to a local guitar shop to have the frets leveled. I'm sure I can get the action to my taste once the frets are level and I replace the bridge with the Hipshot Supertone. I realize this is a sub $400 bass so some minor issues might be expected.

    I am going to swap the bridge for a Hiptshot SuperTone 3-Point so I can have more adjustability, and just for grins swap out the stock bridge pickup with a Wilkinson P90 Mini Humbucker. Also, install Dunlop strap lock and TI JF344 Flatwounds.

    Overall, for a bass under $400, its great quality for the money.

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  2. SubHuman


    Dec 29, 2005
    Good Old USA
    Sweet bass! I know the EB-3's don't get a lot of love but Jack Bruce and Andy Frazer carry a little more credence then most people noodling around here! Ha!

    Enjoy that light, fun to play beauty! Plus it won't break your back if you gig for hours!
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  3. Congrats on your new bass. May it serve you well.

    Make sure to stop by at the club

    SG & EB Bass Club

    Play it in good health and enjoy!
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