NBD - Gibson EB-0

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassJuju, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    In pursuit of a birth year bass, I’ve passed on a couple, but today I’ve pulled the trigger. I’ve been considering an EB or SG for a bit as well. The two have lined up. This one is in good shape for a bass of 54. Typical, and beautiful, checking with hardware that is tarnished as expected. It also has about a decade(my guess) of gunk on it. Over the next few days/weeks I’ll clean it up a bit, replace the strings, and adjust the setup. The case is falling apart, but all the pieces are intact. I’m hoping to find someone to stitch it back together.

    And now for the important part...





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  2. Congrats on your "new" Gibby.

    May it serve you well for at least another 54 years.

    Play it in good health and enjoy!
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  3. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Awesome! Enjoy it! :bassist:
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  4. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Nice bass, I have a 65 EB-3, they really play nice, i like the necks.
  5. Lovely! Will always have a soft spot for these basses. Enjoy!
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  6. For the folks who prefer a P-Bass size nut, pre-67 models are the way to go. The necks on these feel chunkier as well.
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  7. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Yes, i like it, I also have a 66 EB-2 that has a nice chunky neck on it, great necks for SS basses.
  8. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Remarkably good shape for a bass of that vintage. Play it well. :thumbsup:
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  9. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Beautiful! Nice to see the EB0 getting some love!
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  10. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    I owned a 65 Eb0 once. I remember liking the bass a lot , but it felt a lot less “refined” than , say, a fender or ric from the same era.

    Now that I think about it , even my 80s ripper feels less refined than a ric.
  11. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Beautiful '65 Gibson. Congrats!
  12. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    Thanks for the kind words... it is a really sweet piece. I’ll post some photos once I get the strings replaced and the surface dirt cleaned up.
  13. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    perfect for a lad in his 50's! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
  14. That's some hot vintage cherry right there. +1 for the nickel hardware. Have fun and don't be afraid to crank it up into overdrive.
  15. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    I have a soft spot for EB-0s. It was my first "real" bass. A '60 something. Didn't really care about the vintage of anyrhing back then.
  16. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie

    Aug 21, 2013
    Congratulations & Compliments! :bassist:
  17. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    Very nice!! I sold my old EB-0 as I have a '73 EB-3. The EB-0 played and felt way better. Shoulda kept it and sold the EB-3
    Here's a tip I use when playing an EB bass, turn the amp volume way up, and have the volume on the bass way down. I find it clears it up a lot and to me, sounds pretty much like a good P-bass.
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  18. BassJuju


    Jul 9, 2016
    I think I’ll call her Ruby... she got some proper TLC this morning and the hodgepodge of strings was replaced. I think it had strings from 3 different sets, 2 A’s, 1 E, and a G. I really wanted to put Dunlop flats on it, but they are a couple weeks out. So, I took an old set of Roto flats and put them on. The pup was loose and flopping around. I think the fact the the poles were almost flush and in contact with the face plate was responsible for the general boominess and distortion of the bass. So, I removed the cover, the popsicle sticks that were under the pup, and put in a thin piece of foam. Now the poles sit as expected. Plus, the tone is what I call defined boom! A general cleanup, fretboard dress, and a little sewing machine oil for the chrome and she looks and plays much better. A small truss rod adjustment was needed as well, but it was needed when I brought her home. Much flatter and much more playable. I found that the intonation was remarkably close given the lack of very fine adjustments on the bridge. I’ll noodle with that more after I decide whether to leave the Roto’s on or add the Dunlop’s.

    I took a few more photos after the cleanup and tried to get some better photos of the checking. Here they are...





  19. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Very nice!
  20. Agree on the wisdom of playing with the volume halfway, if you're looking for less ballsy distorted tones!
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