NBD: 'Gibson' Orphan/Amputee...WARNING - images may be disturbing!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Engine207, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    So I'm cruising through the local CL, looking for something to help me part with some of my 'bass money' envelope, when I clicked on this...


    Intrigued, I texted the dude and agreed to meet him after he got off work. Well, I left his house with this super lightweight, but sad, mutilated, little short scale bass that I think was worth the money. After all, anything playable for $50 is a good deal...right?

    There are no obvious marks of identification on it, other than the 'Gibson' decal on the headstock, and whether it is what the seller says it is, I really don't know. It definitely needs some work: the action is too high even for me; the volume pot distorts past 6; and both the pickguard and cavity cover are warped like crazy. Who knows what else I'll find when I start digging into it. I'm thinking I'll just do the best I can with setting it up and bring it to the firehouse as a fretless practice bass, but I'm half-tempted to strip it, amputate it's other side, and refinish it...just for fun and experience.

  2. GreaserMatt


    Sep 4, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Dude, the tuners & bridge are worth $50; I'd say that you scored!
  3. mc_muench


    Sep 28, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    mos def worth $50, I bet that thing will groove when It's all set up.
  4. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    Graft a lower horn onto the poor thing, please!
  5. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    It's an old Gibson EB-O. I had one years ago but mine wasn't an amputee, LOL. Boomy little SOB's. We nicknamed that pickup a "mudbucker" because it is so dark and boomy.
  6. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta Guest

    Aug 23, 2011
    trim it into a teardrop
  7. have the horn and headstock properly restored and the whole bass repainted "dark transparent cherry" or maybe a solid polar white by a skilled luthier. This bass deserves it... it suffered way too much
  8. mc_muench


    Sep 28, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Now there is an idea.
  9. It honestly looks like a real Gibson but the head stock looks to be rounded off ,I say leave it the way it is ,but do make it playable ,maybe get the board planed and refretted
  10. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
  11. Fuzzbassian

    Fuzzbassian Guest

    Jan 12, 2012
    given that guitars with various horns sawn off generally look like murder victims with strings on them,that one isn't too bad.It'd still be a whole lot better with a second horn,but hey,$50 you can't complian.
  12. delta7fred


    Jul 3, 2007

    It's a real shame to see what some people do to perfectly good instruments. :crying:
  13. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Glad you gave it a home poor thing! Geeze the pickup is worth at least 100 bucks! Def. 60's Gibson EBO.
  14. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    I got a few hours on it last night, and aside from the ridiculously high action (which is onl a neck adjustment and a lower-profile bridge away), it either needs the side dots removed or the neck refretted.

    My real fretless has the dots at the proper postition, and this obviously has it "between the frets" I dealt with it, but it messed me up, too. I think I'll just wait wa week or two and proceess all of the thoughts and ideas before I decide what to do...though the idea of a prosthetic bottom horn is very interesting, considering I have a fully equipped shop...

    Keep the ideas coming!!
  15. Meddle

    Meddle Guest

    Jul 27, 2009
    Was it modded for bolt-on or what? Curous as to those plugged holes on the back.
  16. RBetoGT


    Jun 12, 2011
    nice "BADA$$" bridge hehe...

    how old could it be??
  17. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    Congrats! The body is mahogany?
  18. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    If you have a fully equipped shop then band saw off the lower part and rebuild the body to it's original shape. Remove and replace the fingerboard with a proper fretless one, unlined of course. I think bloodwood would be cool, but I hear that the dust can be a problem.


    You've already gotten your $50 back on the bridge and the electronics alone. It's not like you're going to ruin the current value of the instrument. ;)
  19. iJazz

    iJazz Guest

    Jan 9, 2012
    Sussex, WI
    That, sir, should make a WIN quote for someone.

    iJazz - Staying with what I've got, but I know a good one when I see it.
  20. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    Funny thing is...I don't know a damn thing about this bass, beyond what I can observe. I'm more of a Fender guy, so I'm not even sure it's a real Gibson or a Chinese knock-off, although it certainly seems old enough. The story I got from the seller was that the bass was given to him by a guitarist friend of his who had it for years (but wasn't the one who mutilated it) in his closet. The seller only rarely used it himself, so now that he's out of work, he's liquidating everything that isn' a necessity. I don't know about the holes on the back, or the ones that are on the fingerboard, around the 19th and 20th 'fret'. The finish is also a super-ameteurish gloss. It wasn't even sanded down, buffed, or anything!

    Yeagh, I don't think the BadAss-I was the stock bridge on these. :D I bet I could clean that BadAss up and get $50 for it, then see if I can find a more original-looking bridge...like one of these - for $65


    It looks to be - with the tight grain and featherweight, but I'd have to get busy with a sander to get through all the finish.

    From Wikipedia:

    Manufacturer: Gibson
    Period: 1959 — 1979
    Body type: Solid
    Neck joint: Set
    Scale: 30.5"
    Body: Mahogany
    Neck: Mahogany/Maple
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Pickup: 1 double-coil humbucker
    Colors available: Initially only cherry red. Walnut finish was offered starting in 1972. Black was offered between 1972 and 1975. A natural finish was offered starting in 1973.

    History: The EB-0 was first marketed in 1959 in response to the declining sales of Gibson's EB-1. The body was styled after the Les Paul Junior, but retained the mahogany neck and body and 30.5" scale length of the EB-1. It was available only in cherry red. This version of the EB-0 remained in production until 1961, after which the body was redesigned to resemble the Gibson SG. In 1972, the EB-0 saw another, less dramatic revision. It received a larger body, a maple neck, and its pickup was moved further from the base of the neck. Despite these revisions, sales dropped significantly in the subsequent years and production was gradually phased out. The last EB-0 was made in 1979. Epiphone currently produces an EB-0 which is similar to the 1972 version of the Gibson EB-0.