NBD: The "Modern" Gibson EB

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassDaddy77, Aug 7, 2021.

  1. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    New (to me at least) bass day! 2018 Gibson EB4 in natural:

    I had a 2014 EB (the retro Mosrite-styled one) a few years back. I let that one go due to a "warbling/chorusey" effect I was getting from the insanely hot humbuckers no matter how low I set the pickups into the body. I liked alot about that bass aside from that issue.

    This new one still has a touch of that effect, but nowhere near as bad - plus I have a ton of room to lower the pickups. I'm confident it will be easily remedied this time around! This one is quite a bit lighter and balances MUCH better as well.

    When I saw the redesigned body Gibson was using on these (starting in 2017 I believe), I hated it initially. But I've had a major change of opinion once seeing (and especially holding/playing) this one in person. Yes, it's very modern looking. But I actually think that's a good thing. Gibson really stepped out of their comfort zone on this design and I can really appreciate that. It may not be for everyone, but I personally think they hit a home run with these EB basses. I think there's a market for both the '13-'14 and '17-'19 models depending on styling preference. I wish they would put both back into production.
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  2. Clark W

    Clark W Just Say No To Tort! Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    Congrats on the new bass, it's a beauty!
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  3. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Thanks, I appreciate it Clark!
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  4. Border


    Dec 31, 2010
    Spokane, Wa.
    Congratulations on your gorgeous new bass! I have wondered about those newer style EB basses. Play it in good health.
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  5. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Thanks, I certainly will!
  6. Congrats on your "new" bass. May it serve you well.

    Arguably the most versatile Gibson bass ever - the same holds true for the older version - and if you find one made while the QC department wasn't out for lunch, it's a win. They sound play way more expensive than the price tag would make one believe.

    Play it in good health and enjoy!
  7. thisheregiraffe


    Aug 24, 2019
    I had one these for a bit, and I really liked it. It sadly had to go last fall when I need cash for urgent expenses. I’d definitely buy another if the opportunity comes up at the right time though. Very nice instrument for the price.
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    what a great looking ax! it's excellent that you like the feel/balance --- it has 'that look' like it would deliver the goods! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
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  9. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    I haven't heard a bad thing about these basses. Lightweight, great balance, and versatile toanz! Plus you can find them for a great bargain on occasion. Congrats, I hope it serves you well! All that great hardware and quality wood, seem to be well built.
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  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That’s really cool! Dime it.
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  11. CaseyVancouver


    Nov 4, 2012
    Congrats looks like a great bass.
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  12. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Congratulations on your new bass!

    I am more of a Fender man but this one looks great. Actually the headstock looks vaguely familiar...
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  13. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Thanks! It seems like the Gibson employees had their act together for this specimen. Definitely a versatile bass, especially with the coil taps.

    Sorry to hear that. Hopefully another will come your way someday!

    Thank you very much!
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  14. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Thank you. Yeah, they didn't skimp on the components. Babicz bridge, Grover tuners, nice ash and rosewood specimens, crazy powerful MIA pickups, etc.


    Thank you, I hope it serves me well!

    Lol, ahh yes the veritable T-Bird rears it head on this one! I'm a Fender man myself for the most part, but I do enjoy Gibsons despite the general disdain they get on TB. I like that it isn't like anything they've produced before (looks wise). Trying to broaden my horizons these days, lol. Thank you for the compliment!
  15. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Happy to report that once I lowered the pickups down approximately 1mm all the way around, the "chorusey" effect has disappeared from the magnetic pull of these beastly humbuckers.
  16. lizardking837


    Jan 28, 2009
    That's cool. It looks like a cross between a Wal, Thunderbird and HH Stingray
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  17. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Glad you’re connecting with this one!
    Looks like a keeper!
    I really liked the silhouette of both and really would’ve loved it if they would’ve gone Full-Gibson and given them classic chrome Thunderbird pickups and cream binding, trap inlays, and various burst finishes.
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  18. I have an EB14 5 string that is a very nice bass with great tones.
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  19. BassDaddy77


    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Thanks! Never woulda thought of that mixture of basses, but I can totally see what you're saying!

    Thank you. Those added touches would've been killer, especially on the '13-'14 styled basses!

    That's awesome! How's the B string on it?
  20. @BassDaddy77 my EB14 5 String is set up in Hi C now and sings and has twang for days.
    When it had a Lo B it was thunder.