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NFLBD: New fretless bass day - Epi EB-1

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by banikek, May 5, 2012.

  1. banikek


    Sep 14, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Well I was looking for a fretless bass to fill in when I don't want to play my upright.

    I stumbled on Epiphone's not-so-exact reissue of the Gibson EB-1 bass. These things have the reputation of being a one-trick pony, but I am playing in a bluegrass/newgrass band and I think that this is the trick. I have it strung with tape wound flats. Replaced the bridge with a Hipshot and added some homemade string mutes. Gets a nice dull thud sound - exactly what I was looking for. Visually it fits in with the new group too. Very comfortable to play. This is my first fretless electric and I'm diggin it!



  2. RootNoteRadical


    Dec 8, 2011
    Looks pretty fricken' cool if you ask me!!
  3. SeaBassTheFish


    May 19, 2011
    congrats! looks like a fun bass. Always a thrill to see the unlined fb too.
  4. Where did you find it? I have been looking for one!
  5. banikek


    Sep 14, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    It was on consignment in a small shop in town. It had been hanging there for a while and I kept thinking about it. Saw a lot of mixed reviews online but it really works well with the music I am playing now.
  6. jedw


    Jun 5, 2010
    Preston Uk
    Difficult not to laugh at the picture of an f-hole :p

    Looks cool though, unique sound I'll bet.
  7. Not big on fretless or violin basses, but that is one sweet looking bass!! Nice!!
  8. banikek


    Sep 14, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Yea that is kinda corny. It would look just fine without the fake f hole. Luckily the body is such a dark color that you can hardly notice it.
  9. RFord04


    Apr 8, 2009
    Flint, Michigan
    A friend of mine had one of these until he let a friend borrow it and that guy ended up snapping the neck right off of it somehow...

    Very unique bass, and it definitely had a tone of it's own. As you said, it is kind of a one-trick-pony, but it sounds like it should work well for you. The one thing I disliked about the bass, which is a completely personal thing, was the short scale. I'm not exactly what you'd call a seasoned fretless player, so playing on a short scale was a little tricky. The smallest error of hand position on the neck made for intonation problems. If you're really familiar with short scales, and you're ear is really good, this won't be a problem for you.

    Have fun with it. I imagine with the tape-wounds and mutes, this thing can thump with the best of the thumpers.
  10. lub


    Nov 5, 2012
    I also added a "Will-Power" pickup from DiMarzio
  11. That looks very cool! I bet it sounds great. Congrats!
  12. grisezd


    Oct 14, 2009
    I've never seen one of these before. When were these made? I think I'd love one.
  13. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    sell it to me
  14. lub


    Nov 5, 2012
    On top of the "hipshot bridge" , the DiMarzio Will-Power pickup, I use either Thomastic Infeld EB344 Power bass Rounwound or Pyramid-Gold (flats).... they both sound great it only depends what you play... it also takes a little getting used to with the fingers til you get an equal srength of sound from the four strings
  15. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    aren't thes 32" scale
  16. lub


    Nov 5, 2012
    Yes they are! Very comfortable to play specially in our "older days" when I became to lazy to lift my Pre-EB MusicMan Sting Ray...these basses are light and eazy and being so they are great for us around the 60es
  17. pnchad

    pnchad Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2005
    this was my first 'new' fretless bass in 1970 or so

    no painted ff hole though

    cool, light bass - first day I had it someone knocked it over at a jam
  18. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Yep, pretty neat bass!
  19. Do you use the telescoping tailpiece and play it like an upright?