NOBD '69 Gibson EB3

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  1. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    20211012_143604.jpg 20211012_143624.jpg 20211012_143635.jpg 20211012_143641.jpg 20211012_143653.jpg 20211012_143704.jpg 20211012_143713.jpg While I have a number of 60s EB0s and 70s EB3s it been a while since I've had a 60s EB3. It's pretty slim pickens out there and pricey when you do. I wanted a 64-66 but this unbroken refinished '69 popped up and I was able to get it for a great price.
    Almost all the parts are original, the vari tone dial is a replacement (I do have a original NOS in the parts box). The refin is a bit sloppy, I am going to redo it in the spring. Serial number has been gone over with a hand engraver during its refinish. The bass plays and sounds great, just what you would expect from a 60s EB3. Time to break out the Jim Lea riffs.
     
  2. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA/RS
    Delicious!

    Play it in good health and enjoy!
     
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  3. BLDavis

    BLDavis Master of Snarks. Gold Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    That makes me wish I still had mine.
    Now go play the heck out of that baby.
    B.
     
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  4. TBird1958

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

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    I really do need to get an EB3, it'd be so very different from my Thunderbirds.........It needs to happen!

    We need a little Slade and Mr. Jim Lea here as well.

     
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  5. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Well done Mark!
     
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  6. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O)))) Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I hadn't played my '62 EB-3 in a while and was considering selling it, since I tend to play with such a bright tone, but picking it up again it's just too much damn fun!
     
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  7. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    EB3s have a unique tone and place in Rock history. A essential instrument in any bassists arsenal imho.
     
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  8. msb

    msb

    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I’d love to have one fall my way someday .
     
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  9. UNICORN BASS

    UNICORN BASS

    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    OOH that's nice, like a well worn saddle, congrats.
     
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  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Wear the paint off it. Nice.
     
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  11. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Love old Gibsons, I'm playing my EB4-L right now. I bought a '70 EB-3 this year, had a broken headstock but was repaired so long ago it's checked over the repair. Mine sounds great too and otherwise is in excellent condition.

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  12. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    If you're doing a Jim Lea thing then as well as an EB3 you need a violin :)
     
  13. Dluxe

    Dluxe

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Nice looking bass! I recently picked up an early '70, at least by the serial number. Been modded with the DiMarzio pickup. It's got rounds on it now but I'm waiting for some Labella's to arrive in the mail. Screenshot_20210929-104008.png
     
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  14. Now there is a classic for you. Very nice. I had both a 60’s version and an early 70’s version (the ones with the plastic surround bound around the neck pickup. The 60’s version was a much better bass. I played the crap out of the 70’s version until there wasn’t much left. the 60’s I sold off to but better amplification.

    Congrats!
     
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  15. deff

    deff Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2018
    Gloucester, MA
    Dude is so good.
     
  16. TBird1958

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

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    Yes he is, utterly unknown in the U.S., Jim Lea is a very talented bassist/musician, and a master with an EB3.
     
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  17. ficelles

    ficelles

    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
     
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  18. Border

    Border

    Dec 31, 2010
    Spokane, Wa.
    Congratulations on your gorgeous new bass!! Play her in good health!
     
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  19. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    My Jim Lea shrine. Replica of Jim's John Birch bass, his stage jacket, flight case and Hiwatt DR201 (Dave Hill's) FB_IMG_1631638480155.jpg
     
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  20. Nice score! Looks sleek with the Schaller M4 tuners too. Bet they balance better than the elephant ears. Hit me up if you end up swapping out the bridge. My EB 1 could use the old one.
     
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