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Some Help - Epi EB0 and short scale in general

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lecollectif, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. Lecollectif


    Mar 2, 2004

    Very new here, and new at playing bass. I used to play guitar a few years back but put it down. Picked up a bass a few months ago and decided that I quite liked it.

    So, tomorrow, I'm going to buy a new one. I've been eyeing this cherry Epiphone Eb0. It's $250 CAN new. It gets decent reviews. And I love playing it.

    I know it's a small bass (30 0r 31" scale). My question is, what are the advantages and/or disadvantages of a small bass?

    And does anyone here own the Epiphone Eb0? If so, what do you have to say about it?

  2. Hi and welcome to TB!

    My first "real" bass was a 1970 Gibson EB-0 (still have it, but don't play it). Although I haven't played an Epiphone EB-0 , it have heard it has similar properties to the original EB-0.

    A very simple and short review -

    Pluses: It's very pretty, and if you have small hands the neck width, profile and string spacing make it easy to play.

    Negatives: The single humbucking neck pickup is notoriously muddy sounding - not much clarity. If you plan to play bass for a long time, the short-scale neck and narrow width and profile will make switching later on to a "standard" neck (34") feel unnatural to play. The range of sounds is very limited with a single neck pickup - less range than a P-Bass.

    From someone who spent 3 1/2 years gigging professionally with an EB-0 in the 70's, my recommendation would be to look at a different bass with a standard neck length, unless you plan to have one sound and not move on from this bass. Maybe an Ibanez, or a MIM Fender. Remember that looks are only skin deep - although I must admit I'm a sucker for a nice piece of wood (I hope that doesn't get edited as bass porn!).
  3. Lecollectif


    Mar 2, 2004

    Well, as I said, I used to play guitar. I've heard that Eb0 makes the transition much easier. The price is right. And Oh my goodness is it ever a thing of beauty. It will be a nice addition to my collection.

    In the meantime, I've been playing a friend's 34". It's such a piece of ****. So I think anything will sound better.
  4. wingnutkj


    Mar 27, 2003
    I've got an Epi EB0 - I found that it needed a bit of set-up work to be playable; I had to raise the action a lot and adjust the truss rod to prevent the strings rattling, then I found that the three-point bridge was pivoting on the front mount point and going out of tune. I had to fix that by filing the bridge. Finally, the bridge saddles rattled, which I fixed by wedging bits of paper under them.

    It plays a lot better after those adjustments, but it's a bit of a one-trick pony; really fat bass and not much else. If that's your thing, then great (I love it), but be aware of what is sounds like.

    I've stopped using it in favour of a Tanglewood Scorpio - ( http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3707939953 ) -great value for money, EB3 pickup arrangement, better set-up and slightly more flexibility in tone thanks to the extra pickup and a high-cut toggle to cut even more top end. I prefer the way the EB0 looks though...

    I've also got a short-scale Squier Bronco; not the best quality bass ever, but surprised me by sounding quite good. I find it lends itself to pick playing.

    I play 34" scale basses most of the time, but none of them have that phat EB0 neck humbucker thump, and it's nice to have the shorter scale if I'm singing and playing at the same time.

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