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Vintage Gibson EB3L Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by daddybud, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. daddybud


    Jul 2, 2007
    Just picked up an old Gibson EB3l,Im trying to find out the year but the Headstock is slotted like the Gibson EBO bass it looks like the original neck but maybe not Im trying to find out the year and its overallworth..Anyone have any ideas???
  2. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    Late 60's to about 1974.
  3. Slotted headstock is very 1971!
  4. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Agreed. The '72 had an elongated solid headstock and thicker unbeveled body. The '71 had the slotted headstock, beveled body and 19 frets IIRC.
  5. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Could be as early as '69 (mine is). I think 69-71 is the range for slotted headstocks.

    btw, I highly recommend the replacement bridge that Hipshot makes for these.

  6. Groover


    Jun 28, 2005
    Ohio, USA
    This ^. Also, if it has USA printed under the S/N, then it's the later (71) likely.

    Any pics? I have both EB3L versions... '69-71, and the '72+. I can't decide which I like better. Two similar basses, but certainly different vibes when playing them.
  7. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I'll +1 all of this^^ too.

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