As the first production model bass guitar, the Fender Precision bass was an absolutely revolutionary instrument upon its introduction in 1951. The Precision or P Bass evolved throughout the ‘50s with changing electronics, body shape, and cosmetic details. P Basses from after the CBS Fender buyout of 1965 (which brought more of a mass-production style of construction) are of less interest to collectors than their earlier counterparts.
Years of Production: 1951 - present
This is a VINTAGE bass from 1978 that appears to be all original with the exception of the finish. This bass has been refinished with clear over the natural wood of the instrument.
Introduced in 1961, the EB-3 (based on an earlier model, the EB-0)was one of the bass guitar equivalents of the popular Gibson SG. It featured a slim SG-style body, a short 30.5" scale, and two pickups (a large humbucking pickup in the neck position and a mini-humbucker pickup in the bridge position). The electronics consisted of a four-way rotary pickup selector switch (for Series 1 basses; neck pickup with midrange notch, bridge, bridge and neck with low end rolled off neck pickup, neck pickup with choke) and volume and tone knobs for each pickup. The standard finish was cherry red (like the SG guitar models), though EB-3s were also produced in other finishes such as Polaris White, Pelham Blue, Walnut, and Ebony. By the time production ceased in 1979, a total of 14167 instruments had been built
The design of the EB-3 changed several times during the 1960s. In 1962, the black plastic cover on the neck pickup was replaced by a metal one. Around 1964-5, the nickel-plated hardware was replaced by chrome-plated. Around 1966-7 the neck was replaced with a thinner one; the unadjustable bar bridge was replaced by a fully adjustable one with a nylon saddle for each string; the string guard was removed; a bridge guard was introduced and the knobs were replaced with the witch-hat design. In 1969 and 1970, the headstock was replaced with a slotted one (similar to those on most classical guitars), with tuning keys mounted at ninety degrees downwards behind the head. In the 1970s, the pickups were moved closer to the bridge, and maple instead of mahogany was used for the neck. In addition to the Gibson EB-3, a long-scale (34") model called the EB-3L was introduced for players who preferred the longer scale of most Fender basses. The EB-3 was discontinued in 1979.
Gibson currently produces a model called the SG Bass which is very similar to the EB-3, but with only a single tone control and no Varitone switch. Epiphone produces a more affordable EB-3 with a 34" scale (similar to the EB-3L), but the Varitone switch has been replaced by a simple pickup selector.
This is a VINTAGE 1970 Gibson EB-3 electric bass that is being sold in 'Excellent' condition. This instrument was stored in it's original hardshell case, under a bed since 1974 where it sat untouched. Our luthier gave it a professional set up and it's ready to go!
|Manufacturer||Gibson Guitar Corporation|
|Scale||30.5" or 34" (EB-3L)|
|Body||Mahogany, rarely walnut|
|Neck||Mahogany, maple (1973-1979), walnut (1974)|
|Pickup(s)||1 humbucker (neck), 1 mini-humbucker (bridge|
Years of Production: 1959 - 1979
Unique to this Era: Starting in late '69, Gibson used a slotted style headstock on the EB-0.
Body Style: Double cutaway solidbody
Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Humbucker pickup, 30 1/2-inch scale length, dot inlays, slotted headstock
Finish Specifications: Cherry Red was the only standard finish offered on the EB-0 until 1971.
Notable Players: Jack Bruce, David Knights, Mike Watt
$ 1,200.00The Hofner 500/1 is closely associated with Paul McCartney and the Beatles. Paul's use of this bass in the early '60s propelled Hofner sales and turned the 500/1 into an absolutely iconic instrument. When German-made Hofner instruments were distributed in the United Kingdom, they were given model names to go along with their model numbers, and the 500/1 was dubbed the Violin Bass. It is also commonly referred to as the Beatles Bass. This design has been imitated by a number of other makers since including Vox and Greco.
This VINTAGE instrument from the 1970's has some significant finish cracking, but it is in otherwise great condition. New hardshell case included.