Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on December 29, 2000 at 06:25:48:
In Reply to: Gibson bass posted by Anthony on December 28, 2000 at 12:53:32:
: I have a vintage gibson bass (EB-3) that I'm trying to date as accuratly as
: possible. I think I have narrowed it down to 1969 or 1970 but could use some more info . The "made in usa" is stamped on the rear of the headstock. And I have been told that was started in 1970. However the bass does not have the gibson crown on the front of the headstock only the name gibson . This would imply that the bass was made in 1969 or earliar. Its the original neck . The serial number 600xxx is stamped on the back of the head stock. It has the large open tuning gears . Any info on this will be greatly appreciated.
: thanks Anthony
The serial # on your bass dates to 1970-72 or 74-75.
Gibson's serial numbering scheme has reused numbers one numerous occasions, which causes Gibson fans to tear their hair out when they try to date an instrument.
When *I* try to date an instrument, I find that dinner and a movie helps (sorry, just had to...)
As far as the crown goes, actually, the EB-3 line didn't have the inlay in between 1969 and 1972, so I'd imagine yours is a '70 or '71; again, it's tough to date it more precisely.
Hope that helps!
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