Re: Gibson bass

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Posted by zigzag on January 04, 2001 at 19:18:00:

In Reply to: Re: Gibson bass posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on December 29, 2000 at 06:25:48:

: : 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

: 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!

: -Bob

Thanks Bob
I appreciate the info Bob. Dating these instruments is a bit fuzzy.
All the early 70's eb3's I have seen always have different tuners than mine.
The tuners on this eb3 looks more like the older style tuners . they are open and thr mountimg plate on the back of the neck is not rectangular like the 70's style. Do you have any info on the years the different tuners were used? Thanks

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