Re: Gibson EB3

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on January 08, 2001 at 08:53:25:

In Reply to: Re: Gibson EB3 posted by anthony on January 07, 2001 at 23:08:41:

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: : : The tuners on this eb3 looks more like the older style tuners . they are open and the mounting 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

: : I'm not 100% sure when the transition was made between the different styles of tuners, to be honest...

: : When you're dealing with guitars from that era, a lot of the time, you'll find minor variations in hardware like tuners, etc. The factory might have run out of a certain part, but had some spares of a different part that would work, so they used that rather than hold up the production line. Because of things like that, there's always the possibility of something being inconsistent with the published specifications.

: : Also, keep in mind that at the time, Gibson was using 2 *very* different headstocks for the EB bass series (regular and slotted), too.

: Here is an example of the tuners that I see on the 70's models, quite different.

: 1972 Gibson EB-3 Electric Bass Guitar
: Item #1402047344

I looked at that and the EB-2 that you included in the other post; I'm familiar with both kinds of tuners.

1970's Gibsons tend to be a bit twitchy to date in general; this was during the Dreaded Norlin Era, after Chicago Musical Instruments had sold the Gibson company to Norlin. The Dreaded Norlin Era is almost universally considered the worst years of Gibson's existence; their quality control went down the toilet, and they came up with some of the *ugliest* designs in their history! The SG revision with a Les Paul pickguard and a hideous half-moon shaped control cavity cover is almost *grotesque*, just to give one example.

In that atmosphere, details like which kind of tuners were used (or precise dates) just kinda got lost...

I'd say that your bass is probably one of the last ones that used the older-style tuners, and I'd guess that it's from 1970, maybe 1971, but probably not any later.

I'm not sure if there are any date marks anywhere like the pickup cavity, control cavity, etc., but if you find any, that *might* give you a little better idea. Another thing you might be able to do is to check the dates on the control pots; assuming that they're original, they'll have a date code on them (every manufacturer is different), so you might want to check those, too.

Let me know what you come up with, ok? :-)


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