Re: Gibson bass

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Posted by Bob the Bass Player on January 10, 2001 at 16:49:10:

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

Gibson's are a pain to date. I have an eb3 that i've dated to the late 60's. I figured this out from two sources. One was a book on gibson guitars - unfortuantely i don't remember the name. The two things helped me date it. One was the logo, which Gibson changed in the late 60's. The old logo had an opening at the top of the loop of the 'b' and the 'o'. Furthermore the dot of the 'i' was disconnected. The later logo didn't have the openings and the 'i' was attached. My bass has the openings but no dot for the 'i' which indictes that it was built at around the time of the logo transition. About the same time Gibson changed the way it colored the front of the headstock. Older basses have a veneer - a thin layer of black wood - while later models were stained black. A good way to check is to take off the cover of truss rod adjustment compartment. I hope this is all accurate as I'm writing this from memory.
The second way is that somewhere on the web was a site - I think it was the actual Gibson website - where you could put in the serial number and get back an approximate date.

Hope this helped.


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