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1970 EB3 Split-Head Ref 3318

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The EB3 is a true design classic, made famous by players such as Jack Bruce (Cream), Andy Fraser (Free), Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Trevor Bolder (David Bowie), Glen Cornick (Jethro Tull), Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) and Chris White (Zombies).

Few basses are as easily recognized as the Gibson EB3.

A 1970 "Split-Head" Gibson EB-3. These models, with the open head frequently seen on an acoustic guitar, were only manufactured between late 1969 and 1971.

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A 1970 "Split-Head" Gibson EB-3. These models, with the open head frequently seen on an acoustic guitar, were only manufactured between late 1969 and 1971. This is a hard year to determine precisely based on the serial number which is 928243. It appears to me to be all original, although as is often the case, the bridge cover is missing. And, of course, the case is not original. The dings and scratches are mostly superficial, and in keeping with its age. They show that this bass was played a lot and not kept in a closet for the last 30 years. Interestingly, the previous owner must  have played mainly with his thumb, as there are wear marks where his fingers rested below the bridge pick-up. I have included a photo of the back of the neck, up by the headstock that looks like evidence of a stress crack, possibly repaired, but as it was there when the previous owner bought it 10 years ago, it is nothing to worry about. It plays and sounds good-with a wide range of tones courtesy of the "chicken head" switch, including the classic Gibson Growl. 

A nice players or collectors piece. 

1970 "Split-Head" EB3 Ref 3318   £1250  SOLD

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