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The EB3 is the "Big Brother" of the EB0 and again a true design classic. Few basses are as easily recognized as the Gibson EB3.

Launched in 1961, with a launch price of $285, the 1960s EB3 was very popular with the British bands of the late 1960s; 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) all used the EB3 as did many others in the sixties and seventies. Today it still used by bassists such as Jared Followill (Kings of Leon), Mike Watt (Iggy and the Stooges).

The EB3 had a solid mahogany body, 30 inch scale, mahogany  one-piece neck with rosewood fingerboard (1961-71). It differed from the EB0 in having two pick-ups-the same Humbucker at the neck plus a smaller pick-up at the bridge and came with a varitone switch for four distinct tones - including an incredibly bassy choked neck-pickup sound, often referred to as 'mud' by EB3 fans and detractors alike. Two variations were the "split-head" in late 1969 to '72, and the Long Scale (full 34 inch length) in 1971.

In late 1971, the EB3 had a major redesign. Necks became maple, the main pickup was moved from the neck to mid-body and circuits redesigned, largely to obtain a brighter tone. The 1960s EB3 was a small bass, being only 30 inches scale and weighing a mere 3.7 kg compared to 4.6 kg of a 1970s EB3.

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1961 EB3 Ref 3311
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1963 EB3 Ref 3312
Not currently for sale
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1965 EB3 Ref 3313
Not currently for sale
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1967 EB3 Ref 3314
Not currently for sale
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1968/9 EB3 Ref 3315
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1969 EB3 Ref 3317
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1968/9 EB0/3 conversion Ref 3324
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1970 EB3 Split-Head Ref 3318
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1971 EB3 Split-Head Ref 3319
SOLD
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1972 EB3 Ref 3322
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1973 EB3L (long scale) Ref 3323
SOLD
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 Total EB3 Numbers produced:

1961

62

63

64

65

66

67

68

132

273

214

217

339

467

631

565

69

70

71

72

73

74

75-79

1716

1940

2314

1355

2421

816

984

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