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1972 Gibson EB-3 Short Scale Bass with Walnut Finish

1972 Gibson EB-3 Short Scale Bass with Walnut Finish
« on: December 09, 2016, 03:27:55 PM »
To purchase please go to ebay and search for item 272472480938

1972 Gibson EB-3 Short Scale Bass with Walnut Finish.

Serial number is 752772, with "Made in USA" stamped on the back of the head.

I purchased this beauty in the early 90’s and no repairs have been needed. I am not a bass player and used it only for laying down a few tracks and letting others play it when they visited me.

I had this EB-3 checked out by a well-known local luthier this summer and no issues were found. He also did a setup and put on new strings.

It is in very good condition for it’s age. I have looked at others online and this one seems in better condition than most of the 72 EB3’s

The Gibson case appears to be the original based on Internet research and the Luthier that did the last setup.

The EB-3 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), Chris White (Zombies), David Knights, and Mike Watt

This is an excellent players and collector’s bass.

This 44 year-old classic has some non-functional flaws.  Please see the pictures. If you want any additional pictures or close-ups let me know. The most noticeable flaws are listed below:

1.      Headstock: Finish scrapes on top front/rear edges, bottom rear, and on the right/left sides of the bottom where the guitar was hung. Normal scratches for age.

2.      Body Back: Small finish blemish below neck joint on the right. Normal scratches for age

3.      Body Front: Two extra holes were added by another owner near the end of the neck, finish blemish under the 4th string just behind the end of the neck. Marks and mounting holes where the bridge cover used to be (don’t have cover). Normal scratches for age.

4.      Body Sides: Some dents and scratches. Largest is just below the lower volume knob.

5.      Neck: Normal scratches for age.

6.      Case Top: Some edge areas have been repaired with upholstery tape. The most repairs have been made to the bottom edge under logo.

7.      Case Bottom: Some edge areas have been repaired with upholstery tape.

8.      Case Sides: Some edge areas have been repaired with upholstery tape. The most repairs have been made to the bottom area under the chrome guard.

9.      Case Inside: Great condition, normal wear especially in areas where the strings/neck/strap-nut touches the case.

10.   *** See Pictures and videos on YouTube for full details of condition. If you want specific pictures, please ask.


Before bidding, please watch the THREE YouTube videos below:


 Video of Body:

 Video of Case:

 Video of Pictures:


The bridge guard has been removed so the player can dampen the strings and is not included.

Plays and sounds superb, with a fast neck and a wide range of tones, including that famous Gibson "Growl".

Controls: 2 Volumes, 2 Tones. Then instead of the standard toggle switch for selecting pickup combinations, there was a 4 position “varitone” that would roll off some tones and concentrate others. You could be deep and thunderous, also hard hitting with treble clarity, or dial in tons of mid-range bark to your solid foundation which is what everyone loved about Jack Bruce’s Cream sound. For further EB3 history check;

I am not a dealer, just a guy with an extra bass. I can’t really except returns so please ask as many questions as you wish. I could also have it evaluated by another luthier (at your cost) if you wish.

Shipping is a flat rate of $99.00 for 2 Day Air in the continental USA (excluding Alaska). I will only ship to this area. No returns.


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