Gibson EB-0

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Gibson EB-0
Jack Bruce's Gibson EB-0 Bass (vertical clip).jpg
Jack Bruce's 1967 Gibson EB-0 bass guitar
Manufacturer Gibson Guitar Corporation
Period 1959—1979
Body type Solid
Neck joint glued-in
Scale 30.5" or 34" (EB-0L)
Body Mahogany
Neck Mahogany, Maple from 1973 onwards.
Fretboard Brazilian rosewood
Bridge Fixed
Pickup(s) 1 humbucking pickup
Colors available
Initially only cherry red. Walnut finish was offered starting in 1972. Black was offered between 1972 and 1975. A natural finish was offered starting in 1973. Custom colours like Pelham Blue and Polaris White were also available on custom-order.[1]

The Gibson EB-0 is a bass guitar that was introduced by Gibson in 1959. When production ceased in 1979, a total of 20,844 instruments were built.[2]


The EB-0 was first marketed in 1959 in response to the declining sales of Gibson's EB-1. The body was styled after the Les Paul Junior, but retained the mahogany neck and body and 30.5" scale length of the Gibson EB-1. It was available only in cherry red. This version of the EB-0 remained in production until 1961, after which the body was redesigned to resemble the Gibson SG.[3] The design of the bass guitar changed several times during the 1960s. In 1962, the black plastic cover on the pickup was replaced by a metal one. Around 1964/5, nickel-plated hardware was replaced by chrome-plated. Around 1966/7 the neck was replaced with a thinner one; the unadjustable bar bridge was replaced by a fully adjustable one with a nylon saddle for each string; the string guard was removed; a bridge guard was introduced and the knobs were replaced with the witch-hat design. In 1969 and 1970, the headstock was replaced with a slotted one (similar to those on most classical guitars), with tuning keys mounted at ninety degrees downwards behind the head.

In 1972, the EB-0 saw another, less dramatic revision. It received a larger body, a maple neck, and its pickup was moved further from the base of the neck. Despite these revisions, sales dropped significantly in the subsequent years and production was gradually phased out. The last EB-0 was made in 1979.

Epiphone currently produces an EB-0 which is similar to the late '60s version of the Gibson EB-0, but with a '70s-style three-point bridge and a bolt-on neck.[4]


The EB-0 fathered two variations.

  • EB-0F - This was an EB-0 with a built in passive fuzz. They were produced in limited quantities between 1962 and 1965.
  • EB-0L - This was a long scale (34") version of the EB-0. It was produced between 1970 and 1977.

In fiction[edit]

The 1961 EB-0 appears in the fifth episode of the anime series FLCL, as the signature weapon of the space pirate Atomsk.


  1. ^ "Vintage Guitars Info - Gibson bass vintage guitar collecting". Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Gibson EB-0". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "1960 Gibson EB-0 Bass". Archived from the original on 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Epiphone EB-0". 

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