Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson EB-2D vintage semi-hollowbody bass guitar with a custom color Sparkling Burgundy finish, complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for a vintage replica pickguard, the EB-2D is one of Gibson's most desirable, versatile, and eye-catching vintage bass designs. With the classic body shape and maple construction of Gibson's thinline ES models, the EB-2D has the ideal pairing of a mini humbucker in the bridge position and a "Mudbucker" at the neck. Strung with roundwound strings on the 30 1/2" scale, this bass has a very comfortable feel, delivering everything from great pillowy low end woof to more defined and growly treble cut. Of course the magic really happens when the two pickups are combined and their unique tonalities are balanced to a player's personal tastes. Whether you're looking to fill out a power trio with subwoofer thump and midrange kick, or sit back in the mix in a larger ensemble with a mellow yet substantial fundamental warmth, this EB-2D can deliver the goods. The bass weighs 9lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-100 strings and comfortable action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and more heft as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire which is in excellent shape, ostensibly leveled and crowned in the instrument’s lifetime, and currently showing just a hint of wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-5. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the Gibson logo and "crown" are inlaid in pearloid, and the stock tuning machines are intact with clean chrome plating. Matching the original oval orange Kalamazoo label visible through the F hole, the back of the headstock is stamped with a six digit serial beginning with a "0," something only seen on instruments from 1967 in Gibson's serial sequences of this decade.
All of the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup, coupled to a three-way pickup selector switch. There is also an additional tone shift/boost push-button control that adds further versatility to the EB-2's sound. The chrome-plated bridge has room for adjustment on both bridge thumbwheels, and even the original bridge pickup cover is intact. Plastics include a quartet of original witch hat knobs and a replica narrow bevel four-ply pickguard courtesy of MojoAxe. The original string mute is not present, and there are a couple tiny mounting holes and one small finish chip from the mute forward of the bridge.
The custom color nitro lacquer Sparkling Burgundy finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, framed by deeply ambered body binding and exhibiting heavy finish checking across the top. The finish has aged to a more coppery shade on top, with a truer, unfaded shade of bold Sparkling Burgundy on the back and sides. Cosmetic wear on the body is otherwise limited to some minor marks mostly relegated to the body perimeter. There is some very shallow finish chipping along the neck profile, with some darkening of the finish from contact with the palm.
The original black tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior is included.