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1967 Gibson EB-3 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass, 100% Original


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Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson EB-3 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a padded softshell case. Introduced in 1961 and crafted at Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory, the EB-3 features a short 30 1/2“ scale length, mute-equipped bridge, dual pickups, and gloss Cherry nitro lacquer finish.

Described in the 1967 Gibson catalog as “the ultimate in an ultra thin, hand contoured solid body Gibson Electric Bass,” the EB-3 sports solid mahogany construction with a rosewood fingerboard, lightweight at 7lbs. The neck position Mudbucker is, as the name would suggest, particularly thick and full with ample low end heft and a wooly character, while the bridge position mini humbucker provides a more lively sound, accentuating the midrange growl inherent in the mahogany construction. This EB-3 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-105 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Chunky C, measuring .870” 1st fret, 1.030” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood slab, dot inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo (wide/flat), hint of wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-6
-Scale Length: 30 1/2”
-Nut: 1 1/2”
-Tuners: Clover button
-Serialization: Stamp on headstock dates to ‘67

Body Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Pickups: Mudbucker, mini-humbucker
-Harness: Untouched solder, CTS pots (solder obscures date codes)
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Four-position rotary pickup selector
-Hardware: Chrome-plated bridge, string mute (felt engages with strings well), ebony finger rest
-Plastics: Four-ply black pickguard, witch hat knobs

The gloss Cherry nitro lacquer finish has aged to a rich Walnut, with lacquer checking across the body. Cosmetic wear includes buckle rash on the back and a number of minor dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile has a worn-in, easy-playing feel, with some wear through the gloss largely worn smooth through subsequent play.

A padded softshell case is included.