Up for sale, a 2103 Gibson EB Bass in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. Offered only from 2013-2016, this discontinued iteration of the EB platform features a unique contoured offset body shape, a pair of Alnico V humbuckers designed by pickup specialist Jim DeCola with individual coil taps, and a Babicz Full Contact bridge.
Tonewoods include a swamp ash body with a satin-finished maple neck capped by a thick slab rosewood fretboard, notably lightweight at only 7lbs 8oz. This bass has plenty of natural resonance, with the midrange heft and note definition inherent in ash. The newly-designed humbuckers are wound hot, metering at 9.4k ohms in the neck position and a whopping 14.2k ohms at the bridge. These humbuckers offer rich thump, midrange growl and articulate treble grind. The push/pull coil taps on the two Volume controls enable single coil functionality for brighter sounds that have more upper midrange articulation, burp and cut. Engaging one of the coil taps (while leaving the other pickup in humbucker mode) is an excellent way to keep the sound fat, while providing additional clarity. This bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.
The satin-finished maple neck has a slender D-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features flawless medium jumbo fretwire, playing cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The PLEK-cut nut measures 1 9/16” in width. On the headstock, the original Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clean chrome plating.
All of the electronics function as intended, with an untouched wiring harness and Volume/Volume/Tone controls governing the humbucker pair, plus the coil taps at the Volume controls. The Babicz Patented Full Contact bridge is designed to deliver optimal sustain, with block saddles and pristine chrome plating. Plastics comprise the original trio of knobs and the four-ply tortoise pickguard.
The satin three-tone Sunburst finish is a thin application, exposing the grain of the swamp ash body. Cosmetic wear includes a sliver of forearm wear and similar wear through the gloss on the bass-side of the pick path, a handful of nicks on the body as a whole, and buckle rash on the back. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile has been buffed to a semi-gloss through play, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile length.
The original Gibson USA-branded hardshell case with form-fit white plush interior is included, along with the factory paperwork.