Jack Bruce's 1967 Gibson EB-0 bass guitar
|Manufacturer||Gibson Guitar Corporation|
|Scale||30.5" or 34" (EB-0L)|
|Neck||Mahogany, Maple from 1973 onwards|
|Pickup(s)||1 humbucking pickup|
|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.|
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 (like the contemporary EB-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.
The EB-0 generally came with one pickup, a large humbucker placed up close to the neck. This pickup, particularly in this configuration is perceived as producing a very deep, powerful low end, being nicknamed the "Mudbucker" for its perceived muddy tone. Several aftermarket alternatives for mudbuckers have been available, some in smaller sizes. Billy Sheehan, bassist of Mr. Big, famously installed a EB-0 pickup in his Fender Precision Bass.
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.
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.
Notable EB-0 players
- Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper played a spray-painted metallic green EB-0 named "The Frog".
- Mike Watt of Minutemen and fIREHOSE plays a heavily modified ’65 Gibson EB-0.
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