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The only unusual characteristic is that this bass with a 1958 serial number has a factory stock humbucking pickup—not used until 1959.
The pickup was developed by Seth Lover to be used on the EB-0 and EB-2.
Gibson introduced its first solidbody bass guitar in 1953.
Named simply the Electric Bass, it was Gibson’s response to Fender’s Precision Bass, which was released in late 1951.
Likewise, some saw the EB-3 as an upgraded/two-pickup EB-0 (which, incidentally, was given an pointed-double-cutaway SG-shaped body in ’61), but the reality was there was much more to both.
Other noteworthy EB-3 users in the ’60s included Big Brother & the Holding Company’s Peter Albin, and David Freiberg of Quicksilver Messenger Service.With its elegant violin-shaped solid mahogany body and short-scale neck, Gibson’s EB was constructed very differently from the Precision.The 1956 Gibson catalog reads: “With 20 frets on a scale length of 30 1/2", the Gibson Electric Bass has the same range as the standard bass ‘fiddle’—and the same pitch.The EB-3’s hardware also included a handrest and string mute. In addition to a Volume and Tone knob for each pickup, an unusual four-way rotary switch offered operation of the neck pickup only (position 1), both pickups (2), bridge pickup only (3), and neck pickup with “choke” (4) that produced a brighter, baritone-like sound; its circuit was similar to the pushbutton “baritone” switch on the EB-2.Early versions had a large, black-plastic-covered humbucking pickup near the neck and a small metal-covered humbucker near the bridge. Fans of classic rock guitar know that Jack Bruce, bassist with Cream, was the most visible EB-3 player in the ’60s.