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Gibson EB-0 - 1971 short scale slotted head bass - $2,800 (alameda)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Gibson
model name / number: EB-0
This is a 1971 Gibson EB-0, short scale, slotted head bass. This guitar appears to be all original except possibly the case (the handle definitely is not). After not being able to determine the year by the serial number, I was able to determine the potentiometer manufacturing year 13771XX (137 is manufacturer, 71 is year, the last two numbers are month but under solder).

The cherry finish seems to be in really great shape for its age and compared to nearly all others I have seen online. There are no repairs or cracks. No finish is missing but there are areas of wear (meaning only not perfectly shiny) that would come from playing it (too much 70’s corduroy rubbing on it?). No serious dents, deep scratches, or gouges but it seems as though someone must have played the bass while wearing a ring or rings. I can’t feel anything when I play it. The photos don’t really capture that because it’s too minor. Minimal fret wear. The electronics appear to be original. The bass sounds exactly like one would expect with the “Mudbucker” (muddy humbucker) pickup.

I have only owned this bass for 10-12 years and don’t know the history beyond that. When I bought it, I sprayed the pots and the jack since there was a slight “crackle” and I may have changed the strings at that time I bought it but those are old now too. I also used furniture oil on rosewood fingerboard to keep it from drying out and lemon pledge on the finish, same as I have done on all my basses since 1978. Nothing else was needed. The neck is reasonably straight. No fret buzz with medium string height. The bass might benefit from a very small amount of string length adjustment on a couple strings if you’re going to play this bass way up the neck, based on checking with my tuner before posting this ad. I really have only been playing 5-string basses since 1991 so I have decided to sell this one. If you are someone who really enjoys this particular 60’s/early 70’s vintage sound or just want to add to your guitar collection, this might be a great addition.

I added a quick video demonstrating the sound (bass turned down, treble turned up a bit too much) and playability (no buzz up to at least the 12th fret). That is here:

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/k1f131rldddjzd9cci7v6/Eb-0-Video-1-reduced.mp4?rlkey=f4bo878x6w4vz1sxvn7nx7kqg&dl=0

If would like to see a specific photo, feel free to ask. Please customize your response to me so I know you are real. I may ignore the generic and/or automatic responses. If you still see the ad, it is still available. Asking $2,800. Local pickup only, cash preferred, no trades.

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