Gibson EB-1 Electric Bass ( 1953 - 1972 )
In 1952-53 about 2 years after fender released the fender precision bass , gibson decided to get into the electric bass market ,
they introduced their first bass model which had a shorter scale ( 30.5" ) than the fender precision bass and instead had a violin shaped body and called it the gibson electric bass.
The bass had a single pick up which was placed at the end of the neck unlike the precision bass that had it fitted at mid body , thus giving it a deeper but less defined sound .
The bass wasn't as succesful as the fender in sales, the whole design concept left many bass players skeptical and confused , the short scale ( 30.5") was one of the features that was not a favorite amongst many bass players ,
the bass had telescopic end pins which was a feature to target upright bass players , it had banjo kluson style tuners , painted f holes on a violin shaped
mahogany body , alnico pickups close to the bridge , raised pickguards ,brown covers on the pickups and were made in brown stained finishes .
A very limited number of these gibson basses were produced until early 1958 . During the same year gibson introduced a new bass model called the gibson EB-2 ,
and the original gibson electric bass was renamed the gibson EB-1 during the same year ( 1958 ) but was short lived a couple of months later in late 1958 .
In late 1969 gibson reintroduced the gibson EB-1 with humbucking pickups , chrome bridge covers , and standard right angled tuners , and were discontinued in 1972 .
The gibson EB-1 is sought after by many collectors for its historical significance , its the first bass gibson introduced on the market and it opened the doors for many gibson bass EB models that followed .
Vintage Price Value For 2007 :
1953 - 1958 > $4200 to $5200
1969 - 1972 > $1600 to $2100
Avg Upward Trend Of 9% A Year Since 2000
1969 to 1972 > 4%
If you want to buy an eb bass , you can find Gibson EB Basses For Sale on ebay but they don't have them all the time ... You have to be patient , they show up once and a while ..
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