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Unread 04-26-2006, 09:36 PM   #1
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EB-0, good buy?

I am considering getting the EB-0, but I am wondering if anybody has had any experience with it? I played it, and it was very comfortable, but I want to make sure about everything. I want to make sure its not a grotesque sound... so I dont have to figure that out if I buy it. Advice? Hate mail? Etc?


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Unread 04-27-2006, 06:55 AM   #2
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You played it and you don't know what it sounds like?
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Unread 04-27-2006, 07:00 AM   #3
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You played it and you don't know what it sounds like?

He coulda been sleep playing........
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I am considering getting the EB-0, but I am wondering if anybody has had any experience with it? I played it, and it was very comfortable, but I want to make sure about everything. I want to make sure its not a grotesque sound... so I dont have to figure that out if I buy it. Advice? Hate mail? Etc?


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grotesque is all in the ear my friend. i suggest you plug it into an amp and listen.
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Unread 04-27-2006, 12:09 PM   #5
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If the instrument feels and plays like butter in your hands. Then you can always change out electronics or adjust the amp side of things to get the tone you desire.
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If the instrument feels and plays like butter in your hands. Then you can always change out electronics or adjust the amp side of things to get the tone you desire.
do you know any companies that make replacement pickups for the Epiphone EB-0 or EB-3 basses? The EB-0 also has a pretty distinctive tone due to it's 30.5" scale.

I've read alot of interesting reviews on these basses. I picked up the Gibson version at Buffalo Bros the other day, but I didn't plug it in. It does have a pretty comfortable feel though, especially if you're used to playing guitar.
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Unread 04-27-2006, 05:04 PM   #7
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others have said not to get it cuz its only got 1 pickup
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I suggest taking this with a grain of salt, but....

I've found the EB-0s to be poopy sounding. I've played a couple and I've hated the way all of the sound. It's not so much that it just has one pickup, it's where the pickup is. You're not going to get any clarity, or cut in a band setting. Jack Bruce is probally one of the most famous EB series player and even he admitted later that it sounded like crap.
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others have said not to get it cuz its only got 1 pickup

Why is that a good reason to avoid a guitar?


*edit* Or bass.
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Why is that a good reason to avoid a guitar?


*edit* Or bass.
good point, the Fender P-Bass, which is one of the most popular bass designs EVER, is just one pickup.
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hmm, well what do you guys think of the EB-3? what are the differences? Is that a better buy?
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The short scale is comfy, if you like that feel go for it. Some folks
just aren't happy with the standard 34 inch scale or beyond.

As an official baby boom old geezer bass player who remembers the
EBO and EB3 basses, I wasn't a fan of that big old Gibson humbucker that
we called ' Mudbuckers ' back then. To this day that beefy lowend heavy
thuddy toned pickup is still called a Mudbucker. However this might be your
bass and some bass players actually worked with the tone and loved it.

Dimarzio did make a replacement pickup for the Mudbucker that gave
a more Rickenbacker style of zing and growl that cleaned up the murky
tone. I've also heard that EMG has some soapbar pickup that
can work in an EBO bass. Anyways go play the bass you like and don't
worry about following someone else's choice of gear because we all end
up finding the gear that works for us eventually.
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Unread 08-27-2006, 03:20 PM   #13
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The darkstar pickup is a popular replacement.

Hear it here: http://www.guitarworld.com/archives/...uitar_-_e.html

Order them here:
http://www.basspickup.com/

I'd be interested in getting an EB-3 then fitting it with these pickups... 200 bucks each though :P
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Unread 08-30-2006, 07:45 PM   #14
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hmm, well what do you guys think of the EB-3? what are the differences? Is that a better buy?
EB-3's have a sidewinder and a mini-humbucker, as opposed to just a sidewinder on the EB-0. The EB-3, however, when using both pickups, is very murky sounding. Not for you if you like the Fender J or P sound. I love the EB-0, simply because I am a big humbucker fan who like the sound of muddy sounding basses. I don't actually own one yet, but I've played it at Guitar Center. Definetely my next bass purchase.
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The key to great tone is really found in the kind of hand soap that you use.
For years I used a typical off-the-shelf bar-type soap and I had no idea that, even though I rinsed properly and thoroughly after every cleansing, there was still a soap scum residue on my hands and fingers.
This negatively affected my tone in ways that I just can't describe.
Then, on a whim, a few years ago I wandered into a Bath and Body Works store at a local mall and picked up some of their gentle foaming anti-bacterial hand cleansers.
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EB-3's have a sidewinder and a mini-humbucker, as opposed to just a sidewinder on the EB-0. The EB-3, however, when using both pickups, is very murky sounding. Not for you if you like the Fender J or P sound. I love the EB-0, simply because I am a big humbucker fan who like the sound of muddy sounding basses. I don't actually own one yet, but I've played it at Guitar Center. Definetely my next bass purchase.
Like I always tell any fellow bass player is to follow your own tone path.
I know a few bass players who've done some fantastic deep greasey grooves
with the EBO's and EB3's. There is a place indeed for deep end thud and I'm
happy to see Gibson bring back these models in Epi trim or as the new SG
Bass which is the EB3 if I ever saw one. I'm a Fender fan but I've loved the
unique tone of EB3's when you blend in the bridge bucker for some raw punch.
I say go for it. We have way too many HI-FI sounding sterile string slappers
today anyways.
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