Gibson EB-2 Electric Bass Guitar (1964)

Gibson  EB-2 Electric Bass Guitar  (1964)

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Gibson EB-2 Model Electric Bass Guitar (1964), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 175729, sunburst top, dark stained back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This is a good player's example of "THE" classic electric bass of the British Invasion era-the semi-hollow Gibson EB-2 in sunburst finish. While the EB-2 is not the rarest of Gibson basses, the great majority found today are from 1966-68, when production was at its peak. True 1964 examples of this instrument rarely turn up in the US, as nearly all production that year went to the UK where demand was at a peak. The EB-2 does not even appear in Gibson's catalogs or price lists that year. This bass has all the classic 1964 features; nickel hardware, gold knobs, no mute or handrest, and most important the big, wide chunky neck that was narrowed in 1965. Do not confuse this with the fairly common 1966-69 EB-2's out there...this bass is a breed apart and one of the coolest heavy thump machines out there! A large proportion of UK acts used this exact bass or its Epiphone doppelganger, the Rivoli in the first years of the British invasion and this one still delivers the essential tones for the Animals, Yardbirds and beyond!
 
Overall length is 44 3/4 in. (113.7 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). This bass has seen some use and wear but remains the best playing example of an EB-2 we have had. It appears original overall, we do see a very thin clear overspray on the top and the back of the neck but it is not overly conspicuous. There are many small dings and dents to the edges of the body and headstock, and wear to the back of the neck with a few bigger scrapes here and there. The largely ornamental pickguard is missing, as is not uncommon with these. The 2-way baritone switch is a period lever instead of the standard pushbutton; we have seen a number of these basses so equipped but can's say for sure if this is a factory substitution or a common repair for this part that often broke early on. At any rate it performs as it should! The screws securing the tuner shafts are a bit mix'n'match but all do the job. This bass has a big chunky round-backed '64 neck, good frets and plays exactly as it should. A no-frills gig-ready example of this classic boomer, complete with a battered and funky but functional OHSC. Overall Very Good + Condition.