Gibson EB-2 Bass – U.S.A. – 1958


Electric Semi-Hollow Double cutaway bass guitar


Layered maple body, mahogany neck

Rosewood fretboard

One single-coil pickup (from 1959 a humbucker)


The EB-2 was Gibson’s bass version of the six-string ES-335 guitar and had a similar partially hollow body. The model also had a shorter neck and was initially available with a sunburst or cherry red finish. The instrument had only one single-coil pickup with a volume and tone control knob.
However, this bass guitar was improved soon after it was released. Within a year it was equipped with a choke switch. In 1959, the original single-coil pickup was replaced by a large Sidewinder humbucker. In 1966 the EB-2D model introduced a smaller humbucker in the bridge. The pickups brown, plastic cover turned black and later chrome, the banjo-style tuners were replaced with solid Kluson tuners, and the simple non-adjustable bridge was replaced with a fully adjustable one.

Last updated on 20 October 2020
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