Gibson's Electric Bass history began in 1958 with the release of its first official "EB" model. Violin-inspired like Hofners of the same era, it pulled in many of the upright bass players of the day into a more compact, electrified instrument that could be played at higher volumes in a band context.
Reintroduced in 1970, the EB-1 brought the classic EB stylings back into the fold. This particular example is one of just 404 shipped in '70, and has survived in Excellent condition throughout its life. It remains entirely original throughout, and includes its original telescopic stand and hardshell case. It's also quite light for one of these, coming in at just 9lbs. There's evidence of some light finish separation along the edge of the neck heel, but it's clean and shows no signs of compromise.
Playability is great, with a comfortable medium action and powerful, punchy tone from the original pickup. The neck has the typical Medium C carve that Gibson used throughout most of the 1960s, and the tapewound strings offer true vintage Gibson feel.