Introduced in 1958, the Gibson EB-2 or 'Electric Bass' followed the formula of the guitar-equivalent ES-335 by way of a semi-hollow electric model with a laminated Maple body, and Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard. It was originally offered as a single-pickup guitar and evolved into a twin-pickup variant you see before you.
The Gibson EB-2D debuted in 1966 with a second pickup in the bridge position in the style of a mini-humbucker. Added volume and tone controls along with the Baritone switch offered up players a more versatile bass that could deliver fat, thumpy low end as well as a brighter, punchier attack.
This EB-2D in its original Cherry finish hails from 1967 and is entirely original. Although its missing its original bridge pickup cover and mute (arguably the two pieces that are often misplaced from these basses the most), its electronics are fully original. The Cherry finish is still plenty bright and vibrant with minimal fading, and the binding has aged nicely to a darker cream/yellow. It features original plastics throughout, including the "witch hat" style knobs that replaced the reflector style in mid/late 1967.
Well-maintained and set up with great playability, this EB-2D is a great representation of Gibson's storied semi-hollow electric bass model. Its short scale and light weight make it a breeze to play, and it occupies a sonic space all its own.
Priced with aftermarket hardshell case.
- Semi-hollow laminated Maple body
- Nitrocellulose Cherry finish
- Mahogany neck w/ Rosewood fingerboard
- 30.5" Scale length
- C neck profile: .85" @ 1st fret / 1.01" @ 12th fret
- Original Gibson pickups and electronics
- Original Gibson "witch hat" knobs
- Baritone switch
- Weight: 9lb 2oz