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1961 Cherry Red EB0 Ref 0011

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The EB0 is a true design classic and was Gibsons most popular bass, making up almost a third of all solidbody bass sales.

The single pick-up EB0 was popular with the garage, blues, soul and church bands of the 1960s and 70s. Users included David Knights of Procol Harum, Felix Pappalardi of Mountain (who gave his to Jack Bruce after a concert, carving "to Jack, xxx Felix" into it) and Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson Five.

The short scale (20 frets on a 30.5 inch neck) and mahogany throughout made for a quick playing bass with a heavy sound from the Humbucker pick-up that was popular with the blues/rock movement of the late sixties, and which led to it being called the "Mudbucker". A true design classic it still looks as fresh as it did in 1961.

This bass is a 1961, the very first year of the "SG" body style.

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An all original, 1961 EBO. 1961 was the first year for the SG body shape. I bought this bass from the orginal owner, a specialist guitar shop owner in Nashville whose brother bought it new in 1961-so it has remained in the same family for 48 years! Serial number 23813, it is one of only 535 made that year- less in reality as some of the 535 were the earlier "Les Paul" shape. The only change is the Tuners, which were changed to (Gibson orignal) chrome during the 60's as the brother didn't like the way the nickle would tarnish. This bass even met Steve Marriot, appearing locally with Humble Pie, when his owner took it back-stage. If only it could talk! It was mainly played with flat-wound strings so there is hardly any fret wear. Comes with a later 60's soft case with plush lining.
 
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