Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass

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A classic bass that put Gibson and Epiphone on the map.

In the early 1960s the Kalamazoo factory, home to both Epiphone and Gibson instruments, decided to cease production of the Les Paul guitar. In its place came a radical new guitar design that also influenced the Kalamazoo factory's bass designs. With the Les Paul (temporarily) out of the picture, the SG took over. And for a time during that golden era of manufacturing, the classic SG bass was the historic factory's sole electric bass.

But the EB "SG" bass was by no means a cast-off. It quickly became one of the most attractive and distinctive basses in rock and players like Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones, Cream's Jack Bruce, and The Who's John Entwistle made rock history on SG-style basses. Now, Epiphone presents the EB-3, a stunning recreation of the vintage marvel with all the tone and feel of the original without the vintage price tag and vintage problems.

  • Mahogany body
  • Glued-in mahogany neck
  • SlimTaper "D" neck profile
  • 34" Scale
  • 1.65" Nut width
  • Rosewood fretboard w/trapezoid inlays
  • Sidewinder humbucker neck pickup
  • NYT Bass mini humbucker bridge pickup

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great bass

This bass is great. I'm a professional bass player playing metal and blues. I love the tonal quality I get from both pickups. The bridge really howls. I played an e.b.o.in high school...Read complete review

This bass is great. I'm a professional bass player playing metal and blues. I love the tonal quality I get from both pickups. The bridge really howls. I played an e.b.o.in high school that was a Gibson, but the long scale of this bass really rocks and I don't care what country it came from the attention to detail is great!Fantastic bass for the price.


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Great looking, but fell short.

I have played several different basses over the last 20 years and currently play Fender but I always wanted a Gibson EB-3. I play in a LOUD punk band now and wanted a...Read complete review

I have played several different basses over the last 20 years and currently play Fender but I always wanted a Gibson EB-3. I play in a LOUD punk band now and wanted a beater bass that would kick out the jam, and if I dropped it or it got nicked up, no big deal. So I saw this (Epiphone)as an inexpensive way to get there. This bass looks AWESOME. More comments(from others) on this bass than just about any I have ever owned. The action is good but I couldn't get rid of the fret buzz no matter what I did. Still, it played great once you get used to the head dive. The sustain is not good. The sound is great up to 8, this bass just will not go to "11"(if you know what I mean).I played it through a smaller combo amp at a gig and it sounded great. I switched to a pick and a Ampeg full stack and it didn't compare to my Fender jazz. If you play it hardwith a pick, it loses a lot of punch and there is all sorts of extraneous noise. I may keep this bass for a spare but I still wonder how the elitist sounds and the Gibson. I'll find out one day. My customer service experience with Music123 has been better than any ever at an actual music store. I highly recommend their services.

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Awesome bass

By the axeman

from fort smith, AR

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    awesome bass i have 4 thunderbirds and took a risk buying this but it paid off great guitar better than any that i have owned

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    My EB-3

    By rjzr&rnyc

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Excellent value for the money. Very beefy bass. Very good looking and sounding as well. I would recommend this bass to anyone aspiring to play or to any professional (though some might be biased against it) , player(s). Very nice how the neck was joined to the body as one solid piece
    of mahogany (cherry finish). Keeps its tuning well all the way up the fretboard. As fine looking as any
    top quality piece of craftsmanship.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    The Epi EB3 - An Unsung Giant

    By James Pearson

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Quality: Every single one of these I've played (many!) have been practially flawless. They use the hard poly finish over what appears to be overlays on some cool-looking wood - the finish is absolutely like glass and didn't have a bit of a bump anywhere on the entire instrument. The wiring was pretty good and the hardware is actually really decent.

    You couldn't build this guitar yourself for the kind of money for which these sell.

    The pots, jack, and switch are actually pretty high-end. They're a vast improvement over the main electronics in $1k Asian-build ESPs, Jacksons, Deans, or Schecters. The switch is as sturdy and mechanical as a Switchcraft. The pots are full-size, similar to Alphas in appearance and capability. The tone capacitor is the usual chicklet - easy and cheap to upgrade if you are so inclined. The jack is also like a Switchcraft-made part. If you open up a NICE Japanese-made guitar (from anybody but Fender) and look at the electronics for comparison, the stuff in the EB3 is MUCH better.

    The pickups are very much like their Gibson counterparts, but Asian. They don't have quite the definition and warmth of the Gibsons, mind you - but they're very good. MUCH better than the cheap inconsistent ceramic-magnet pickups in (low-end) Squier, Dean, ESP and Ibanez basses. I use a tube pre-amp for all my guitar and bass playing, so I can warm it up a bit to rock hard. If you've got a decent amplifier or DI, you can get that round funk of a P-Bass with the quietness of humbuckers.

    I love the uncommon configuration of a STRONG mini humbucker in the bridge position and a VERY vintage giant humbucker in the neck position. The combination of the two can give you jazz, rock, country, alt, folk, and even new age... You'll need a compressor or gain pedal for metal. I put flatwounds on mine: this makes for MUCH "weaker" output, but WOW, does it get the 4x10 or 8x10 fluttering the rafters! I also like the smooth slides and warm sound so I can record a wide variety of music for Vivid Peace.

    The neck: You'll either love it to death or you will not like it. It's kind of like an extremely long thick Telecaster neck. It's a deep D shape and is totally accessible because of the way the neck attaches to a very small amount of the body + the double cutaways. I can play any fret as easily as another on all four strings. Nice.

    The neck has a thin nut similar to the classic Fender Jazz nut. The neck is slender from body to nut. It's comfortable for smaller hands, even though very short arms won't be comfortable (look into the short-scale EB with one pickup or a Bronco/Mustang bass, etc.). I like the ease with which I can grip it when I'm stretching across five or so frets to do steps or diads.

    The bridge is nicely adjustable, something a little better than most, but the intonation can be a little tricky. My bass came largely intonated, but definitely needed adjustments of about 10 cents on the middle two strings.

    The tuners are pretty much the classic cloverleaf open-gear variety. They tune nicely and they hold great with my flatwounds. If I'm really thumpin with my thumb or plucking with emphasis, they can go out a bit, but nothing I've not encountered on my Thunderbirds or Squiers... For a low-cost bass, the tuners are above par.

    Overall? These are CHEAP for the quality and features. If you can get past the heavy neck and neck dive, these are the way to go. The best bass of which you've probably never heard...

    These really are a 10: but I'd like to end with the smallest thing: I'm a Gibson and Epiphone SG player and have owned two of the Epi EB3s. Without doubt, all of them suffer from having the strap button on the back of the body instead of the horn. The factory position of the upper bout's strap button makes the guitar lean body-forward.

    Why the fuss about the strap button? It's not comfortable on an SG, but the neck is downright huge (34" scale) with a little bitty body, so the neck dives harder than a Thunderbird with a weight on the headstock...

    Be prepared to get better fret-arm muscles! A three-hour gig will definitely work your arm's muscles and your neck! (EB3s are HEAVY like Thunderbirds).

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    Love this bass

    By hs79

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    The EB-3 is comfortable to play, looks great (I have the cherry finish), and sounds good. Mine is very nicely crafted, and I dont feel like playing a cheap instrument with it. Good tuners as well. The only little thing to comment on is a small drop of glue or something at the end of the neck by the neck pickup, but you have to look quite closely to see it, and its nothing I care about (if I did, I could have removed it easily). I almost feel sorry for this bass being so cheap, because I think its worth a lot more.

    Im mainly a guitar player and dont really have other basses to compare with as this is the only one I have played plugged. I find the tone quite powerful and with plenty of low end and thump (which is the most important thing anyway), but it may lack just a little bit in treble/midrange, so I guess it isnt the bass the cuts through in the clearest way in a dense mix or as a solo instrument. But then again, I think this bass was made more for power and blending in well (in everything from jazz/pop to classic and harder rock) than for "Seinfeld" thumb-style solos, funky stuff and general show-offs.

    Regardless of whether Ill buy more basses in the future Ill never sell this one, because I like it a lot. So this bass will always have a place in my collection of guitars.

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    Epiphone EB-3 Electric Bass

    By Thomas Elby

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Excellent bass for the money. Good setup right out of the box. Deep low end. Simple controls.

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    Nice sound, but Heavy.

    By Marc Orfanos

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I have a beautiful Cherry Red EB3. It looks great. The finish is outstanding and the the construction is solid. It sounds really nice too, especially on the low end. The three way switch provides you with a nice range of sound options and when combined with separate tone and volume controls for each of the humbuckers you can pretty much customize the sound that comes through the amp! When I'm sitting down and playing it feels great in my hands. My hands slide up and down the thin neck with ease. Now, my only complaint; It's Heavy. When standing and playing you definitely know you've got a substantial instrument slung over your shoulder! Unless you're wearing a very wide strap, it's going to dig into your shoulder and be uncomfortable. Lastly, however, for the price I have to say that it's a really good deal.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    plays very well and has a good deep sound

    By ken-4nR1c

    from lou ky

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    just bought the ebo3 new and it doesn't want to stay in tune

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    A Very Versatile Bass

    By BassistX

    from Singapore

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Got this in Singapore. A beautiful looker - those devil horns attract attention - onstage n' off. A very versatile bass, three different settings to dial up plus endless combis on two volume and tone pots controlling the pickups - something for every song and setting, but especially so for hard RAWK. Neck dive is an issue for the uninitiated but second the recommendation to get a good thick strap and a gig bag that fits - headstock is a bit oversized. Then again, I'm convinced this bass was meant to be played low slung n' angry. ROCKIN!

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    Great Bass!!!!!

    By John-o50cd

    from Boston

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I wasnt sure how great this bass would be considering I got it for $299. This bass is AWSOME!!! Its solid as a rock, everything about it is great, pick ups are great, and its the same as a Gibson. I feel like Jack Bruce when I play it. I like playing it out of a guitar amp.

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    (5 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


    Pretty much sucks

    By Mahlon Parker

    from Lexington, KY

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Dudes, i dont know what these people who are writing these great reviews are smoking. This bass is a piece of crap. now im sorry to all the epiphone enthusiests out there but this bass just isnt good. i bought this bass and at first im like awsome it looks great, but when i played it, it just sounded like the old cliche "nails on a chalk board" the action is horrible. and when you take the strings off the bridge slides off, and pieces of it will fall off too. the overall quality is bad. it looks awsome but it sounds horrible. so there. oh yeah, just because im from Kentucky doesnt mean i am a redneck hillbilly. i wear shoes, i live in a nice house, and my girlfriend is not my sister or cousin. so there again

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