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A big-sounding 30-1/2"-scale bass for smaller players.

Authorized by Gibson, with the EB-0 Electric Bass, Epiphone has brought back a classic bass guitar of the early '60s. Based on the SG, this guitar-sized (30-1/2" scale) electric bass is a great axe for anyone not quite large enough for a full-size bass. Though small and light, the Epiphone EB-0 Bass has huge sound, and full-size people can play it too.

FEATURES
  • Re-creation of a '60s classic authorized by Gibson
  • Based on the SG with 30-1/2" scale
  • Great axe for anyone not quite large enough for a full-sized bass
  • Small and light
  • Sidewinder Humbucker Pickups
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Nut Width: 1.50"
  • Mahogany, Bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Dot inlay
  • Mahogany body

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EpiphoneEB-0 Electric Bass
 
4.3

(based on 158 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

  • Flat sound (3)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Recording (7)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A 40 year itch!

I had a late 60's Gibson EB-O stolen in the early 70"s and I have had an itch that needed to be scratched ever since. Vintage Gibsons are totally out of my...Read complete review

I had a late 60's Gibson EB-O stolen in the early 70"s and I have had an itch that needed to be scratched ever since. Vintage Gibsons are totally out of my price range and Gibson no longer makes the short scale EB-O so It had to be an Epipi. The original 3 point bridge is spotty at best and the pick-up weak, so I changed it out for a DiMarzio dp120 Model One from MF and a Hipshot Truetone bridge. After as couple of hours at my local wizard luthier and a set of DP flat wound strings... I now have a truly amazing short scale wonder! The basic guitar is very well made and straight ... my luthier actually told me he thinks it is better made than most of the Gibsons he sees these days, so for way less than the big boys, I now have the base of my dreams again!
Thanks Musician Friend!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

An easy fix to a known flaw - Vast improvement now

A Bass problem Solved.Many basses Particularly the Epiphone Eb-0 and Gibson EB basses.. But other basses also can have this problem especially short scaled ones. The problem is when the cotton or...Read complete review

A Bass problem Solved.Many basses Particularly the Epiphone Eb-0 and Gibson EB basses.. But other basses also can have this problem especially short scaled ones. The problem is when the cotton or metal windings are resting over the bridge saddle. I have searched extensively over the internet and found no easy solution that would not require machine tooling and hard to find parts. What you need is a spacer that will go down the strings...and will stop at the Ball/Ring end. I came up with a very easy fix that anyone can do.. All you need are Steel 8-32 Nut?s. The Type a screw goes into. The Size is based in USA.. So foreign sized may be different.. If so just bring you ?E? string to you hardware store and try out different sizes until you land one that fits as I initially did. I found I only needed one or 2 nut?s and that moved back the windings so only the string part rested on the Saddle. The amount of nut?s needed may vary depending on the type of strings so just in case buy 5 nut per string and your covered. They cost less than 10 cents each.If using an Epiphone EB0 bass I spoke with Epiphone to find out the Gauge strings the Bass was designed and setup for: They told me to use: E: .105 A: .080 D: .065 G: .045 .If buying a new Epiphone please trust me one this.. Change the strings!!! I could not find and exact match but the closest I found in gauge were all the same except for the A string being .085 in a set of Ernie Ball Hybrid slinky roundwounds - which worked perfectly.

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(29 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Little Dynamo Bass

By Toledo Bob

from Washington State near Canada

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Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

I have been playing bass professionally since I was 16. Getting close to retirement now. So its been a lot of years. I cannot remember how many bass guitars I have bought, traded and sold. I picked up this little bass, frankly, because the years have taken a toll on my hands. I also have a Fender 5 string J bass that has become just too painful to play beyond a set or two. I wanted a smaller scale. I am so estatic with this bass. It is everything I was looking for and at an unbelieveable price to boot. It arrived to my door already set up and intonated as well as I could do myself. I did change strings but I do that with any new guitar even if the last owner just put new strings on the day before I bought it. Sure, its a one humbucker pickup rig with only two knobs. If you're looking for impressive switches and lots of extra knobs, better look somewhere else. I run this guitar through my G-K bass amp and it will shake the world. The sound is a nice full fat butted one that goes perfectly with my music. Using a pick adds a nice percussive effect too. This little one will pump up the drive and get those dancers out on the floor. I've seen it myself. If you are looking for "sexy" you might want to look at something different. You want a bass that will do the job and rule the air without any frills this is your baby. My J bass now is shut lovingly away in its hard case and this one's in the gig bag. Epi scored on this one for me. BTW- I read all the "complaints" about this bass in other reviews. Seems to me like all of those issues could be solved with a little common sense and imagination. But I'll not reveal any trade secrets here today... Blues on Ya.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Short-scale Bass Guitar

By Daniel Schona

from Los Angles, CA

Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

In my life I`ve had tested and bought many basses since i was 14 (I have a Fender Jazz Bass and a Mustang Bass, a Squier Precision Bass, a Ibanez Grs200, and a Rickenbacker 4001)
and the bass i liked the most in finish and sound was the Epiphone Eb-0 Bass,
Because of it`s price, it`s amazing SG shape, it`s short-scale, it`s comfortably
to play it and it`s amazing great sound. The only thing i dislike is that it only comes with one humbucker. Totally recomended for the ones who want quality for less price.,
It`s a short-scale bass, has 20 medium frets, comes in cherry and in ebony, has one big great sounding humbucker, 1 volume and 1 tone controls, a fully adjustable bridge, it`s small and also very light and comfotable and has Epiphone Limited Warranty. The pickguard, that most basses do not have makes it a piece of fine art and quality.
When you first look the bass on internet it is not a as beautiful as when you have it and see it the store. It`s very well made and also has an amazing finish in the headstock and in the body, and It also has an amazing SG shape.
For the finish, the features, the sound and warranty, it`s an exellent price for this bass.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Buy this Bass

By Jake

from Glasgow, KY

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Needs Setup On Arrival

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

I bought one of these back in 2008 and ended up trading it and never really forgave myself for it. But I've recently gotten another one and still love this bass. The neck is slim, great for smaller players and this bass plays like a guitar (feels like one too). Its light and moves well but where it really pleases me is the tones, they aren't sharp its more of a smooth quality to the tones but that little pickup has got some range. With a good bass head you can make some shelving adjustments and REALLY see what this bass will do, and you wont be disappointed. Don't let the price of this fool you, if you spend the extra cash and drop a DiMarzio DP 145 in this thing it will rival any gibson on the shelf. Best low range price bass guitar out there, period.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great price great bass

By GuitarZero84

from Knoxville, Tn

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Ease of Use
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great looking
  • Neck Size

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Learning
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    I bought this as my first bass guitar. I have been playing guitar for over 15 years now and wanted to branch out. I bought this for recording purposes and needed s cheap bass that sounded good enough to back up my guitar. I got the bass, tuned it, plugged it in and started jamming.

    Being that it is a shorter neck it was easier to transition from my les Paul standard to this SG styled bass. I have been recording and have had zero problems. If I do find any, the bridge, neck, and pickup are all adjustable. Great bass!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A 40 year itch!

    By Bubba Mojo

    from Fair Oaks, CA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    I had a late 60's Gibson EB-O stolen in the early 70"s and I have had an itch that needed to be scratched ever since. Vintage Gibsons are totally out of my price range and Gibson no longer makes the short scale EB-O so It had to be an Epipi. The original 3 point bridge is spotty at best and the pick-up weak, so I changed it out for a DiMarzio dp120 Model One from MF and a Hipshot Truetone bridge. After as couple of hours at my local wizard luthier and a set of DP flat wound strings... I now have a truly amazing short scale wonder! The basic guitar is very well made and straight ... my luthier actually told me he thinks it is better made than most of the Gibsons he sees these days, so for way less than the big boys, I now have the base of my dreams again!
    Thanks Musician Friend!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Short Scale Bass for Those Who Know Bass

    By Jimithy

    from Terre Haute

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    OK. I see a lot of people posting crap like "not loud, tone sucks" and so on. I've been playing professionally for the last 12 years. A lot of the problems addressed are amp related. I love this bass so much that I actually bought a second one. My first one was used and it was kinda through the ringer before I got a hold of it. My band played a lot of 50s and 60s rock. Recently we've been playing more 70s and 80s so I needed something with more balls than my Hofner. I have small hands and Fender Basses are too much neck for me. This bass has a great rock tone, perfect for Bad Company and stuff like that. That being said, this bass is not perfect out of the box, but I don't know a guitar that is. You will need to have it professionally set up. Have a pro set the intonation, the action will probably need to be lowered, etc. This is something I've had to have done to all my guitar, even my American Made Tele. Overall, this is a great bass for beginers or for those of us pros who are on a budget and have tiny girly hands.

    (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    An easy fix to a known flaw - Vast improvement now

    By Ed-8.eO4

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    A Bass problem Solved.Many basses Particularly the Epiphone Eb-0 and Gibson EB basses.. But other basses also can have this problem especially short scaled ones. The problem is when the cotton or metal windings are resting over the bridge saddle. I have searched extensively over the internet and found no easy solution that would not require machine tooling and hard to find parts. What you need is a spacer that will go down the strings...and will stop at the Ball/Ring end. I came up with a very easy fix that anyone can do.. All you need are Steel 8-32 Nut?s. The Type a screw goes into. The Size is based in USA.. So foreign sized may be different.. If so just bring you ?E? string to you hardware store and try out different sizes until you land one that fits as I initially did. I found I only needed one or 2 nut?s and that moved back the windings so only the string part rested on the Saddle. The amount of nut?s needed may vary depending on the type of strings so just in case buy 5 nut per string and your covered. They cost less than 10 cents each.If using an Epiphone EB0 bass I spoke with Epiphone to find out the Gauge strings the Bass was designed and setup for: They told me to use: E: .105 A: .080 D: .065 G: .045 .If buying a new Epiphone please trust me one this.. Change the strings!!! I could not find and exact match but the closest I found in gauge were all the same except for the A string being .085 in a set of Ernie Ball Hybrid slinky roundwounds - which worked perfectly.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good bass but it needs modifications.

    By Chain

    from Hamilton

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    After you change the nut or machine it for flat wound strings or just about any replacement heavier gaged strings and upgrade the pickup you will have one of the nicest bass's for playing loud, heavy, fast music. The shorter neck makes a huge difference. Sounds awesome through an Ampeg stack with a 66 vintage Humbucker. Before the changes it was just good for practicing, good for a beginner, really inexpensive and looks cool but needs these changes if your in any way serious.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Just right for use.

    By Rick H.

    from New Jersey

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

      I do quite a lot of recording. My main instrment is guitar with a decent ability on keyboards. I have been working with midi both in my home studio and live on gigs for more than 20 years now and have been playing professionally (full time and part time) for about 40 years now. Most of the time I do my bass parts on a midi keyboard using sounds from several different digitally sampled sources or in the past used a nice Guild bass that I borrowed from a friend. My friend moved a few years ago and I have been forced to settle for the midi bass approach. Recently I became fed up with the fact that I just struggled to get the bass feel I really wanted using a keyboard. I decided to buy a bass. I own several Epiphone guitars and am impressed with their quality and reasonable price. I bought this bass and immediately took it home and used it plugged through an Alesis tube pre-amp into my Tascam 24 track. The sound was really deep and clear. I didn't touch the EQ while recording and only tweeked it a little while mixing. The bass was just what I was hoping for. It played great with nice action and has a solid well made feel. I use an Alesis SR 18 drum machine on most recordings and the tone of this bass works well with sampled Alesis kick drums. For something that will never leave my home studio it is the perfect bass choice for me.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Had to send the first one back

      By 50's Rocker

      from Bella Vista, AR

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good finish
      • Good Tone
      • Good value
      • Lighter than most 8 lbs
      • Short scale

      Cons

      • a little neck heavy

      Best Uses

      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

      Musician's Friend quickly replaced a defective bass. Since I'm primarily a guitar player, I wanted a short scale bass. There are few options out there. When the first EB-0 arrived, I spent a couple of hours setting it up. Neck, bridge, and intonation all were way out, and a deal breaker 12th fret buzz just wouldn't go away. When I went to adjust the bridge, the screw anchor pulled up from the body of the guitar. Back in the box and a call to MF customer service. They took care of me, and a new one arrived a week later.

      I'm satisfied with this EB-0. It's not a high quality bass, but a good value for the money. Good tone, easy playability with new flat wounds that I installed, looks good, decent tone (after adjusting the pick up). After the first gig, people came up to me and said that they liked the looks and tone of the new bass. The "old" bass is an entry level Hofner.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Newby bass player

      By Jungle Joe

      from Costa Rica

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      Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

      I've been playing 6 and 12 string guitar and mandolin for over ten years and the band has a need for a bass now. I bought this bass in San Jose Costa Rica and have been practicing and play a few songs in the band. This is a comfortable bass to play, has all the umph I need and sounds like a...well, a bass. All this tech talk about looks, scale length, weight, color, set up and such. Man, just play the thing and enjoy the music.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWSOME

      By fendersforlife618

      from Seneca, SC

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      Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

      I love this bass. I bought mine at alocal music store. The only thing I don't like about it is Short Scale i've never really like short scale basses but this is a great and awsome bass I would recomend this bass to anyone old young beginner of expert.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Diamond-in-the-Rough for 200 bucks

      By IGotYourBackBroPro

      from Bay Area, CA

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      Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

      I'm gettin' old and playin' bass in a 'casual' band with a Fender P was gettin' old, too. I wanted a easier shorter scale for obvious reasons and I didn't want one of those 'zoomer sparkle goobly' lookin' things that the 'tattoo nipple ring' set goes for. So I was thinking I'd have to spring for a $1000+ Gibson and then I played this Epipy EBO at the local Guitar Center and I was in love. I knew it'd need some set-up but for 200 bucks, this puppy had some serious potential and I was right. A new set of strings, truss-rod adjustment, bridge adjustment, intonation and this thing plays like butter. I'm no longer 'the old grumpy guy' in my band and, sorry guys, I sold my expensive P-Bass to a 'tattoo nipple ring' punk (rocker) for what I paid for it way back when. Meanwhile, I love playin' my new bass a lot.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pleasantly surprised

      By Rockingeezer

      from Chippewa falls Wi

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

          In 1971 my parents gave me a Gibson EB0 for graduation. Though it was my first guitar of any kind, I thought it was great (wish I still had it!). I just bought this Epiphone EB0 a couple weeks ago, and it's almost like homecoming. It plays beautifully, has good action, sounds great and is easy to play...good point as my wife is learning to play this too. Even though it only has one pickup, I do like the sound, however treble-y percussive attacks don't happen. Rich, full wall rattling bass is what it does best. Just ordered an Ampeg Micro CL to go with it. All told, I really like this bass, and it was a terrific deal too!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love my 4string

          By playitonabass

          from Cleveland, Ga

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Jazz Tone
          • Sexyness
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Not balanced

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

          Vintage look, simple design, light, sounds great clean or with a distortion.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Bass

          By Mac Pate

          from Jackson, Mississippi

          Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

          Great Rock bass.
          It's a great bass if your looking for a low rock sound. I play a wide range of music from Jazz to Classic Rock. I've been in a few bands and been threw a number of basses but never have i had one that is this good of quality for this little amount of money. If it we me now i would buy the version with two pickups just because you have a wider range of sound. Still a great bass for Rock.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This thing is amazing!

          By BigJake88

          from Illinois

          Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

          I recently started playing bass, and was looking for a starter bass that didn't look like a starter bass. This thing is amazing! My bass instructor keeps trying to get me to sell it to him! It sounds great, plays great and I don't think I will ever part with this wonderful guitar.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Bad bass

          By bassguy

          from california

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Cheap
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Diving Neck
          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Display
          • None At All

          Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

          This was my first bass and didnt know what to expect, some days later i notices that i couldnt get a good tone and that the pickup was really microphonic, i really hated its tone compared to friends basses like jazz or p and thunderbird, i sold it and saved more and bought a thunderbird which conviced me the most.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A Welcome Choice In Tone

          By Thomas777

          from GA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

          Loved the feel but not the tone. I rewired it to early 60's Gibson EB-0 specs and the tone was way better but it still sounds kind of odd by it's self. However it fit right in to a recorded mix vey well. Deffinately a welcome change from the current dime-a-dozen modern bass tone! (Even Justin Chancelor from Tool has commented that his studio tone sounds good in the mix but strange by it's self). This is the perfect instument for those looking for a unique voice in the electric bass world. Just understand that you may need to stay open to some tweeking. Whether that be an inexpensive mod like the one I did or something more like a pickup swap. Dimarzio makes a good direct replacement that's available here on Musicians Friend.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Little Bass

          By Budrow Wilson

          from Chicago

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          Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

          I have owned two of these and learned something. The first one I bought used it came in the EB0 starter package. This one was super cheap it had a veneered laminated multi ply body and really cheap tuners. The second one was $199 and this is not the same guitar. This one has a mahogany body and better tuners. I got this as a stage backup for my Gibson SG bass. It is solid and reliable. It stays in tune fairly well. I did one small modification and that was to add a capacitor to the tone pot. Before that the tone control did almost nothing. The action on mine was very adjustable and I have it setup to my liking. I think this is the bass for you if you want to get a feel for the Gibson short scale SG basses it also makes a great stage backup bass in case you break a string or something.

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