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Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass  

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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 pl...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      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.

      FEATURES
      • 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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      EB-3 SG Bass

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      EpiphoneEB-3 SG Bass
       
      4.4

      (based on 106 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (68)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (25)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      86%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Fun to play (19)
      • Good tone (16)
      • Good feel (15)
      • Good pick up (12)
      • Solid electronics (12)

      Cons

      • Fret buzz (7)
      • Flat sound (3)

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (16)
      • Jamming (14)
      • Small venues (8)
      • Recording (6)
      • Rock concerts (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      UNBEATABLE quality

      I am a bass player of 20 + years. My first bass was a pawn-shop find of a 72 Gibson EB3 L (slotted headstock) which is a very similar instrument. This is another...Read complete review

      I am a bass player of 20 + years. My first bass was a pawn-shop find of a 72 Gibson EB3 L (slotted headstock) which is a very similar instrument. This is another story. I also had a cheap, old Epiphone Accu-Bass and it is impossible to believe that the same company built the EB-3. This was 20 years ago and was probably built in a different factory. The EB-3 combines great craftsmanship with faithful, classic style of the the 60's/70's Gibson line. It is extremely fun to play... a long and slender neck with full access to the upper register makes the EB-3 a blast. The neck feels a lot like the old Gibson necks... and I suppose also a bit like a Fender Jazz at the nut.. but not at all like bass necks with a flatter, more modern profile. I like this a lot.
      I bought this bass because I was looking for a quality, inexpensive bass to play in my gigging band that I wouldn't have to worry about bringing to bars. Simply put, I am blown away at the quality of the Epiphone EB-3. It sounds, looks, and plays wonderfully. I expect to have this bass for a long long time.
      There has been much debate regarding the Gibson and/or Epiphone pickups and bridge quality... Personally, I don't see the problem. Pickups offer a wide selection of tones and the bridge is simple yet stable. Bridge set up can be a bit difficult as the bridge pickup is in the way of the saddle adjustment screws. The 3 point bridge is interesting... it works fine but does not have the ease of adjustability that a Fender style bridge has.
      Pickups: I love these. Talk about Growl. A lot has been said about these "mudbuckers"... they are unique sounding for sure... I find them distinct, punchy, articulate and versatile. They are also somewhat microphonic, which I do not find to be a bad thing.
      Unbeatable quality. Flawless paint job, wonderful inlay work, clean route-jobs... really a fantastic instrument. The Chinese factory that crafted this instrument is really doing a great job challenging Gibson in the Finish department... look out!
      The nut is cheap, but works. The tuners are fine...they feel solid and work great. For the money, I am certainly not complaining, but they certainly are not top of the line. Easily upgraded.
      This beast is SOLID Mahogany with a set neck and I can't see a single flaw. Wonderfully crafted.
      Faithful to the original Gibson EB-3, this model neckdives like the best of them.... just be aware that the bass behaves this way and don't take your hand off the neck!
      As stated above, I am thrilled at the quality of this instrument for the price. Yes, it is made in China, but it rivals the quality of most American basses that I have used in the past at a fraction of the cost. These are NOT the cheap, poorly made beginner instruments of the past. The rosewood on the fingerboard is not of the same quality as you would expect on the Gibson version, but these cosmetic descripencies are overshadowed by the cheap price. I do not believe that you will find a better value for your money than the EB-3. Mahogany body and neck (set neck) and quality electronics trump all of the other basses in this price range. If you like the look and feel of the Gibson basses of old, this one is for you.

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      Don't buy it. Get the Viola

      The sound is very uneven, the E sounds dead while the D is louder than all of the strings put together. It needs a setup every month or so, which is WAY too...Read complete review

      The sound is very uneven, the E sounds dead while the D is louder than all of the strings put together. It needs a setup every month or so, which is WAY too often. It sounds flat and toneless with either flats or rounds, i've tried both several times. I've played it through a Hartke A100, TC Electronic BG250, and an SVT stack. Sounded equally as horrid on all of them. The bridge will fall apart on you without a doubt.
      If you plan to upgrade the living heck out of it, you could probably pull it off. The stock material is horrible so don't bother unless you got the extra money to put into it.
      I would, however, reccomend the Epiphone Viola bass for the same price. I have both and the Viola sounds oh so good. It's my favorite bass to play in fact. So go try that puppy out and tell me I didn't change your mind.

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      4.0

      Great bass for the money

      By Dave Smith

      from Rhode Island

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          I own 6 bass guitars, including an old Ric and a Hofner. I switch out every four or so months depending on my interest/boredom. This is a solid bass with a great sound, a favorite of my band mates. Unless you're a purist, you don't need to spend the extra money for the "Gibson" nameplate. (Yes, the Ric sounds better, but I'm a little paranoid about it "disappearing" so I don't use it on gigs much).

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          4.0

          Good low end bass

          By Hub

          from Kansas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Old School Tone
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • E String Sounds Muffled
          • top heavy

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          Neck has a nice feel and is comfortable to play. Two main complaints: 1. The E-String sounds a bit dead while the rest of the strings have a good response. 2. The bass and neck are top-heavy. Let go of the neck while you are standing and it takes a nosedive if you have a slick strap.

          Still and all this is a nice instrument for the price.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Don't buy it. Get the Viola

          By Doot

          from Charlotte, NC

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Eneven Sound
            • Flat Sound
            • Poor Pick Up
            • Super Neck Dive

            Best Uses

            • Decoration

            Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

            The sound is very uneven, the E sounds dead while the D is louder than all of the strings put together. It needs a setup every month or so, which is WAY too often. It sounds flat and toneless with either flats or rounds, i've tried both several times. I've played it through a Hartke A100, TC Electronic BG250, and an SVT stack. Sounded equally as horrid on all of them. The bridge will fall apart on you without a doubt.
            If you plan to upgrade the living heck out of it, you could probably pull it off. The stock material is horrible so don't bother unless you got the extra money to put into it.
            I would, however, reccomend the Epiphone Viola bass for the same price. I have both and the Viola sounds oh so good. It's my favorite bass to play in fact. So go try that puppy out and tell me I didn't change your mind.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Thank you, Epiphone!

            By kvnstfrd

            from Branson, MO

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                Thank you, Epiphone for making a long scale (34") version of this bass. I've always loved the looks of the EB-3, but hated the short scale.
                The neck pickup of the EB-3 has long been known as the "mud-bucker" and really isn't suited for those who want a modern, bright sounding tone. But if you want to use both pickups together, raise the bridge pickup closer to the strings and you'll have much better tone in the #2 position.
                Another issue with all EB bass models, as well as SG guitar models, is that the neck strap button will need to be moved to the upper horn to keep the instrument from trying to dive and face the floor. Any EB or SG player knows this. (Google a picture of Toni Iommi and see where his strap is attached.) An easy fix if you're experienced in guitar mods, and a cheap fix at your local music store. I also tweaked the truss rod a bit to my own taste. But that's with any guitar. Overall, one of my best purchases.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great Bass for the price.

                By Zoilo

                from Minneola, Florida

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                I bought this bass in 2009 just to have a bass to practice with. When it arrived I was surprised how nice the paint job was and how nice and shiny the chrome hardware was for an instrument that cost so little. For that price I didn't expect much. I experimented with different set ups and found that it plays best with a lot of relief in the neck. The bridge pick up needed to be adjusted to get the sound even between the four strings. Eventually I got it to the point where it plays and sounds pretty good. This would make a good first bass for a student or a good spare for a veteran musician. I've had this SG for 5 years and it's a keeper.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Low quality, need upgrading

                By t. truck

                from Oslo, Norway

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play

                Cons

                • Flat Sound
                • Fret Buzz
                • Poor Pick Up

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                It sounds odd but kinda nice, very vintage lo-fi. A bit boomy in a good way. BIG problem is that volume between strings is uneven. This is a major flaw. The E string sounds dead. Also, the tuners don't work. So you need to upgrade those in order to play for more than 2 minutes without losing tune. The neck has a lot of dead spots. Be prepared to spend a lot of money upgrading. I have replaced tuners, brigde, pickup and strings.

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                4.0

                Enjoying it and love it

                By Dan

                from Charlotte, NC

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                I have enjoyed the guitar and have played it almost every day. There have been no problems.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Bass, but not for everyone.

                By Lawrence Smith

                from Columbus Ohio

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics
                • That 60s And 70s Tone

                Cons

                • Neck heavy

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                This bass is great at getting that late 60s to mid-70s tone. If you like Mountain, Cream, Roxy Music and Hot Tuna, this bass through an amp with a little overdrive will kill it every time. Not really the bass if playing funk or more modern sounds. This is a club and arena rock beast.

                This bass needs to be set-up properly. I have yet to find one that comes out of the factory set-up right. The often complained about fret buzz is not a design flaw in these basses. Make sure the bridge AND truss rod are adjusted for your comfort. If you are getting too much buzz, adjust the truss rod to get the right amount of neck-relief to stop the buzzing. If you don't know how to adjust it yourself, get it to a shop because it is easy to overdo it and ruin the instrument.

                If you do this, this bass should be extremely easy to play, and sound amazing.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Once you start playing it's hard to put down

                By Midd 40

                from Marion Massachusetts

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 60 Styles Neck Very Easy To Play
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Heritage Cherry Is Absolutely Gorgeous
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • A Slight Fret Buzz Add A Little Pressure It Goes Away

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                This base is actually easier to play than my 4001 Ricky. The 60's streamlined knack is so smooth an fast. I would highly recommend this bass for anyone from a novice to professional.And it looks great!

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                5.0

                Love my new bass.

                By Luke

                from Hastings, MI

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                  I decided it was time for something new, so I set aside my old Gibson and got this new Epiphone. I was delighted with it's performance. It's a little lighter and very smooth to play. Love it.

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