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Like the guitar, the SG bass has been one of rock's defining instruments. This reproduction is true to the Gibson original”light, fast, and loaded wi...Read More

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Like the guitar, the SG bass has been one of rock's defining instruments. This reproduction is true to the Gibson original”light, fast, and loaded with a Sidewinder humbucker and a mini-humbucker to give it tonal power, and a set neck to give it the sustain that made the original famous. Limited lifetime warranty.

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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 107 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (8)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (15)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Thank you, Epiphone!

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...Read complete review

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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Great Bass for the price.

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...Read complete review

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Minor setup issue

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from Pleasant Hill , Missouri

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

This was a return item. No one had purchased it for a month so I thought I would take a chance on it. I have owned an Epiphone EB before and this one is much better quality. I'm primarily a Fender fretless person, but I know that this model seems to have kind of a unique sound. It was in beautiful condition, however it did have some fret buzz. This was not a big issue to me since I take new guitars to a professional and have them set up anyway.. The tech said that he "tweaked " the neck , bridge and one of the pickups. No longer have any fret buzz and it feels really good to play. Like everyone says , this model really does have a significant neck dive, but I just be careful and deal with it.....no problem. I like this version better than the short neck ones and I am slowly familiarizing myself with the control combinations. Overall, I think I got a very good bass for the money.......time will tell

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great bass for the money

By 

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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good low end bass

      By 

      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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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Don't buy it. Get the Viola

      By 

      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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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Thank you, Epiphone!

        By 

        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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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great Bass for the price.

            By 

            from Minneola, Florida

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            Ask me a question

            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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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Low quality, need upgrading

            By 

            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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Enjoying it and love it

            By 

            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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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Bass, but not for everyone.

            By 

            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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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Once you start playing it's hard to put down

            By 

            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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