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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic!

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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  • 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 111 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Good feel (18)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (6), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth every penny

For the money you just can't go wrong with this bass. Lets start at the top, the tuning keys are outstanding open gear tuners that are heavy duty and make tuning a snap....Read complete review

For the money you just can't go wrong with this bass. Lets start at the top, the tuning keys are outstanding open gear tuners that are heavy duty and make tuning a snap. The neck has great fretwork with no snags or sharp points and is easy to adjust, should it ever be necessary. Mine had already been tweaked to perfection and the intonation was also, surprisingly, perfect. It has the typical Gibson neck so it has infinite sustain and if you have ever played another one there won't be any shockers is store for you. The pickups are also excellent and if you feel like channeling your inner Jack Bruce and want that classic Cream sound you will have it in spades by soloing the sidewinder in the neck. However, and unlike the EB-0 that Jack used back in the day, if you want more top end snarl the mini bucker at the bridge provides it nicely and makes the guitar much more versatile than the EB-0 ever was. The 3 point bridge is easy to adjust and my only gripe is that, should you ever have to adjust the intonation, the adjustment screws are located under the string so I think it might be a pain to deal with. The electronics are pretty solid with a well shielded cavity, tidily bundled wiring and good solid solder work through out. I think they would have been better served if they had put better volume/tone pots in this axe as the taper is very short but they are solid so I don't think I'll be replacing them unless it becomes a problem later on. As for the fit and finish mine is the ebony model and it did have some minor scuff marks on the back that looked like it had been slid briefly over cardboard but you would really have to look the guitar over closely to see them and anyone in the audience will surely never be aware . Also there was some sort of fluid that had been slopped on the neck but a good scrubbing with some Ernie Ball fretboard clean and prep made short work of it. I don't know what type of strings it had but I didn't care for them so I put a set of DR Neon White strings on this thing and they really pop on stage and make the bass look like it has a tux on. Over all it is a fantastic buy with only a little neck dive that keeps it from being perfect as a rock bass. I have many many basses and some of them that cost two or three times what this does were not this nice or playable right out of the box so my recommendation is buy this bass, you won't regret it. Epiphone also sells the fitted case for this thing that is wonderful and just makes it that much classier for very little money invested. So whether you are looking for your first bass or you're an old road musician like myself you just can't find a better deal than with the EB-3 and Epiphone really knocked this one outta the park.

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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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5.0

Great bass

By Pablo Ruiz

from Zadar, Croatia

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Great bass, rounded tone. I love it!

     
    3.0

    Good after rework

    By Bruce

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Looks Cool
    • Low price

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Top heavy

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    After I adjusted the truss rod and bridge height to my liking, I discovered the bass had a low fret which caused the first note on each fret to buzz. I think I could have gotten Epiphone to fix this under warranty but I ended up paying a repair guy to rework the frets so there was no buzzing.
    Also, the bass is top heavy. Attaching the strap to the top of the horn helps a little but it's still too top heavy. It helps if you use a non slip strap that grips your shoulder. The best solution is to loop thin black ribbon around the 13th fret and tie this to your strap or tie the strap to the top of the neck. Also, you'll need a case - Epiphone makes a case for this, the EB3CS.

     
    5.0

    eb-3sg bass

    By Rebel

    from kentucky

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

      good bass,worth the money

       
      4.0

      very good product

      By gj

      from la

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

      Started playing bass in the early 60's had quite a few different basses, bought this bass in 2009 have the matte finish in red. when I first got it I had to do some work on it, strap holder, neck adjustment and sound controls had to be tweeked to get that problem with e string solved.I play twice a week and love this guitar it stays tuned very well even temp changes. I think every guitar needs to be set up properly for all musicians to their liking. My buddy owns the Gibson eg 3 that I sold him 40 years ago, will match this one up any day. It truly is a great sounding guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Minor setup issue

      By Jim

      from Pleasant Hill , Missouri

      About Me Novice

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      Verified Buyer

      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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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).

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          (4 of 6 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.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Thank you, Epiphone!

            By Man in Black

            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.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great Bass for the price.

                By Zoilo

                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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