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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
  • Nickel hardware

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    EpiphoneEB-3 SG Bass
     
    4.4

    (based on 114 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (71)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (25)
    • Good tone (23)
    • Good feel (21)
    • Good pick up (17)
    • Solid electronics (16)

    Cons

    • Fret buzz (9)
    • Craftsmanship (3)
    • Flat sound (3)

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (22)
    • Jamming (20)
    • Small venues (15)
    • Recording (11)
    • Rock concerts (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (16), Professional musician (6), Novice (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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    (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    UNBEATABLE quality

    By Noah Norton

    from wisconsin

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    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.

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Korean Epi EB-3 Bass

    By Joop Traynor

    from Europe

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I have some vintage Fenders basses. I love the way they sound. I will still play them. But the EB3 is a keeper and will be taken on the road.
    Four string, longer scale - 22 frets ( 1 inch longer than my Fender Basses) Gibson SG-model bass guitar. Mudbucker on the neck side and a minibucker at the bridge. 2x volume and 2x tone knobs.
    1x chicken head pickup selector. Solid bridge construction, great for adjusting action and intonation.
    Solid reliable tuners. The Cherry has great vintage looks!
    The Unsung guitar factory in Korea built this EB3 well. Body width 1.77". Nice piece of mahogany with a great cherry finish. It sure looks classy (only the perloid neck inlays are plastic). Its a solid and firm bass. The neck pickup on 10 is too muddy. You have to find your own 'sweet spot' on this bass. Turning back the volume of the bridge pickup a little and set the neck pickup to 4 or 5 you'll get a nice mix. Now you also hear a pleasent audible difference between 1 and 2 on the pickup selector.

    pro's: good sounds are available - lots of sustain - nice playable neck -very well built - great looks

    cons: serious neckdive - bridge bushings has to be superglued into the body (they tend to raise) - the tone pots act like a switch (on or off) - the input jack is mounted on thin piece of mahogany (the cavity of the electronics is just there)
    Big value for little money. Treat this bass well and it will still be there for the next generation.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth every penny

    By Leviathan666

    from Xenia, Oh

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Minor Scratches

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    get me setup

    By recording forever

    from Houston

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    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Very playable, quiet humbuckers, classic old-school sound, wicked looks and long scale neck. Oh, and its easy on the shoulder too!
    Quiet humbuckers, great for studio work! Fast neck, good sustain. This is a straight up workhorse bass.
    The inspection card that was included stated "inspected by 13 Epiphone USA". Well inspector 13 missed the paint drips on the front body next to one of the volume knobs, and the bridge was not set up well. A healthy amount of fret buzz on the E and A string. After looking at it I could tell all it needed was an adjustment on the bridge that I could do myself. My only comment on that would be that if they are going to have a quality checklist, stick to it.
    Even if you might have to have this bass properly set up after purchase, it is still a great value. Its a quality instrument for an entry level price.

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Thank you, Epiphone!

    By Man in Black

    from Branson, Missouri

    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.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great Bass for the price.

        By Zoilo

        from Minneola, Florida

        About Me Experienced

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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.

        (6 of 7 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.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        EB-3 Happy Blues!

        By Phil in Burbank

        from Burbank, California

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        Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

        The EB-3 bass arrived with a broken machine head; but otherwise it is flawless. It is set up great; and the tone is exceptional. I therefore will not return it, it is THAT good! I will simply buy a new machine head and carry on...
        Long neck;
        Gutsy Tambre.
        With one exception... flawless.
        Cherished.

        (5 of 10 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.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Once you start playing it's hard to put down

          By Midd 40

          from Marion Massachusetts

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          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!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fun to play bass for a different sound

          By Bones

          from Santa Cruz, CA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          got one used in good condition but discounting the minor scratches and a minor ding near the strap button the quality of the workmanship was excellent for a bass in this price range. Plays really well and only a minor bit of fret buzz which was easy to get rid of by raising the bridge a bit. Action was really low when i got it so it could easily stand to get raised a fraction. The sound is very bass heavy on the neck pickup by itself. You can dial in a bit more treble by using setting 2 and mixing the volume level and tone of the two pickups. The bridge pickup is very treble sounding - almost too thin. If you turn down the tone on the bridge pickup it sounds better. I am not using the bridge p/u by itself ever - seems to be good for maybe only a few songs. Going forward I could see routing out the cavity and putting in a MM type pickup. Other than that the sound can get very close to Jack Bruce/Cream sound along with good Hard Rock to Heavy Metal sounds. You can dial in an acceptable jazz sound or R&B sound but it's not quite there so I'm using this baby for mostly Cream, Steppenwolf, CCR, etc. Works good for old-time R&R. Nice sleek black finish and chrome hardware gives it a nice dark appeal. Pots and controls work well and are smooth. Tuners are good but make the neck a little heavy so maybe replace with ultralights at some point. The neck does tend to dive so I'm moving the strap button nearer to the neck - almost at the end and move the strap button at the end of the body up an inch. I would also recommend a thick strap with rough leather on your shoulder to keep it from slipping - don't use a web strap as this will just let it neck dive when you let go. I'm hoping once i get lighter tuners and move the strap buttons the issue goes away but i can live with it for now. Well worth the asking price but if you can get one in good condition used it will still be a good deal even with minor cosmetic flaws.

          (4 of 5 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.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Pickups!

          By Buffalo_BiL

          from New Buffalo, MI

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Neck Dive

          Best Uses

          • Soloing

          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          Excellent bass!
          Wonderful treble and wonderful DEEP bass, combined or separate pickup sounds.
          I can play through my Peavey TNT 115 using it's frequency crossover output to patch the higher frequencies through effect pedals then into another amp for soloing, while maintaing the deep bass sounds in the Peavey 115.
          The bridge pickup is so great for amplifying the treble, you can use a pick and shred with your guitarist.
          Then go back to the DEEP sounds of the neck pup, or mix them both!
          This bass has so many tone options.
          Pity that Gibson's afraid to design an upper horn that would bring the shoulder strap above the 12th fret, and fix the neck dive problem.
          However, I've designed my own bolt-on compensator.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          QUALITY AND FINISH

          By JSTJEAN51

          from Greenwood, DE

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          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          I couldn't happier with my Epiphone EB3. I own the Gibson version (SG BASS 2010) and the money saved is well worth it. I like both models but for the price the Epiphone is hard to beat
          Electronics and tuners are responsive and operate well. I think the neck is a bit neck heavy and does not balance well when taking your left hand off of it for a couple of seconds. Just need to be aware or reposition the strap button. I am just going to leave it as it is.
          The quality of materials used are high and look like they will hold up thru time
          Exceptional price and value for the workmanship

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          EB-3 SG Wall Shaker

          By RevGreg

          from Farmington, NM.

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          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          I have been a bass player for 30 years. I own several guitars & basses. I would like to compare the EB-3 to the like priced Mexican made Fender P-bass (which I also own). Ok, the P-bass has a bolt on neck, a single pickup, dot inlay markers on the neck & the neck is un-finished. The Epiphone EB-3 is made in Korea. It has a set & finished neck, mother of pearl trapazoid inlay markers & dual Alinco humbucker pickups. The neck position pickup is hot. It produces tones that will bring down the ceiling plaster. I play through a Fender Bassman 250 with a 4x10 cab & a 1x15 cab & this bass sounds great through it. There is no comparison in the tone between the EB-3 & the P-bass. The Epiphone has a much fuller tone & the tonal variations that can be achieved also do not compare. The P-bass is what it is, a rock solid bass suitable for any ocassion but with no style, class or finnes. It is the working class of electric basses where as the EB-3 has looks, class & a very versitile sound. It can be thick & beefy or thin & crunchy & anything in between. The neck is very playable & fast unlike the half of a baseball bat they put on the P-Bass. The sound of the EB-3 is unbelieveable. I play mine set to shake walls & crumble concrete. Big & beefy with a little snap from the bridge pickup. To sum up, the Epiphone EB-3 is a beautiful looking, sounding & playing bass that is very high quality. You get way more instrument for your money than you do with the equivalent fender model. I like my Fender P-bass but I love my Epiphone EB-3.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          More like the original than Gibson

          By brashfelky

          from Syracuse, NY

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          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          If you look at the original Gibson EB-3, the only difference between it and this bass is the short scale and the lack of a string mute. The new reissue SG by Gibson lacks the electronics and the mute. Some people complain about the sound being muddy, but if you play Humbuckers through a tube amp there's no mud. Get a compressor for your solidstate amp.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A True Rock And Roll Monster

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          First off, Let me say that if you cannot get your hands on an Epiphone EB-3 elitist, this bass is certainly closer to the classic EB-3 of the 60's than the Gibson reissue EXCEPT this bass is a long scale. I'm a rather unorthodox bass player since I started out on guitar, but that experience allows me to play more like Jack Bruce, from Cream who popularized this bass. Aside from obvious complains (Neck dives, lack of slapping ability) this bass is extremely versatile and can produce great tones. The Neck pick-up allows you to fill up room in the back without standing out. If you stop playing, they will notice.The neck pick-up produces amazing highs considering the fact it is a mini HUMBUCKER compared with fender single coils. I tend to run my bass with a bit of fuzz since I can't afford a marshall tube head, and this bass can rock out to ANYTHING! The neck has a GREAT feel, making almost anything comfortable, and its length (gotta have that 22nd fret) open up so many possiblities. If Rock is your style and standing out from the norm, this bass is for you. If you're smaller, I heavily reccomend the short scale EB-0. Either way, you won't be disapointed. If you aren't getting the same results I am, you need to upgrade something in your signal path/amplifier. Jack Bruce Forever!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid Bass Solid Value

          By Colby Louis

          from ATX

          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          Good solid value. Great tone. Great Looks. If you want rock, and are a little disappointed in the MIM Fenders you've seen, give this one a shot.
          Dual pickups, for various tone option, although I just use the mud bucker.
          Finish was perfect, everything works as expected, and the feel is fantastic. My only gripe is that the tone and volume knobs, as well as the pickup selector are cheap flimsy plastic, as is the control plate cover on the back. Neither tone knob wants to stay on, so I imagine I will be replacing them very soon and with better adhesive than the Epiphone factory. Neck and frets are comfortable (Not a big jazz bass guy, so some might find it a bit thick)
          This is my second bass, and a vest improvement from first. I began shopping for a p bass, but everyone that I played in a store needed a pretty serious set up and the finishes were thin and rather bland. On a whim, I ordered this one from MF and fell in love with it as soon as I plugged it in. The tone is thick and muddy on the neck pick up, and bright at the bridge. It only needed a bit of a neck tweak out of the box, and the action was set a comfortable height. New strings, and it's good to go. The ebony finish is gorgeous, and the look and feel is pure rock and roll. Does it dive? Yes, but I can deal with that when it gives me the tone I want at almost 1/2 the price of what I was originally looking at. Is it a P? No, but to me, it seems to be a better value

          (3 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Absolutely INCREDIBLE!

          By Ron Clewett

          from Prescott AZ.

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          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          This is the only review you need to read... This bass is a piece of junk. You get what you pay for, and this thing is no exception. Honestly, I bought another one about 4 years ago (in cherry) and it was awesome. It was a surprise and I loved it.... Well, I sold it recently and regretted it. So I bought another one (black this time)... What a difference! It was so cheaply made I couldn't believe my eyes. I opened it expecting to see the same cool bass I unvailed 4 years ago! POW! What a disappoint. I could see the thin, cheap coated finish right though the black instantly. Meaning the wood grain texture was showning through in rendom spots, and it was just unbelievably cheap looking. I kind of sank!!! On top of that, the rosewood part of the neck was knarled up, and there were chunks chipped out of it on the edges. I thought to myself~ are you kidding me! To top that off, it came in damaged with a huge chunk taken out of the back side... Ok, out of curiosity, I checked it out thoroughly~ this thing is put together like you'd expect to get for the price. Pure~ and I mean PURE piece of junk. It's not worth $50. I wouldn't want it in my collection if it was free. In fact, I wouldn't have it you paid me $1000. to put it in my house. That should tell you what you need to know... Looks like a plastic kids bass that wants to fantisize... On the possitive side (which is giving trash justice) It looks good~ FROM A DISTANCE... In a nut-shell~ it's a good looking piece of junk... Take a professional opinion's advise. Send this firewood back to China and tell em' where to shove it. How anyone could give this poor excuse to music a good rating is beyond my comprehension???

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

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