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Does anyone like the 2017 EB bass?

#1 User is offline   Allenjason95 

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 05:27 PM

I have no idea how they play but those are some of the ugliest basses I've ever seen IMO. I have a 2013 EB which I love but I don't think those sold well. The new ones are just ridiculous looking though. Does anyone know how the new ones are selling?
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Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:16 PM

View PostAllenjason95, on 22 March 2017 - 05:27 PM, said:

I have no idea how they play but those are some of the ugliest basses I've ever seen IMO. I have a 2013 EB which I love but I don't think those sold well. The new ones are just ridiculous looking though. Does anyone know how the new ones are selling?


I REALLY LIKE the white ones...If I had not just bought another Gibson bass, I would buy an EB4 now.Posted Image
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Posted 26 March 2017 - 01:45 PM

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I REALLY LIKE the white ones...If I had not just bought another Gibson bass, I would buy an EB4 now.Posted Image


Are you talking about the 2017s? I haven't seen one in white.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 05:32 PM

I think the 2017 is pretty ugly also. I bought a 2014 EB 5 String about a year ago. I really liked it, but only occasionally use a five string. I started gassing for a 4 string & picked one up about a month ago. It is a great bass that you can use for just about any kind of playing style. The new one is really the same, just ugly. Also, it only comes with a gig bag, I wouldn't care for that.

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 03:36 PM

I agree that the previous EB is a much better looking bass, but I don't think the new one is actually ugly - it just doesn't look like a Gibson to me... When the previous model came out, there were a lot of negative comments about the looks of it too; not on the forum, but on Gibson.com. A lot of the comments seemed almost idiotic; probably from people who have never played or seen a Gibson.

Having 24 frets, one thing that would concern me about the new EB would be the truss rod. I have a 2006 24 fret Les Paul Double-Cut (earlier version of the Money Bass). It's a beautiful bass that gets played a lot. BUT the truss rod head had a puny little 1/8" allen head socket that eventually rounded out. I just spent $400.00 to install a stainless steel rod with a 5/16" socket (hope it lasts). If it wasn't a Gibson, I would've sold it for parts or made a clock out of it. Every other Gibson I own (and have owned) has a brass hex-head nut that will last a lifetime. I do like 24 frets, but if the new EB has that crappy truss rod - I'd stay away!

Just wondering - what kind of rod does the previous EB have?
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 06:48 PM

View PostKelvinator, on 03 April 2017 - 03:36 PM, said:

Just wondering - what kind of rod does the previous EB have?


I was a little curious also, It looks like typical Gibson to me on the 2014.............

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 10:59 PM

View PostGrog, on 02 April 2017 - 05:32 PM, said:

I think the 2017 is pretty ugly also. I bought a 2014 EB 5 String about a year ago. I really liked it, but only occasionally use a five string. I started gassing for a 4 string & picked one up about a month ago. It is a great bass that you can use for just about any kind of playing style. The new one is really the same, just ugly. Also, it only comes with a gig bag, I wouldn't care for that.

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Those a good looking basses. Mine is cream and a 4 string. I prefer the look of yours and I really like the gold ones but when I bought mine cream was the only color available.
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Posted 03 April 2017 - 11:05 PM

View PostKelvinator, on 03 April 2017 - 03:36 PM, said:

I agree that the previous EB is a much better looking bass, but I don't think the new one is actually ugly - it just doesn't look like a Gibson to me... When the previous model came out, there were a lot of negative comments about the looks of it too; not on the forum, but on Gibson.com. A lot of the comments seemed almost idiotic; probably from people who have never played or seen a Gibson.

Having 24 frets, one thing that would concern me about the new EB would be the truss rod. I have a 2006 24 fret Les Paul Double-Cut (earlier version of the Money Bass). It's a beautiful bass that gets played a lot. BUT the truss rod head had a puny little 1/8" allen head socket that eventually rounded out. I just spent $400.00 to install a stainless steel rod with a 5/16" socket (hope it lasts). If it wasn't a Gibson, I would've sold it for parts or made a clock out of it. Every other Gibson I own (and have owned) has a brass hex-head nut that will last a lifetime. I do like 24 frets, but if the new EB has that crappy truss rod - I'd stay away!

Just wondering - what kind of rod does the previous EB have?


I think the previous EB look fine. They're not the best looking guitars ever but I don't think they're bad looking at all. To me they look like a cross between a Fender and a Mosrite. But mine is really well balanced and light (compared to my LP), it plays and sounds great IMO (but I'm not a bassist). I got a great deal on mine when it was a Stupid Deal Of The Day last year.

The new ones are truly fugly IMO. One of the ugliest Gibson designs I've seen.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 07:20 AM

View PostAllenjason95, on 03 April 2017 - 10:59 PM, said:

Those a good looking basses. Mine is cream and a 4 string. I prefer the look of yours and I really like the gold ones but when I bought mine cream was the only color available.


I wanted a fire burst to match the five string, but the color is different between the two. The bass came in both fire burst & vintage sunburst, not much difference but mine is fire burst according to the Gibson web page.

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If I wasn't able to land the fire burst, the red one was starting to grow on me.
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  Posted 04 April 2017 - 02:38 PM

View PostGrog, on 03 April 2017 - 06:48 PM, said:

I was a little curious also, It looks like typical Gibson to me on the 2014.............

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That's what l like to see! Good to know Posted Image
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 03:15 PM

The more I look at the new EB in natural satin, the more I like it. I kinda like the T-bird style headstock too. There are a lot of good things going on there: set 3 piece maple neck (stable and bright), swamp ash body (excellent tone wood) , and the Babicz bridge (none better IMHO) should add up to a great sounding bass; especially if the controls are like the last EB. It would be nice if it came with a case, but I have cases. I'd sure like to know what the thing weighs; I guess you have to add up all the components to figure that out, but I'm too lazy! And then there's the truss rod question...

I certainly don't need another Gibson bass; 3 are enough and they're all great, but it is fun to look! Posted Image
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 03:54 PM

View PostGrog, on 02 April 2017 - 05:32 PM, said:

I think the 2017 is pretty ugly also. I bought a 2014 EB 5 String about a year ago. I really liked it, but only occasionally use a five string. I started gassing for a 4 string & picked one up about a month ago. It is a great bass that you can use for just about any kind of playing style. The new one is really the same, just ugly. Also, it only comes with a gig bag, I wouldn't care for that.

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I've gotta say... my favorite thing in your pic isn't either of the basses it's your major award that caught my eye!

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 06:49 PM

View Postdarling67, on 04 April 2017 - 03:54 PM, said:

I've gotta say... my favorite thing in your pic isn't either of the basses it's your major award that caught my eye!

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I noticed the "major award" there too.

Hey Grog,

Do you experience "the soft glow of electric sex gleaming" off your basses? 😋
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 04:30 AM

I negotiated with my spousal unit when I bought the leg lamp. I can keep it upstairs from "Black Friday" to January 1st in the bay window. I usually leave it up there till about February, then she reminds me what happened in the movie. It's downstairs until next year, keeping my guitars company. Why women hate leg lamps makes no sense to me.............
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:20 PM

View PostKelvinator, on 04 April 2017 - 03:15 PM, said:

The more I look at the new EB in natural satin, the more I like it. I kinda like the T-bird style headstock too. There are a lot of good things going on there: set 3 piece maple neck (stable and bright), swamp ash body (excellent tone wood) , and the Babicz bridge (none better IMHO) should add up to a great sounding bass; especially if the controls are like the last EB. It would be nice if it came with a case, but I have cases. I'd sure like to know what the thing weighs; I guess you have to add up all the components to figure that out, but I'm too lazy! And then there's the truss rod question...

I certainly don't need another Gibson bass; 3 are enough and they're all great, but it is fun to look! Posted Image


I just can't get over the looks. The previous EB bass was better looking, seems to have basically the same features AND came with a hard shell case. I know some people are anti used but I don't know why other than you just want a brand new bass you'd buy the new 2017 EB over the previous generation.

The new EBs just look like some weird bass from the late 80s early 90s to me.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 07:54 PM

View PostAllenjason95, on 05 April 2017 - 01:20 PM, said:

I just can't get over the looks. The previous EB bass was better looking, seems to have basically the same features AND came with a hard shell case. I know some people are anti used but I don't know why other than you just want a brand new bass you'd buy the new 2017 EB over the previous generation.

The new EBs just look like some weird bass from the late 80s early 90s to me.


Call me weird, but I like the new ones better. I'll probably upgrade from my Mexi Jazz Bass to an EB once the prices fall below $999.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 10:13 PM

View PostStRanger7032, on 05 April 2017 - 07:54 PM, said:

Call me weird, but I like the new ones better. I'll probably upgrade from my Mexi Jazz Bass to an EB once the prices fall below $999.


Guitar Center has the regular T model at $999 and the 5 string at $1099 so after a little dickering I'm sure you could get one for less than a grand. I'm sure they're good basses, I really like my older style EB. Like I said I just can't handle the looks but different strokes for different folks.
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Posted 18 November 2017 - 08:59 PM

I liked the older EB series design better than the 2017. But then again, I like the SG Std. body more than the rest.
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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:13 AM

When they first came out I was unimpressed with the looks. However, for 2018 there will be a stealthy black variant which I think looks pretty nice.

Sweetwater have some pics up (got the 5 string too) https://www.sweetwat...ail/BAEBH18BXBC
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Posted 22 November 2017 - 08:10 AM

View Postneepheid, on 22 November 2017 - 04:13 AM, said:

When they first came out I was unimpressed with the looks. However, for 2018 there will be a stealthy black variant which I think looks pretty nice.

Sweetwater have some pics up (got the 5 string too) https://www.sweetwat...ail/BAEBH18BXBC


Sweetwater does seem to be doing more of the Gibson Bass series. It's nice to see one of the bigger music stores showing the Gibson Basses.
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