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Epiphone EB-3 Short Scale

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I've always wanted a Gibson EB-3 short scale bass like Jack Bruce played with Cream but they have always have been out of my price range.

 

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Last year I found an Epiphone EB-O short scale bass on eBay and discovered that Epiphone did make an EB-3 bass. The problem is that the Epiphone EB-3 is really an EB-3(L) long scale bass.

 

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So I bought the cherry Epi EB-O short scale and decided to mod it.

 

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I replaced the Epi pickup with the DiMarzio mudbucker Model One. Schaller Strap locks were installed. The stock Epi bridge didn't appeal to me so I installed a Hipshopt SuperTone Gibson® Bass Replacement Bridge 3-point bridge:

 

https://hipshotproducts.com/collections/bass-bridges/products/supertone-gibson-bass-replacement-bridge?variant=33244555656

 

 

The bridge just drops right in. Very easy!

 

I ordered LaBella short scale flat wound strings from juststrings.com and they were on back order for 4 months :( Eek

 

I found a black Alnico 5 mini-humbucker and mounting ring and had Brown's Guitar Mill in Newnan GA rout the guitar and install the mini humbucker in the the bridge. The nut was changed to a bone nut.

 

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The controls were left with a master volume, master tone and a 3-way toggle switch. I prefer single vol/tone so I was happy. The output jack was moved to the side.

 

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So now I have an EB-3 short scale bass that sounds great! Well worth the time spent to make it. Epiphone should made a real EB-3 short scale bass.

Edited by Aoresteen

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They also made both non-Elitist short and long scale EB-3 in 2011, but the short scale was only for the Japanese market. It was called the 1960's EB-3. The Elitist version was 2002-2005

Edited by RobinTheHood

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Hi, I have the Epiphone EB-3 short scale (2011). I have just posted the neck pickup to Bare Knuckle Pickups to have it rewound to c.30 kOhms Mudbucker specification. Upon return,local luthier will fit pickup,replace plastic nut for bone,and set up with Rotosound flats. Hoping for a good outcome for a modest outlay.

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