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1974 Gibson SG Bass?


dubwise77

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my '72 EB-3 has the solid headstock design and the neck pickup located off the neck. check this site for other details.

 

http://www.flyguitars.com/gibson/bass/EB0.php

 

Gibson serial numbers from this period can be a bit confusing but you can also look at the date codes on the pots to try to narrow down which year it was made.

 

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It's almost certainly a '72. Slotted heads are '71 only (there may have been a few earlier releases, and the pickup position was against the neck not mid-body -- this one certainly appears to have that awful 2 point bridge). I tried to paste a pic of my botched up '71, but I'll stick it on as an attachment, if you want to see how badly an original owner can mess up an EB-0.

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So you know; it's a '71 EB-0, bought by me at about 235$ in early '72 from Sam Ash in White Plains NY. In 72/73 an EB-3 bridge pickup and selecter switch were added (by fairly famous New York avant garde guitarist Elliott Sharp who was both one of our aux guitarists and guitar techs at the time). In '78/79 the DiMarzio Model One bridge pickup (and its microswitch) replaced the original pu in L.A. Finally, in 2010 the absolutely horribly tilted two-point bridge was bolted down by Tom Krebs at the late/lamented Monster Guitar in Tujunga CA to make the damn thing playable. Now, it sounds like it should. And I'm still looking for the original pickup, which, sadly, I think might live out in the garage with the rats.

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