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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.

Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass 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


Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass Specifications:




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  • Great bass... but mine was...

    As reviewed by Carl Schwab on 11/12/2012

    As you can probably tell, I have a few issues with this bass. First off I bought mine because of this Japanese band called the pillows. So, I ordered from the store. I had to wait for Epiphone to make a new batch of them. That was actually a big plus for me. A new factory fresh bass. When I got it. I was really pleased. The cherry color is ALOT darker than this photo. I loved the finish. but then I noticed the fools who shipped it... chipped it. The finish by the control plate was badly cracked(probably from being dropped) but that was not an issue at the time. This bass played GREAT! The neck can get a bit muddy , but thats what the bridge pickup is for. Over time the bridge furrels started coming out of the body. I had to get it fixed. and a few other problems arose. So then I traded a friend for his P-bass and realized that the neck on this bass is TINY up until fret 5 or so. Great feel, amazing tone(really you'll be surprised), but be careful.

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  • For the money ...

    As reviewed by Gary Garvin on 9/23/2013

    I caught this Epiphone EB-3 bass on sale and had it sent to a local Guitar Center for pick up. It took hardly any time, and a salesman helped me open it up to make sure that there was no damage. After restringing with flat-wound bass strings and putting on strap locks, everything's cool. I did some very minor set up (truss rod and bridge) because of the new strings. It plays well, sounds really decent, and I'm leaving it as is. The ONLY semi-gripe, like with the Gibson SG bass I have, is that the pots are lacking range. It's necessary to make sure you have the maxed out bass volume set on the amp with the pots all the way open, and then work backwards with the knobs to calm the volume down. Yes ... I'd recommend this ... for the money, very nice!

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  • Great Instrument! It thinks it costs alot more than it does.

    As reviewed by William Smith on 2/16/2013

    For the price you can not beat this bass. It plays like a dream with a crazy range of tones. Guitar Center set mine up for me before I bought it; I like the strings super low to the neck. With great action and wonderful sound I can n ot complain about this beautiful instrument except to say its a bit neck heavy. My solustion was to tie the strap to the head stock above the nut. Problem solved. I would go so far as to say it plays and sounds better than my very expensive fender bass. If you want $1000 dollar sound and looks for much less this is the bass for you.

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