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Authorized by Gibson, with the EB-0 Electric Bass, Epiphone has brought back a classic bass guitar of the early '60s. Based on the SG, this guitar-sized (30-1/2" scale) electric bass is a great axe fo... Read More

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Authorized by Gibson, with the EB-0 Electric Bass, Epiphone has brought back a classic bass guitar of the early '60s. Based on the SG, this guitar-sized (30-1/2" scale) electric bass is a great axe for anyone not quite large enough for a full-size bass. Though small and light, the Epiphone EB-0 Bass has huge sound, and full-size people can play it too.

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  • Re-creation of a '60s classic authorized by Gibson
  • Based on the SG with 30-1/2" scale
  • Great axe for anyone not quite large enough for a full-sized bass
  • Small and light
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EpiphoneEB-0 Electric Bass
 
4.4

(based on 42 reviews)

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    (13)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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Great Beginning Bass

This is my first bass. I walked into the store to look at basses and saw this. I looked at it I knew it was the one I wanted. I plugged it in...Read complete review

This is my first bass. I walked into the store to look at basses and saw this. I looked at it I knew it was the one I wanted. I plugged it in and it played great. It has a good fat sound with good highs and lows. The one pickup is kind of iffy though. It's also hard to slap on it. Slapping just seems unnatural. But, this is still a great bass if you're a beginner.

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Solid beginner bass

I've been using this bass exclusively for about a year. I love the small scale because I have small hands and I can play it much faster than bigger basses. I love the tone...Read complete review

I've been using this bass exclusively for about a year. I love the small scale because I have small hands and I can play it much faster than bigger basses. I love the tone of the pickup, but I feel like it doesn't pick up the E string as well as the others and therefore notes I play on that string are quieter. It's also hard to pick this bass with fingers as there is no good place to rest your hand, especially if you're playing the E string. It's much better with a pick. Due to the shape of it, my picking hand gets really fatigued quickly due to the angle that it forces me to hold my arm and it's sharp edges make it very uncomfortable compared to other basses. The short scale is great for standard tuning, but if you need to lower it at all, the intonation gets all out of wack quickly and it never sounds in tune. So avoid this bass if you plan to play in any drop tunings. Despite that, I still enjoy it. It's a good bass for the money, but it clearly has it's limitations.

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3.0

Solid beginner bass

By Blastoplast

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good For Smaller People
  • Good Tone
  • Well Built For The Price

Cons

  • Not Comfortable To Play
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

I've been using this bass exclusively for about a year. I love the small scale because I have small hands and I can play it much faster than bigger basses. I love the tone of the pickup, but I feel like it doesn't pick up the E string as well as the others and therefore notes I play on that string are quieter. It's also hard to pick this bass with fingers as there is no good place to rest your hand, especially if you're playing the E string. It's much better with a pick. Due to the shape of it, my picking hand gets really fatigued quickly due to the angle that it forces me to hold my arm and it's sharp edges make it very uncomfortable compared to other basses. The short scale is great for standard tuning, but if you need to lower it at all, the intonation gets all out of wack quickly and it never sounds in tune. So avoid this bass if you plan to play in any drop tunings. Despite that, I still enjoy it. It's a good bass for the money, but it clearly has it's limitations.

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5.0

Beautiful Little Bass

By Jeff, Young Old Timer

from Lakeland, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great for all venues
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Original bridge could / should be better

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

I wrote a review for this bass a few days ago, and I made one big mistake I need to correct. My wife did tell me to get this bass, but - and here's the correction - it arrived the day AFTER she passed away and never got to see it. Sorry my brain was still disengaged when I wrote the first review. The more I play it, the more I appreciate my darling wife's blessing on it. She would have loved it. I've also had a little more time now to play it, and I am more impressed with its retro 60s sound and feel than before. I do highly recommend changing the bridge with a Hipshot Gibson two-point bridge. It's fully adjustable for action and intonation, and the string saddles are independent of each other. That means tuning one string will not affect the other three as is the case with the original bridge. Also, the sustain improvement is quite noticeable. If you want to be truly happy with an EB-O, just do it. I also found the Rotosound 77SM flat wound strings to be very good and add to that vintage sound. They fit on very well, too. I changed my rating from four to five stars due to the improved performance. It's worth the money.

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4.0

Great Little Nostalgic Bass

By Jeff - Young Old-Timer

from Lakeland, FL

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great Vintage Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    When I told my wife that the short scale EB-O was back in production, she told me to go ahead and get it. Mind you, this is after several "no more basses" and with no conversation or opposition whatsoever. After I did a bunch of research and read reviews, I went for it. I also ordered a Hipshot bridge for better sustain and ease of adjustment. The original bridge leaves a lot to be desired, hence the 4 stars. Once I had the bridge on and replaced the strings with RotoSound 77 flat wounds, I found myself back in 1965. This little guy sounds EXACTLY like the original Animal's Gibson bass tone for tone. It has that vintage thump that I used to love on so many 60' songs. I will treasure this baby forever, especially since my darling wife passes away right after it came in. She thought the cherry stained mahogany was gorgeous. It plays great; there's nothing not to like about it. Of 14 basses I own now, this one is and always be far more special to me than all the others combined.

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    4.0

    Not as good/bad as some are saying

    By JOSEPH PETRINO

    from NY NY

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    Not as good as some are saying and not as bad as others are saying. In this price range there are some other choices I would look into also if I were you. This bass is not for everyone. It's built very solid and their is nothing "cheap" about the way it's made. The neck feels good, but I've played many short scales that feel better. Others will disagree with me, but the sidewinder pickup sounds awful. You'll need to replace that at some point. Many complain about the 3 point bridge. It works fine. Learn how to use it. There seems to be two body versions. A light plywood version and a heavy mahogany version. I have the heavy version and it is just too heavy. I like this bass, but there are better choices in this price range.

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    5.0

    Very Impressed

    By JOSEPH PETRINO

    from NY NY

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    I bought one as a backup bass (in black) and I must say I'm very impressed with the attention to detail. Mine is made in Indonesia. The finish is beautiful and all joints fit together perfect. The fingerboard is very pretty wood. The setup is very good but you will need to do the intonation. The saddles were left in the visually pleasing diagonal position which means no one did the intonation. Not a big deal. Also I use tiny washers on the ball end of the strings to keep the silk from riding on the saddles. It works, so don't listen to the BS about the 3 point bridge. The sidewinder pickup is much better than I had read. You just need to EQ it correctly. It's very punchy and I think it's gig worthy. Nice job Epiphone!

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    5.0

    not as expected...

    By robert lillegard

    from broken arrow, OK

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    From top to bottom- the tuners are nice, solid, and stay in tune, smooth feel and nice gear ratio. the neck is a nice solid neck, now it is made out of mahogany but its very stable. it may be bolt on but you cant really tell the difference with that. it may have only one pickup but MAN its a great pickup, great for the rock side of music. the pickup is better than those on alot of other basses. the body is mahogany so you'll get a darker tone out of it. the controls are great, solid, and built to last. this bass may cost only 200 dollars but its the same as a les paul jr. costing low on the gibson range. all in all a great bass, very solid

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    5.0

    The best bass for any price

    By Nancy Nowak

    from Grand chute wisconsin

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    To start, I bought this bass after falling in love with the physcodelic rock sound and wanted a more bassy tone like that of legendary bassist Jack Bruce, needles to say the only logical choice was a SG style EB bass. After some research I found the Gibson SG to fall short of the sound I sought. The next alternative was Epiphone, which blew away all my expectations in sound and feel, even despite the fact that mine is used. The Singlehumbucker is more than capable of producing a great range of tones. Neck dive isn't as bad as most people make it out to be. The real beauty is that unlike Fender which has been copied in every possible way, the Epiphone is a unique insrument which does justice to its long laid to rest Gibson conterpart, keeping its tone craftsmanship and feel alive and well in the great price model.

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    4.0

    Wonderful Beginner Shortscale Bass

    By Hemingway's Lion

    from Tobias, NE

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    I bought this bass almost 5 years ago when I first began playing bass, and I am still playing it to this day (for lack of appropriate funds to get a Rickenbacker). Although I am currently searching for a new bass, I have few negative things to say about this bass other than that the action could be smoother, and that the single soap bar humbucker limits the range of tone that you can get out of it. Also, for it's price so be prepared for occasional maintenance. I have had to re-soder the input jack connecting a few times. Here's some positives: It's affordable and a great bass for starting out. Also, with it being a short scale bass you can put it in a large guitar case and not have to spring for a bass case. The short scale nature and thin neck allows for people with small hands and short fingers to play it easily, and if you have long fingers and large hands like myself you can fly on it if you wax your fret board. Some tips: -If you want strap locks you will probably only be able to put one on the rear strap position because the front one doesn't allow for the screws in most strap lock kits to fit. -If you can't afford a better bass, like myself, than just play it on a good amp. I bought a GK 300 watt amp from GC and plugged this baby in and with some adjustments on the equalizer it sounded like a new bass in itself.

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    5.0

    A lot of guitar for $200

    By Jeff

    from SF, CA

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    I've been playing bass on and off for 15 years and I decided to get an instrument to just play around the house. I've owned Rickenbackers and Fenders (USA made) and I thought I was going to get a "toy bass" for $200 but I was shocked at how amazing this instrument sounds! If you want something that's lightweight, comfortable, and sounds great, this is the bass for you. I absolutely recommend this bass.

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    5.0

    Lovely Bass

    By Paul C.

    from Bloomingdale, IL

    Comments about Epiphone EB-0 Electric Bass:

    Okay, first off I'm gonna say that this is my first bass and that I'm more experienced with electric guitars, so my input should not be taken with 100% seriousness. Now that we have that out of the way... I bought it today and I have to say, I'm loving it. I've played a Gibson SG Bass before also at my GC tons of times and i have to say, even though the Gibson obviously has better tone, this bass is still awesome. First off, the pictures really don't do justice at all. The GC pictures make it look very plain and almost plastic-y looking. But when I saw it in the store it looked absolutely beautiful. The wood grain with a sweet dark cherry color is a look that can't go unnoticed. And the tone of the bass is delicious too. In my opinion the sound is full like a bass should be and with proper EQ it makes for a deep rich tone that you could get out of something much more pricey. Now, i know what some of you are thinking. "Oh a good bass doesn't need EQ to sound at its best." Well let me tell you, this definitely isn't a Gibson or Fender or something high-end like that, so don't expect perfection out of the box. I use NI Guitar Rig Pro 4 with an Mbox 2 mini to get the sound to its fullest. It's great and, beginner or not, I think you will love this bass when you get it. And remember, if you don't you can always bring it back. Cons: A little heavy, but I've never considered weight to big of a deal. Other than that everything seems great to me.

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