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Like the guitar, the SG bass has been one of rock's defining instruments. This reproduction is true to the Gibson original ” light, fast, and loaded with a Sidewinder humbucker and a Mini humbucker to... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Like the guitar, the SG bass has been one of rock's defining instruments. This reproduction is true to the Gibson original ” light, fast, and loaded with a Sidewinder humbucker and a Mini humbucker to give it tonal power, and a set neck to give it the sustain that made the original famous.
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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
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EpiphoneEB-3 SG Bass
 
4.4

(based on 143 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (90)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (24)
  • Good tone (21)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Solid electronics (15)
  • Good pick up (14)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (20)
  • Jamming (19)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (7), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Smooth and sweet

I own a fender precision bass that I love and play all the time, my volume control on that broke so now i had a reason to get a new bass. At first I...Read complete review

I own a fender precision bass that I love and play all the time, my volume control on that broke so now i had a reason to get a new bass. At first I was a little skeptical about the EB-3, but when i went to a store to play it my first reaction was WOW!! The pickups soumd great, the action is amazing, and forget about the looks.. it is one sweet lookin bass guitar. Looks graet sounds great, its for a great price BUY It!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Bass for the price.

I bought this bass in 2009 just to have a bass to practice with. When it arrived I was surprised how nice the paint job was and how nice and shiny the chrome hardware...Read complete review

I bought this bass in 2009 just to have a bass to practice with. When it arrived I was surprised how nice the paint job was and how nice and shiny the chrome hardware was for an instrument that cost so little. For that price I didn't expect much. I experimented with different set ups and found that it plays best with a lot of relief in the neck. The bridge pick up needed to be adjusted to get the sound even between the four strings. Eventually I got it to the point where it plays and sounds pretty good. This would make a good first bass for a student or a good spare for a veteran musician. I've had this SG for 5 years and it's a keeper.

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5.0

Solid and loud !!

By Craig H.

from Dallas, Tx

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Jamming daily with my band !!

     
    5.0

    Great bass

    By Pablo Ruiz

    from Zadar, Croatia

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

      Great bass, rounded tone. I love it!

       
      5.0

      Yes I would do it again!

      By BOZ

      from Southfield, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

        Just getting back into it. Excellent price and advice. When I get better, MAYBE I'll buy a more expensive bass. Until then, I owe it to the instrument to learn it to it's fullest.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SUPERB!

        By Jack

        from Arlington, MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          This is an AWESOME instrument. I have been playing guitar since 1977. I recently joined this band and we could not find a bass player. Our drummer was going to quit if we couldn't complete the rhythm section so I moved over to bass. I spent the next six weeks borrowing basses from friends and bandmates until I just decided I really should own one. And because Jack Bruce (RIP) is my favorite electric bassist I wanted what he was playing. This is the best at a good price. I'm really happy I bought this and my bandmates agree.

           
          4.0

          very good product

          By gj

          from la

          Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

          Started playing bass in the early 60's had quite a few different basses, bought this bass in 2009 have the matte finish in red. when I first got it I had to do some work on it, strap holder, neck adjustment and sound controls had to be tweeked to get that problem with e string solved.I play twice a week and love this guitar it stays tuned very well even temp changes. I think every guitar needs to be set up properly for all musicians to their liking. My buddy owns the Gibson eg 3 that I sold him 40 years ago, will match this one up any day. It truly is a great sounding guitar.

           
          5.0

          Excellent Bass Guitar!

          By christopher

          from undisclosed

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

            I bought the Epiphone EB-3 primarily to study the bass guitar and build my chops. It's 3 pick up options add great options for the sounds it can make. It goes from super funky to super fat with a single turn of the knob. It has a clean sound regardless of the pick up configuration you choose. The pots are tight and accurately adjust the volume and tone.

            The one negative thing is it is top heavy. The neck will fall as far as it can if you let go with both hands. This is easily mitigated by keeping my right arm near the top cutout when my left hand has to be away from the neck.

            This is my first experience with Epiphone, and I am very pleased.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great bass for the money

            By Dave Smith

            from Rhode Island

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                I own 6 bass guitars, including an old Ric and a Hofner. I switch out every four or so months depending on my interest/boredom. This is a solid bass with a great sound, a favorite of my band mates. Unless you're a purist, you don't need to spend the extra money for the "Gibson" nameplate. (Yes, the Ric sounds better, but I'm a little paranoid about it "disappearing" so I don't use it on gigs much).

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good low end bass

                By Hub

                from Kansas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Old School Tone
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • E String Sounds Muffled
                • top heavy

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                Neck has a nice feel and is comfortable to play. Two main complaints: 1. The E-String sounds a bit dead while the rest of the strings have a good response. 2. The bass and neck are top-heavy. Let go of the neck while you are standing and it takes a nosedive if you have a slick strap.

                Still and all this is a nice instrument for the price.

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Don't buy it. Get the Viola

                By Doot

                from Charlotte, NC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Eneven Sound
                  • Flat Sound
                  • Poor Pick Up
                  • Super Neck Dive

                  Best Uses

                  • Decoration

                  Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                  The sound is very uneven, the E sounds dead while the D is louder than all of the strings put together. It needs a setup every month or so, which is WAY too often. It sounds flat and toneless with either flats or rounds, i've tried both several times. I've played it through a Hartke A100, TC Electronic BG250, and an SVT stack. Sounded equally as horrid on all of them. The bridge will fall apart on you without a doubt.
                  If you plan to upgrade the living heck out of it, you could probably pull it off. The stock material is horrible so don't bother unless you got the extra money to put into it.
                  I would, however, reccomend the Epiphone Viola bass for the same price. I have both and the Viola sounds oh so good. It's my favorite bass to play in fact. So go try that puppy out and tell me I didn't change your mind.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Thank you, Epiphone!

                  By kvnstfrd

                  from Branson, MO

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

                      Thank you, Epiphone for making a long scale (34") version of this bass. I've always loved the looks of the EB-3, but hated the short scale.
                      The neck pickup of the EB-3 has long been known as the "mud-bucker" and really isn't suited for those who want a modern, bright sounding tone. But if you want to use both pickups together, raise the bridge pickup closer to the strings and you'll have much better tone in the #2 position.
                      Another issue with all EB bass models, as well as SG guitar models, is that the neck strap button will need to be moved to the upper horn to keep the instrument from trying to dive and face the floor. Any EB or SG player knows this. (Google a picture of Toni Iommi and see where his strap is attached.) An easy fix if you're experienced in guitar mods, and a cheap fix at your local music store. I also tweaked the truss rod a bit to my own taste. But that's with any guitar. Overall, one of my best purchases.

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