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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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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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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
  • Nickel hardware
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    EpiphoneEB-3 SG Bass
     
    4.1

    (based on 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (6)
    • Good tone (6)
    • Good feel (5)
    • Solid electronics (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Recording (4)
    • Small venues (4)
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    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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    eb-3

    this is the second bass i have owned. i got it about 2 years ago when i was really into the "sg" look. it is a great looking bass over-all...Read complete review

    this is the second bass i have owned. i got it about 2 years ago when i was really into the "sg" look. it is a great looking bass over-all and will get a lot of looks. the seem-less neck to body construction give it a ridiculous amount of sustain. bridge design is great other then the saddle adjustments are hard to get to. the one thing that continues to impress me is its ability to stay in tune. the pickup selector is an amazing feature that i wish was on more basses, and the double humbuckers sound great. having said this, the neck width is too thin for my liking. often times when im playing my fingers will jam up because the action is a little awkward during faster fills. another major flaw is the weight distribution. this bass is VERY TOP HEAVY, meaning you will be supporting the neck as you play which slows playing down. also in a minor note, pinch-harmonics and chords are harder to do on this bass. all in all, a pretty good blues or starter bass, but if your going for more advanced playing then i would save your money and find a better bass like a higher end ibenez or a spector.

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    (289 of 325 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Smooth and sweet

    By Dan De Man

    from Hazlet, NJ

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    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!

    (118 of 361 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I went up to the store in ...

    By Doolzah

    from Tewksbury, Ma

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I went up to the store in serch of a new bass to replace my old beaten up one. i was looking around when i came across the EB-3 SG. from fist glance it looked like a nice bass. a nice replica of the origional Gibson. i picked it up to play it and found that it was not as great as i though..the action wasnt to good and the neck seemed very thin twards the top, pushing the strings together and making it had to hit one string at a time. the sound to it is very rich but alittle tinny. i think this bass would be ideal for someone who has short fingers or trouble reaching the E string. the price is great for what you are getting, but i honestly would not buy this for myself.

    (23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    After some time with the EB-3...

    By Jose Vega

    from Murrieta, California

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I bought this bass about a year ago. After spending time with it over the last year, I have to say that this has to be the most amazing bass for the money I've ever seen! Sure, it looks so amazing that people always compliment it's appearance after shows, but it sounds just as amazing. You get a great range of tones, and you can feel the power of this bass in a way that feels incredible. It's reliable, durable (Mine looks absolutely new still), and delivers beyond expectations. I can't describe all the aspects that make me love it, so you'll have to try it out for yourself. That being said, to make this a good review, I have to point out two relatively minor details that may annoy some potential buyers. First, it's heavier than it looks, and the way the strap holds on to the body along with the weight of the neck means you have to be holding on to the neck at all times, or the entire thing rotates towards the floor. Though, this is true of a lot of basses. Just keep it in mind if you're used to a lighter bass like I was before transitioning to the SG. Second, those beautiful open gear tuner knobs are great, but because they're so large, they can move around more easily than most, so this tends to mean you'll have to re-tune your bass every other time you put it down. This is avoidable with a good case, or just being careful with them. The best advice I can give would be to visit a guitar center, and see if they have it in stock so you can test it out and make sure you like the feel of it. If you're comfortable with it, I have to recommend you buy it.

    (20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    best ever

    By ACDCrockerBASS

    from tennessee

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    This is one of the best sounding basses out there for your money. The sound and tone alone blew me away. The action and all the different sounds you can get out of it make the best bass for your money. Now onto the looks, it is completely beautiful from the trapezoid inlays to the chrome pickup covers. This is a perfect replica of the original SG.

    (10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good deal for a great bass

    By Clint Dodge

    from baton rouge, LA

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I went to the music store with a $400 budget (which is relatively low in the bass world).And I found this. This is the smoothest bass ive ever played-and ive played alot of basses. If you dont like how it sounds, there are thousands of pedals and effects you can use to make it better. In other words, dont pass it up just because It might not sound good. Its a good deal. Not only does it have a classic look to it, but it also has 5 volume/ tone knobs. And for the price you cant beat that. I would reccomend this to begginers/ novice bassers who need a step up from their old bass.

    (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone still making them the right way!

    By Mark Irwin

    from Syracuse, NY

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Epiphone, established in 1873, has always been a great guitar maker. If Les Paul were still alive, he'd say the same thing. He used Epiphone guitars exclusively when he recorded with the late Mary Ford. In fact his first Les Paul guitar (the Les Paul Log) was built at Epiphone by Les Paul. Gibson purchased Epiphone in 1957 and promised to keep up the high quality of the Epiphone name. The Gibson SG Reissue of this bass doesn't have the original controls like the Epiphone and so is limited as far as tone is concerned. The only thing it retained from the original design is the short scale. That's why the Epiphone EB-3 is still the more sound investment and why I own one. As for people saying it sounds muddy, that's the price you pay for owning Humbucker pickups and if you add a compressor the mud goes away. Simple fix and a great sound.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Bass for A Great Price

    By Sam Polk

    from Newton

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I decided to buy a bass online and this bass caught my attention because of it's body and SG style. I bought it and I found out that it had sort of low action but it was good because it had a sort of distorted sound. The pickups are amazing. I hit the neck with the back of my foot and I heard it through the amp as clear as if I hit the actual pickups. I advise you to buy this bass because you will love it.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A bang for your buck!

    By s201647

    from Independence Mo

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I recently purchased this bass online, after playing a friends. This thing really rocks. the Action is awesome, the feel is great, and this thing is so versatile it's not funny. It can be light and crisp, or dark and angry. The Neck is a thicker by far than the EB-0, but it is still fast. this is not a short scale bass, but a awesome reproduction instrument. It is neck heavy, don't just let it hang from your strap, the neck will end up on the floor. But if you let your right arm drape over the waist, it balances nicely. no need to hold it with your left hand while trying to play. All in all, this thing is a beautiful instrument that really puts out a wide variety of sounds, and is a great buy in it's price range. this is no 1000 dollar bass, but it plays better than alot of basses. i'ld reccommend this to anyone looking for a new bass.

    (8 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    It's okay for the price

    By Cole M.

    from ohio

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    This was my first bass and i wish i would have spent my money on something much better. For a beginner it would be alright but in about a year your skills would probably already have passed it up. This bass looks great but it doesn't have to good of sound quality, the tone and pickup controls only go so far. This bass basically just has a deep dull tone that doesn't very to much. I also found that the neck weighs more than the body so when i have the strap on i have to be holding the neck or it drops. Other than that i did find that the neck was pretty easy to grip for a beginner but unless you're on a supper tight budget i wouldn't get it. Pretty soon after you buy it (about a year or two) you'll be shopping for another bass. I think when it comes to instruments you're much better off buying the best one you can.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT!

    By Tristan

    from Providence RI

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I picked one of these up a few months back. And I absolutely love it. It has a wonderful feel to it. And the sound/tone is superb. I only have 2 complaints. First off the weight distribution is odd, and when you take your hand off the neck, the head seems to want to go for the floor. And the bridge on it is pretty poorly designed, the tension of the strings and constant playing seems to pull the bridge mounts out of the body, and looking online this seems to be a common problem, but nothing a little epoxy can't fix. And there are some really nice after market replacement bridges you can order for it that seem to prevent this issue. But all in all, this is a great bass and I HIGHLY recommend it to all bass players, beginner to professional.

    (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    eb-3

    By terran

    from orlando, florida

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    this is the second bass i have owned. i got it about 2 years ago when i was really into the "sg" look. it is a great looking bass over-all and will get a lot of looks. the seem-less neck to body construction give it a ridiculous amount of sustain. bridge design is great other then the saddle adjustments are hard to get to. the one thing that continues to impress me is its ability to stay in tune. the pickup selector is an amazing feature that i wish was on more basses, and the double humbuckers sound great. having said this, the neck width is too thin for my liking. often times when im playing my fingers will jam up because the action is a little awkward during faster fills. another major flaw is the weight distribution. this bass is VERY TOP HEAVY, meaning you will be supporting the neck as you play which slows playing down. also in a minor note, pinch-harmonics and chords are harder to do on this bass. all in all, a pretty good blues or starter bass, but if your going for more advanced playing then i would save your money and find a better bass like a higher end ibenez or a spector.

    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    best bass for the buck

    By chris

    from tennessee

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    This is by far the best bass i have ever owned. 1st off its really beautiful. 2nd its action is unparalelled in every way. buy this bass if you want years of play. a unique sound. and a unique look.

    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great looks

    By bass_guy1337

    from caldwell, idaho

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I've recently bought this bass, and so far i'm really impressed with the sound of the pick-ups. In addition to that, it also looks hella sick! With that being said, its true that the weight distribution isn't the best... a bass player with a lot of experience shouldn't have a lot of problem playing it.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great bass!

    By Jake

    from louisville KY

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    this is a great bass overall. you can get a wide range of tones from a booming low end to popping highs. for the money theres no question. i started out playing on a sucky squier p-bass and really needed an upgrade. i picked this bass up used for $200 dollars! i expected to have to buy a new bass when i got more serious but this bass still fits my needs. it almost never goes out of tune and i feel comfortable bringing it to gigs without a backup. i only have one complaint and that is that with the pickup placement theres no real good place to rest your hand. you might want to pick up a thumb rest if you play fingerstyle.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Loving this

    By Camilo

    from Miami, FL

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    Ive been playing for like 8 years now. I own a jazz bass and a 5 string custom made with a luthier friend, but always liked the looks from this model. I finally bought it and it's really working for me. I play a lot of hard rock and blues and the sound from it is awesome. I feel like Jack Bruce while playing live. Having said all that, i did have to work on the setup of this bass. I did not liked the action so i started to play along with the string heights. After like an hour working that up, it was ready to go. Sounds great, nice action and great looks. You just wont like weight / having to set it up BUT, if you dont mind those few aspects, youll love it. I do recomend this bass.

    (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Plays OK But...

    By Nick

    from South Dakota

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    I own this bass and I would have to say its decent. Its got good qualities but it just doesn't meet my needs. First of all you have to hold on to the neck of it at all times while wearing it or its head WILL swing down to the floor with a crash. If you play shows like me you know that that is not a good thing. Second of all it has a pretty tinny sound to it when played. Plus I think it is pointless to have 2 volume and 2 tone knobs when only 1 of each works. Though that could be my specific bass that has that problem. This Bass is really only something I'd recommend to beginners looking for a OK quality bass.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING

    By Bobby

    from albany, new york

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    This bass is amazing. i have played many basses in my time as a bassist and none have surpassed the quality of this one. first off the quality of the sound is amazing. Not a single other bass ive played had a sound as good as this one. The finish is amazing too. I have mine in Ebony and there are no flaws whatsoever. Its beautiful. Also, the action great right outta the box, the neck was perfect, the frets aren't crooked, and the inlay is perfect. the pickup selector really gives you the ability to hit all the notes you want to and the volume and tone knobs work (at least on mine). The bass has some pretty deep lows(i play a lot in drop D) and some pretty sweet highs(i almost never go there though). Overall, amazing bass 6/5 stars.

    (4 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    big disappintment!

    By Jester

    from wayne, NJ

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    to start off, i bought this guitar on GC online, and the delivery was 2 days late, although that may not be the GC's problem it was really annoying. When i got it out of the box, the cable they gave me didn't work! The headstock was too heavy, you can't let go of the neck or else the head will hit the floor! it maybe 34" scale but the whole thing itself is longer than a normal fender bass! The reason i bought this bass was because i wanted a guitar that was lighter than my fender precision so i can spin it around easily, and it turned out that this guitar was actually heavier than my fender, and the neck is too long that i couldn't spin it! the sound wasn't that good either, probably 4.5/10..Playing it wasn't comfortable at all, i used it on practice and after 3 songs, my shoulders was already worn out, and i wasn't even moving around. The only reason i gave it 2 stars and not a 1 or zero (if possible) was because of it's killer looks! but i would rather have a comfortable bass guitar with a great sound than have a killer looking guitar on stage. Im bringing this back tomorrow..

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Almost there.

    By Mark Irwin

    from Syracuse, NY

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    The original EB-3 had a short scale and a mechanical mute and of course was made by Gibson. This Epiphone has all the same electronics unlike the reissue SG Gibson. It has a long scale and no mechanical mute. The sound is unmistakably Gibson original EB-3. Anyone thinking that it's less doesn't know the instrament. I've owned an EB-0, an original EB-3, and an EB-2C (all Gibsons). If you add the mechanical mute (which is only available from parts collectors) this bass is capable of sounding like the original plus with flatwounds it can sound like a Fender P or J bass. Some humbuckers require the use of a compressor to clean up the mud, but that's a small price to pay for a bass that's this fast and sounds this good. The Gibson reissue does have the short scale, but not the electronics or the mute. No question in my mind that this is the closest you'll come to the original and at a rock bottom price!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

    By William Smith

    from Memphis, TN

    Comments about Epiphone EB-3 SG Bass:

    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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