The EB3 is the "big brother" of the EB0 and a true design classic. Few basses are as easily recognized
and as often copied as the Gibson EB3.
Launched in 1961, the 1960s EB3 was very popular with the British bands of the late 1960s; Jack Bruce (Cream), Andy
Fraser (Free), Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Trevor Bolder (David Bowie), Glen Cornick (Jethro Tull), and Chris White
(Zombies) all used the EB3 as did many others in the seventies. Today it still used by bassists such as Jared Followill (Kings
of Leon), Mike Watt (Iggy and the Stooges). Almost 15000 basses were shipped before the model was discontinued in 1979, although
sales figures for the years 1969-1973 far outstrip the years before or after.
The EB3 bass differed from the EB0 in having two pick-ups-the same Humbucker at the neck plus a
smaller pick-up at the bridge and came with a varitone switch for four distinct tones - including an incredibly bassy choked
neck-pickup sound, often referred to as 'mud' by EB3 fans and detractors alike.
The EB3 had a solid mahogany body, 30½ inch scale, mahogany one-piece
neck with rosewood fingerboard during 1961-71.