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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Anyone play a Gibson EB3 ?

windmill
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older,better
Feb 20th, 2019 06:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Had a go at one at band practice the other week

Using settings 2 & 3 worked well

Setting 1, the really deep, woolly sound I cant see a use for at the moment.

I think I know what they mean by it having a "growl'

What settings did you use and how were the volume and tone knobs set ?

Rick Knight
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Feb 21st, 2019 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

It has been decades since I played one, but the stock neck pickups have been called Mudbuckers for a long time. DiMarzio’s Model One was marketed as a solution to the issue. A friend of mine says the stock pickup sounds better through a guitar amp with 15s than through a bass amp. I've never tried either and so can't say how well they work. That's all I have. Hopefully, someone else will give you a better answer.

kart24
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Vacaville CA

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Feb 27th, 2019 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a couple EB-3's. I like the sound of the mudbucker pickup for certain songs.

I don't like their neck dive issue.

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stl80
Mar 21st, 2019 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

A friend is going to sell me a 1968 that was his father's. His mom doesn't want him to sell it so I guess it's a waiting game. He also had a BLDE Bassman that a friend bought so tha's how I know its age. When I get it, I'll check the number. I already had a '68 Bassman.
Jim

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 22nd, 2019 09:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

While I haven't played an EB-3 I did own a new 1974 EB0 and I hated the "Mudbucker" single neck pickup so I sold it within 4-6 months. I am sure with the smaller bridge pickup the EB-3 is a little more usable.

eb2jim

usa

boom
Apr 14th, 2019 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have had a few EB-3s over the years, and still have a modified 1967. I find the lead minibucker (it is literally a Gibson Firebird/Les Paul Deluxe guitar pup with two fewer poles) to be peculiar, and when mixed in with the mudbucker almost worthless. The mudbucker is a monster powerful pup that is typically horrifying when you come at it from a Fender mindset. It is not for the slap and snap world at all. But if you like an old school flat and boomy vibe it is easy. I installed a Duncan SM3B in the lead as it has much more output and blends in better. They can neck dive, but a good wide strap will keep it up. Again, it is not like playing a Sting Ray from a P or Jazz. It is more peculiar, like picking up a Harmony or a Guild.

Twangmeister

Philly/NL, CT

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Jun 22nd, 2019 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I giggled with a late '60s EB-3 for a few years in the '70s. It was not a good bass for slapping and tapping, so I moved on. I believe I usually left the Varitone on 1.

I currently have a Squier Tele bass with the single Fender mudbucker. All the joys of the longer scale with overkill thump.

ilan

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Jun 22nd, 2019 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 1970 EB-0L - the single mudbucker, long scale model. I had a tech split the monstrous 30K mudbucker to a 15K single coil. Looks the same, sounds great. Still has tons of lows. Highly recommended, and reversible. I'm sure that a split mud will give you a usable tone now combined with the bridge mini.

(This message was last edited by ilan at 04:31 PM, Jun 22nd, 2019)

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