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

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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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St Peters, MO USA

Busy doing something close to nothing
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.

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
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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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.

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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.



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.


Philly/NL, CT

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.


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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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Jul 11th, 2019 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

In my years of messing with big bucker basses, and I still have my first bass a heavily modded Kalamazoo, the thing that sticks out is that every one had a treble bleed circuit. But it wasn't there to maintain highs when rolling off volume, it was bleeding all the highs to ground!

Snick that little sucker out and the mud went away!

My take on the blend problem was that it was an impedance issue, it was always one or the other, no middle ground! So I split the pups to a stereo jack and ran them to separate channels!

Plus there are incompatible amps such as SVTs and some Traynors, that have very low input impedance, and suck all the bottom end out. A BT140 head on the other hand would produce booming bottom end.



Jul 21st, 2019 09:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 1965 that I play Badge, Politician and Free stuff.
The right tools for the job.


Philly/NL, CT

Aug 1st, 2019 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played a 1966 EB3 back in the latter '70s. Neck dive was an issue. I used some bright lighter gauge strings and a more midrange Varitone setting. I sold it to get an early aluminum neck Kramer

Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Sep 26th, 2019 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used to play a friend's EB-3L, back in the early '70s.



Who is E. Sandoval?
Sep 30th, 2019 07:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

wanna hear the epitome of extreme mudbucker tone? check out grand funk live album. it's an oldie from 1970. it don't no more mudbucker than that!

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