1971 Gibson EB-0 rescue & upgrade

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1971 Gibson EB-0 rescue & upgrade

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:06 pm

Just got this stripped out 1971 EB-0. Nothing but the wood, frets and the bridge anchors.
OK, fine because this gives me the freedom to upgrade to modern.
DiMarzio pickups including their standard replacement for the neck, and an Ultra Jazz at the bridge.
New electronics including coil taps, and a new Hipshot bridge.
All US made FYI.
I really dig the short scale because it makes bending strings easy.
The body is only 1-1/4 inches thick, and just the same size as an SG.
From end to end it's only 2 inches longer than an Epiphone SG.
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Re: 1971 Gibson EB-0 rescue & upgrade

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:38 pm

Have done some work.
Mounted the Hipshot bridge and Grover Rotomatics 18:1 tuners.
Strung it up and played it some last night, excellent!
Today I routed out a cavity for the Dimarzio Ultra Jazz pickup.

First I wanna say that I owned a Gibson slot head EB-3 for 30 years, so I know all about them.

The bridge is a designed replacement for this model year, and a huge improvement from OEM.
The Grovers are a pleasant discovery, because they fit right into the empty holes with no drilling.
Just a little bit smaller than the OEM 20:1 tuners, but the Grovers have an 18:1 ratio so close enough, and the strings fit just fine.
Actually the Grovers are an improvement because the OEM tuners are too big for a slot head mounting, and are a fitting problem with guitar cases.

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Re: 1971 Gibson EB-0 rescue & upgrade

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:06 pm

Well, over the weekend I laminated 5 layers of veneer in alternating light-dark shades to make a pickguard, and truss rod cover plate.
The top layer is rosewood.
Today I cut them out and bevel cut the edges.
I took some mock up pics to show the direction I'm going:

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Won't be long before I can plug it in. :wink:
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Re: 1971 Gibson EB-0 rescue & upgrade

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:25 pm

I saw this old thing, a 1967.
It must have belonged to some bloke who burned himself out and his band mates too,
playing way too many gigs, back in 67-68. :roll:

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Like, Jack Bruce maybe? 8)
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Re: 1971 Gibson EB-0 rescue & upgrade

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:31 pm

So, I have wiring done, and wow a very broad tone range, from bright treble to DEEP bass.
I put a coil tap switch on the big neck pup, and a series-parallel switch on the bridge pup, plus 2 volume pots and 1 tone pot.
Such a small and light bass too.

I put this trio together to show the size differential from a new 34" scale Epiphone EB-3, to a SG guitar.

I put a Lexan horn on the Epi EB-3 to fix the neck dive problem with those,
and I laminated a curly grain Sapele veneer on the SG.

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Re: 1971 Gibson EB-0 rescue & upgrade

Postby michaelm » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:32 pm

Bill, nice job 8) ! I like it.

I had a Gibson EB-0 back in the early 1970s. I was never too crazy about that one, but I was always either too lazy or too broke or both to look for another bass. The sound was good, I just thought that I'd be happier with a longer scale instrument. Then I quit bass and went back with only guitar. I don't have a clue about what ever happened to that EB-0. Maybe sold, maybe traded in, I hope not left behind. One too few brain cells left to dredge up that memory, though. Anyway, looks great -- Enjoy!
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Re: 1971 Gibson EB-0 rescue & upgrade

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:32 pm

Thanks Michael,
So you're the guy who's been reading this thread.
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Re: 1971 Gibson EB-0 rescue & upgrade

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:17 pm

Well, I finally finished the finish.
Sanded it down halfway, built up some layers of sanding filler, and did the final layers of nitrocellulose lacquer.
Wet sanded with 1000, then 2000 grit, and hand rubbed with fine polishing stuff.
I like it, but it's to valuable for me, so it's going on Ebay just as soon as I get a case for it.

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