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1965 Gibson EB3 bass guitar - Pelham blue1965 Gibson EB3 Bass (Pelham blue)

In the 1960s custom coloured instruments were available in limited quantities. Unlike Fender custom colours, which were mass produced, Gibson custom colours were a rarity. it us not known how many Pelham blue EB3 (and EB0) models were shipped, but there were certainly not many. All pictures are courtesy of Craig Boehme who sold this instrument on Ebay for a little over $3000 in June 2005
This instrument is missing its chrome finger rest, but is otherwise complete

  • In picture 1 below, you can clearly see (in the expanded view) the serial numbers on the pots 1376529 - meaning they were manufactured by CTS in the 29th week of 1965.
  • Picture 2 clearly shows the characteristic early 60s EB3 features - wide spaced controls, bar bridge with mute, and even the last remnants of silver paint peeled from the bridge pickup.
  • The back of this guitar once had a sticker, which has protected the finish beneath it. The true color of Pelham blue can be seen in picture 3. The rest of the guitars body has yellowed to a much greener shade. Notice also the larger back cover which corresponds to the wider control spacing seen in pic. 2
1965 Gibson EB3 bass guitar in Pelham blue. Close up of the electronics 1965 Gibson EB3 bass guitar in Pelham blue. Controls, bridge and bridge pickup 1965 Gibson EB3 bass guitar in Pelham blue. Close up of the back

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