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1972 Gibson EB-3L
1972 Gibson EB-3L bass, cherry finish

Solid mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard with 3 piece maple neck. 34 1/2 inch scale. Two humbucking pickups.

The long scale version of the Gibson EB3 was available in Walnut and Cherry finish. Listen to this bass

1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. Body detail 1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. Body detail - neck humbucking pickup. 1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. Body detail - bridge cover, and the bridge humbucking pickup 1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. Body detail - witch hat volume and tone knobs, input jack and chicken-head selector switch 1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. Body detail - headstock with Gibson logo and crown inlays.
1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. Body detail 1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. Body detail 1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. Bridge detail, in this case the 2 point bridge, and the bridge humbucking pickup 1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. The serial number is at the top back of the headstock 1972 Gibson EB-3L bass. Rear headstock detail

The redesigned 1970s Gibson EB-3 is first shown in the 1972 catalogue
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The Gibson EB0 and Gibson EB3 were redesigned in 1972: gone were the mahogany necks and split headstocks (see a 1971 Gibson EB3L) - replaced with a thicker three-piece maple neck (the width at the nut increased from 1 1/2" to 1 5/8"), with larger headstock and a volute. The body wood was still mahogany, but they were significantly thicker: 1 5/8" compared to 1 1/4" of the preceding version, and the neck pickup was repositioned closer to the bridge.

The redesign was partially intended to strengthen weak necks: headstock breaks are very common in mahogany-necked EB basses, and maple, especially with a volute is much stronger; and partially to improve tonal clarity. The less-defined thump, inspired by the upright basses of the 1950s and 1960s were nowhere near as desireable in the 1970s. Listen to the 1972 Gibson EB3L soundclips on this site.

Differences between the EB3L and EB3 were minor (see a 1972 Gibson EB3)- naturally a longer neck (total body length is 44\" compared to \" of the EB3) and a repositioned bridge, but that is about it. All other dimensions are unchanged.

Notice the two two point bar bridge with cover. Three point bridges were not in use until 1973, but these were slightly upgraded from older versions, in having metal saddles. The machine heads are Schaller M-4-S.

This is one of 268 Cherry EB3Ls produced in 1972 (See Gibson EB3 shipping data) - compared to 530 shortscale Cherry EB3s. In total 1355 EB3 and EB3Ls were produced in 1972.

The 1972 EB-3L had series 2 circuitry with some changes from earlier EB3 basses.


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