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Gibson EB2 Chronology

YEAR PRICE NOTES
1958   1958 Gibson catalogue
1958 NAMM show - Gibson EB2
The Gibson EB2 bass on display at the 1958 NAMM show, Chicago - picture from the Sept/Oct 1958 issue of Gibson Gazette.

The Gibson EB-2 was launched in 1958, as a companion to the electric archtop the ES-335. It was initially available in two finishes, Natural and Sunburst. Sunburst being by far the most common; in the period 1958-61 the numbers produced were Sunburst - 427, Natural - 90. Check out the EB2 in the 1958 Gibson catalogue

1959

EB-2 $285
EB-2N $300[1]

1959 Gibson EB2 bass1959 saw the addition of the baritone button. It is announced in the May/June 1959 Gibson Gazette

This new Gibson doesn't need bulk for a fine bass sound. It's one-tenth the size (and a fraction of the cost) of a fine string bass, with volume to fit the need. It offers much more facility and handling ease for all string bass effects... tremendous sustain and tremolo, fast plucking and slap bass. It even adds a new baritone voice - popular for rock 'n roll - with its new "Vari-tone" pushbutton switch

1960

EB-2 $285
EB-2N $300[2]

1960 Gibson catalogue The EB2 is in the 1960 Gibson catalogue, and it describes the new baritone button, however the picture is still the one from the previous catalogue.

1960 the first year for a mute banjo tuners replaced by Klusons?

1961   EB-2 discontinued in 1961, being replaced in the June 1961 price list by the EB-3.
1964  

1964/65 Gibson EB2 promo sheet1964/65 Gibson EB2 promo sheet

The EB2 was reintroduced in 1964, yet it did not appear in the September price list.

1965

EB-2 $310
EB-2C $325[3]

EB-2 $325
EB-2C $340[4]

1965 Gibson advertisement including the EB2The Summer 1965 issue of Gibson Gazette had an advertisement for Gibson electric thin models, including the EB2.

Two finish options are listed in 1965 promo materials, Sunburst and Cherry.

1966

EB-2 $325
EB-2C $340
EB-2D $395
EB-2DC $410[5]

EB-2 $360
EB-2C $375
EB-2D $420
EB-2DC $435[6]

1966 Gibson catalogue

The April 1966 price list was the first to include the two-pickup EB-2D, although in this first year, ten times as many one-pickup instruments were shipped as two-pickup.

The EB2 in the 1966 Gibson catalogue

1967

EB-2 $395
EB-2D $435[7]

This is the peak year with regard sales. 2746 EB-2s (all versions) were shipped in '67, making this Gibsons best selling bass, outselling the EB-0, EB-3 and Thunderbird.

Sparkling Burgundy was first listed in the September price list. This was a finish applied to cover other finishes, and related to a checking problem caused by moisture in the original finish.

1968

EB-2 $425
EB-2D $470[8]

1968 Gibson EB-2D bassThe second best year sales-wise. Once again the EB-2 is Gibsons best-selling bass. Walnut was first listed as an available finish in June of this year for both one-pickup and two-pickup models.

Have a closer look at this 1968 Gibson EB-2D

1969

EB-2 $450
EB-2D $495[9]

1969 Gibson EB-2W bassThe moisture problems which lead to the Sparkling Burgundy finish had now been solved, and this 'camoflage finish' was now discontinued.

Have a closer look at this 1969 Gibson EB-2W

1970

EB-2 $450
EB-2D $495[10]

EB-2D $510[11]

1970 Gibson bass catalogue The 1970 Gibson bass catalogue was the last to show the EB-2 and EB-2D. The one-pickup EB-2 was discontinued this year; the last listing in the March price list.

February 1970: Gibson sent 150 EB-2 basses to Long Binh military base, Vietnam. Perhaps the last EB-2s shipped?

1971

EB-2D $510[12]

EB-2D $525[13]

Only two-pickup EB-2Ds were available in 1971, although no shipping figures are available.

1972

EB-2D $550[14]

The October '72 price list is the last one to include the EB-2D, before being dropped in favour of the Les Paul Signature as Gibsons hollow-body bass.

1) November 1959 price list • 2) Gibson 1960 catalogue / price list • 3) June 1965 price list 4) February 1965 price list • 5) April 1966 price list • 6) October 1966 price list • 7) September 1967 price list • 8) June 1968 price list • 9) September 1969 price list • 10) March 1970 price list • 11) September 1970 price list • 12) June 1971 price list • 13) November 1971 price list • 14) October 1972 price list


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