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This era-authentic pairing—Gibson and Sunn—blends humbucking output with 40 watts of EL34 amp power and a pair of 12" speakers.

Cue metal music for this two-pickup 1962 Gibson EB-6 bass—one of just 68 in existence.

Gibson introduced its first electric bass guitar in 1953 and initially named it, aptly enough, Electric Bass, although it's better known today as the EB-1. It was followed by various EB models over the next several years, including the semi-hollow EB-2 in 1958 and the double-cutaway solidbody EB-0 in 1959. By the end of 1959, a semi-hollow 6-string bass debuted and was named the EB-6. Poor sales caused Gibson to replace it with a solid SG-style body version in late 1961 that retained the EB-6 name. The company catalog touted: “A new and exciting treat for bass players. A 6-string electric bass which gives a full octave lower guitar tuning on a regular bass scale length."

Wes Montgomery and the Cars' Ben Orr are among the model's notable users.

The new solidbody EB-6 started with a single pickup, as on the previous model, but soon added a second humbucker. (Only a small number of single-pickup models were produced.) The 1963 Gibson catalog described the instrument's features: “ New extra-thin custom-contoured double-cutaway body design. Slim, fast, low-action neck joins body at the 17th fret. One-piece mahogany neck, adjustable truss rod, rosewood fingerboard, pearl dot inlays. Combination bridge and tailpiece adjustable horizontally and vertically. Two powerful humbucking pickups. New nickel-plated string damper. Hand brace mounted on pickguard. Heavy-duty machine heads with metal buttons." As luck would have it, inadequate sales also caused the solidbody EB-6 to be discontinued by 1966 (but, according to the Gibson Shipment Totals book, two stragglers shipped in 1967). Only about 68 of these basses were manufactured, and Wes Montgomery and the Cars' Ben Orr are among the model's notable users.

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Bogner Amplification has partnered with renown and highly respected Arcane Pickups for their exclusive line of vintage PAF-style humbuckers.

North Hollywood, CA (November 3, 2014) -- Bogner Guitar Pickups - its time has come!!! Bogner Amplification has partnered with renown and highly respected Arcane Pickups for their exclusive line of vintage PAF-style humbuckers. Bogner, has been creating inspiring sonic designs for 25 years, and understands that everything in your signal chain is critical to your creativity.

Designed by Bogner and built by Arcane in Los Angeles, each pickup is wound on a vintage machine and features the finest quality components. These pickups deliver clear, balanced and sweet cleans. It’ll be instantly evident you’ll hear and feel dynamic, articulate and harmonically rich overdriven tones that don’t get in the way of your guitars tonality and playing style.

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These six models boast fine tones and unique personalities, but they’ve never quite gotten their due.

Pickups are simple devices with only a few parts: magnets, wire, bobbins or coil-formers, and mounting hardware. But those parts interact in endlessly complex ways. Even a small change in materials, measurements, or physical layout can have massive effects on tone. Given that, it's hardly surprising that we have so many different pickups to choose from, each with a unique voice.

Yet a few designs tend to command most of our attention. It's no mystery why humbuckers, P-90s, and Fender single-coils are so popular: They sound excellent, perform consistently, and are suitable for many musical styles. But here we'll sidestep those universally admired classics and focus on a half-dozen great-sounding vintage models from the 1950s and '60s that have never quite gotten their due.

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