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Vintage Vault: 1967 Gibson EB-2 With 1967 Sunn 200s

Gibson''s second bass shared its its double-cutaway, semi-solid design with the ES-335 unveiled that same year.

For about 40 years, this nearly mint 1967 Gibson EB-2 stayed in a basement alongside a Sunn 200S amp rig.
Introduced in 1951, the Fender Precision was very popular with bassists due to its easy amplification and portability. Gibson responded by launching its own Electric Bass model in 1953. The Electric Bass was a violin-shaped solidbody with one single-coil pickup in the neck position.

By 1958, Gibson released its second bass guitar, the EB-2. This bass shared its double-cutaway, semi-solid design with the ES-335 (also unveiled that year). The EB-2 retained the single neck pickup of the Electric Bass (renamed the EB-1) until 1959, when it was upgraded to a humbucker. This model was briefly discontinued in 1962, but was restored to the lineup in 1964 when ES-335-style guitars were most fashionable. While the bass was previously only available in sunburst or natural finishes, by 1965 cherry red also became an option. A two-pickup model was also offered starting in 1966.

The 1967 EB-2 bass featured here is labeled EB-2 DC (“D” for double pickup and “C” for cherry). Its characteristics are typical of that year, and they include right-angle tuners (which replaced the original banjo-style tuners in 1961), a push-push switch to add treble (added in 1959), a bridge mute (1960), and a metal neck-pickup cover (which replaced the original black plastic cover).

The original owner purchased this bass new in 1967 along with a brand new Sunn 200S head and bottom (equipped with two 15" JBLs). It must have made a thunderous roar in his basement, where it remained for the next 40 years in nearly mint condition.

Detailed Information on Gibson EB-2 basses can be found in Gibson Electrics—The Classic Years, by A.R. Duchossoir.

Though the EB-2 made its debut in 1958, this instrument’s cherry red finish wasn’t an
option until 1965. In 1960, the EB-2 began sporting a foam-covered bridge mute.

Serial number 897004 is a beautiful example of late-’60s semi-hollow bass design.

Right-angle tuners replaced the EB- 2’s original banjo-style tuners in 1961.

Dave ’s Guitar Shop
Dave Rogers’ collection is tended by Laun Braithwaite and Tim Mullally and is on display at:
Dave’s Guitar Shop
1227 Third Street South
La Crosse, WI 54601
Photos by Mullally and text by Braithwaite.