1956 Gibson EB-1 Bass

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How cool is that..  Not seen one of those before...  Love the way it turns into an upright bass (not sure about the painted on F hole though :) )

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 22800
    A friend of mine has the 1969 'reissue' of this. It's an amazingly different thing from any normal bass other than the Hofner Violin, which was essentially a (visual - the original is solid and the Hofner is hollow) copy of it. It feels crude and old-fashioned compared to a Fender, even a short-scale one like a Mustang - and sounds absolutely monstrous, thanks to the enormous pickup right up by the fingerboard.

    Felix Pappalardi used one - original I think - in Mountain.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • Very cool video - but it always gives me the heebie-jeebies watching this guy playing these amazing vintage instruments with his leather jacket zip rubbing on the back; wish he'd take the fucking thing off.
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 1057
    It's in beautiful condition. I've lusted over these for years, I doubt I'll ever get to play or own one though. Pappalardi was my intro to them, the growling sustain he got from his on Nantucket Sleighride was such a beautiful sound.
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  • There's giant sea creatures turning round wondering who is calling when he plays the bottom 'e' on that.. 
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