Epiphone EB-3 - Ebony

4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Ebony
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A Classic Bass Design and a Great Value!

The Epiphone EB-3 solidbody Four-string bass gives you big tone and fast playability, thanks to its combination of a long-scale set-neck design, SG-style double-cutaway body, and dual-pickup configuration. The EB-3 bass's mahogany body is equipped with a heavy-duty bridge, a Sidewinder bridge pickup, and an NYT Bass mini-humbucker for maximum sustain and a range of great tones. The mahogany neck is slim and comfortable, and its rosewood fingerboard includes classy trapezoid inlays. Sure, it's a very affordable instrument but the EB-3 is also a great-playing tone monster of a bass!

Epiphone EB-3 Four-string Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Rich tone, courtesy of mahogany
  • Short scale comfort and tone
  • A classic Epiphone bass
Rich tone, courtesy of mahogany

The EB-3 bass sports a mahogany body for exceptional sustain and a powerful, bassy voice. And with a pair of humbucking pickups, you'll get a wide variety of warm, mellow tones from the EB-3 bass. But don't think that the EB-3 bass stays back in the mix - crank the volume and tone controls, and you can shape the sound of the dual humbuckers however you need to hold down the rhythm.

Long scale tone and sustain

While most SG-style bass guitars boasted short-scale necks, the EB-3 sports a long-scale mahogany neck for classic bass tone with a ton of vibe. The longer scale allows low frequencies to develop fully, give you a rock-solid punch and focus that you - and your amplifier - will love. And the sustain is sweet too!

A classic Epiphone bass

In the mid-'60s, the EB-3 "SG" bass was the only bass being produced by Epiphone. And they must have gotten it right on the first try, because the EB-3 bass became a favorite of rock icons like Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones, Jack Bruce from Cream, and John Entwistle from The Who. This EB-3 bass gives you the vintage vibe and feel of the original, without the vintage price tag.

Epiphone EB-3 Four-string Bass Guitar Features:
  • Four-string "SG" bass, with a longer scale length for more tonal depth and body
  • Color: Ebony
  • Classic "SG" body style, the first electric bass style produced by Epiphone
  • Mahogany body and neck provide exceptional sustain and wonderfully warm bass response
  • Sidewinder humbucking pickup in the neck position and NYT Bass mini-humbucker at the bridge capture organic and vintage-sounding tone that's suitable for a variety of musical styles
Grab an electric bass guitar from the days of the rock revolution - get the Epiphone EB-3 four-string bass guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape SG
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Ebony
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape SG
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Trapezoid
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.65"
Bridge/Tailpiece Stoptail
Tuners Chrome
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Sidewinder Humbucker
Bridge Pickup NYT Bass Mini Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way pickup switch
Strings (.045-.105)
Manufacturer Part Number EBG3EBCH1

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Beautiful Bass

I have to look at the headstock to remind me this isn't a Gibson from the 60's. It definitely has the Gibson vibe. It's a beauty to look at. With the dual pickups and the three-way selector switch, you can get a lot of different tones. I like this bass so much, I had to buy the matching SG 400.
Music background: Pro Musician

Solid Bass

(Ownership period: Six months.) This was my first Epiphone purchase. I wasn't sure of the quality verses price question but decided to make my purchase based on other reviews of Epiphone products. The fit and finish on this bass are superb, or to be more precise- PERFECT! . Set-up was on the mark. Neck feel is quite good. Adequate volume and tone control response makes blending the pick-ups easy. It is a bit neck heavy and will dive if you are not careful. As a consequence, it's not a super fast neck. Over-all, a great bass at a great price.
Music background: Hobbyist

good rockin bass

you can't find a better bass for the money
Music background: artist


I got this beautiful black bass a few years back...was pleasantly surprised by the quality and workmanship in such an affordable instrument! Very nice appearance! Always dug me some Jack Bruce...and I've always been an SG guy on guitar! I did have to do an action/intonation adjust, and swap out the strings...other than that, it now plays fine...better with age. Less stiff. The sound?...no complaints. Epiphone seems to have nailed premium quality sound on budget instruments. I really like the mid position...both pickups...with the neck pup volume rolled back a bit, and the bridge pup wide open. Solid rock tone though both my old SWR Super Redhead, and my newer Ampeg. Overall?...DEFINITELY worth purchasing and playing! Bang-for-the-buck!
Music background: Former semi-pro old timer bassist/guitarist/home studio geek.
See also: Epiphone, Epiphone 4-string Bass Guitars