1961 GIBSON EB0 BASS
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During 1961 the EB0 changed from a slab body to it's more common pointed wing body shape. This caused the pickguard to change from a one piece black 6 screw to a 3 ply black/white/black, now with a curved ebony thumb rest under the G string. With this change, the input jack moved from the body side plate to the body front. The two screw plastic oval controls access cover on the body back changed shape and now included four screws. There was now a nickel hand rest over the strings. The large four pole humbucker pickup at neck butt began its transition from black Bakelite to chrome covered. The nickel bar bridge with a hex intonation screw at each of the two mounting poles began to include a strings mute. The EB0 became available in optional custom colors.
Other 1961 Gibson EB0 characteristics: Pearloid inlaid Gibson logo on headstock with the "i" dot disconnected from the "G" and open "o", pearloid crown inlay above center on headstock, Kluson reverse clover riveted tuners with slot head screws, two screw plastic truss rod cover with no model name, unbound rosewood 20-fret board with dot fret markers, short scale glued in neck, two silver top/black bell shaped knobs including numbers, volume/tone words and metal position pointers, potentiometers, strapholder on body back, molded chipboard case with crimson interior.
Gibson shipped a total of 535 EB0's in 1961. For the first part of the year the serial number consisted of five digits, ink stamped on the headstock back. The first digit "1" specified the year, then a small space followed by the four digit production number. During the year the serial number changed to its more common scheme. For those more common 1961 serial numbers see the "Gibson Serial Number Chart". For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes.