1968 GIBSON EB0 BASS
For photos, click on the links below:
1968 was also a transition year with EB0 basses having many different component configurations. One example is in the Pearloid inlaid Gibson headstock logo. There was sometimes no "i" dot, or the "i" dot was sometimes included and disconnected from the "G". The "o" was sometimes open and sometimes closed. Gibson used four different styles of tuners: Kluson clover riveted tuners with slot head screws, chrome closed gear Japanese tuners and Schaller tuners with the Gibson name or "G" logo engraved on. More examples of transition are sometimes a chrome hand rest over the strings, sometimes a strings mute and sometimes a chrome bridge cover.
Other 1968 Gibson EB0 characteristics: Pearloid crown inlay centered on headstock, two screw plastic truss rod cover with no model name, unbound rosewood 20 fret board with pearloid dot fret markers, short scale glued in neck, one large chrome four pole humbucker pickup at neck butt, black/white/black pickguard, curved ebony thumb rest under the G string, two silver top/black witch hat or silver top/black bell shaped knobs including numbers, volume/tone words and sometimes metal position pointers, CTS potentiometers, various shaped capacitors, brass colored grounding shield in pots cavity, two pole tune-o-matic bridge with four intonation adjustable metal or plastic saddles, input jack on body front, strapholder on body back, five screw plastic controls access cover on body back, molded black tolex case with yellow interior or black chipboard case with red interior.
Gibson shipped a total of 1350 EB0's in 1968. For 1968 serial numbers see the "Gibson Serial Number Chart". For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes.