1972 GIBSON EB0 BASS
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The headstock became larger and now had a gold silkscreened Gibson logo. The "i" dot was connected to the "G" and the "o" was open. The large chrome four pole humbucker pickup with black plastic surround moved away from the neck butt and towards the bridge. It occasionally had the Gibson logo engraved onto it. The one piece mahogany body became thicker and heavier and the short scale glued in neck became three piece laminated maple with 21 frets. A volute was introduced onto the back of the neck. The pickguard became black single ply or black/white/black. The input jack moved back onto the body front and the two pole tune-o-matic bridge's intonation adjustable saddles were now metal.
Other 1972 Gibson EB0 characteristics: "MADE IN U.S.A." stamp on back of headstock beneath the serial number, Grover name imprinted or Schaller M4-S open gear tuners, two screw plastic truss rod cover with no model name, unbound rosewood fretboard with pearloid dot fret markers, two silver top/black witch hat shaped knobs with with numbers, volume/tone words and metal position pointers, CTS potentiometers, small "red drop" capacitor, chrome bridge cover, strapholder on body back, five screw plastic controls access cover on body back, molded Gibson name hard case with purple or red interior or molded black chipboard case with Gibson name and red interior, literature.
Gibson shipped a total of 503 Cherry, 422 Walnut, 4 left handed Cherry and 1 left handed Walnut EB0's in 1972. For 1972 serial numbers see the "Gibson Serial Number Chart". For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes.