1953 Gibson EB1 Bass

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In 1953 Gibson entered the electric bass market by introducing the Gibson "EB" or "EB1". It featured a brown violin shaped solid mahogany body with pinstripes and two embossed on F holes.

1953 EB1 features: Headstock including a silkscreened Gibson logo with the "i" dot connected to the "G", or including a pearloid inlaid logo with the "i" dot disconnected from the "G". The "o" was open on both versions. It also featured a two screw plastic truss rod cover with no model name, plastic banjo-style tuners, serial number embossed onto back of headstock beginning with a "3" followed by the production number, 20 fret board, large brown plastic covered 4 pole alnico humbucker pickup at neck butt with poles away from neck, short scale glued in 30.5 inch neck, pearloid dot fret markers, one piece brown pickguard with metal brace, two brown barrel knobs, nickel bar bridge with a hex intonation screw at each of the two mounting poles, input jack plate on body side, strapholder on upper bout, two screw brown plastic oval controls access cover on body back, two red cylindric "Tiny Chief" capacitors, potentiometers, screw in telescopic upright playing pole, contoured brown case with purple lining.

Gibson shipped a total of 105 EB1's in 1953. For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes.