1970 Gibson EB3 Bass
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The rosewood fretboard now included binding and only 19 frets. During the year a "MADE IN U.S.A." stamp was introduced onto the back of the headstock beneath the serial number. There were some early 1970 instruments manufactured with no USA stamp.
Other 1970 Gibson EB3 characteristics: Slotted headstock with no crown inlay, glued in Gibson name pearloid logo with no "i" dot and closed "o" or silkscreened on gold logo with "i" dot connected to "G" and open "o", two screw plastic truss rod cover, Schaller banjo-type tuners with Gibson "G" logo on the gear cover, pearloid dot fret markers, short scale glued in neck, four pole chrome humbucker pickup with black plastic surround at neck butt plus a second four pole chrome mini-humbucker pickup with black plastic surround near the bridge, black/white/black/white pickguard, four position "chicken head" tone selector switch, four silver top/black witch hat shaped knobs with numbers, volume/tone word and metal position pointers, potentiometers, various shaped capacitors, two pole tune-o-matic bridge with four intonation adjustable plastic saddles, chrome bridge cover, input jack plate on body side, strapholder on body back, five screw plastic controls access cover on body back, molded black tolex Gibson name case with gold or purple interior.
Gibson shipped a total of 1940 EB3's in 1970. For 1970 serial numbers see the "Gibson Serial Number Chart". For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes.