1977 Gibson EB3 Bass
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1977 Gibson EB3 characteristics: Large headstock with gold Gibson logo silkscreened on. The "i" dot was connected to the "G" and the "o" was open. plastic truss rod cover with no model name, Schaller BM tuners including Gibson name and Phillips head screws, unbound rosewood 21 fret board with pearloid dot fret markers, short scale glued in neck, large chrome four pole humbucker pickup with black plastic surround positioned away from the neck butt plus a second four pole chrome mini-humbucker pickup with black plastic surround near the bridge, black/white/black/white/black pickguard with curve at bottom end, four position varitone selector switch, four silver top/black witch hat shaped knobs with numbers and volume/tone words, CTS potentiometers, small capacitors, three pole bridge, chrome bridge cover, input jack on body front, strapholder on body back, five screw plastic controls access cover on body back, solid mahogany body.
For the first part of the year serial numbers were eight digits beginning with an "06" prefix located on the headstock back. In August Gibson changed it's eight digit serial number headstock dating scheme to: YDDDYPPP- The first and fifth letter indicate year of production. The second, third and fourth letters indicate the day of production within the year. The sixth, seventh and eighth letters indicate the manufacturing plant: 001 to 499 shows production rank at the Kalamazoo factory and 500 to 999 shows production rank at the Nashville factory. Gibson shipped a total of 125 Cherry, 78 Walnut, 11 White and and 4 left handed Walnut EB3's in 1977.