1972 Gibson EB3-L

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The headstock became larger and now had a gold Gibson logo silkscreened on. The "i" dot was connected to the "G" and the "o" was open. The large chrome humbucker pickup added an engraved Gibson logo and moved away from the neck butt and towards the bridge. The black/white/black/white pickguard now included a curve at the bottom end. The two pole tune-o-matic bridge's intonation adjustable saddles became metal. The input jack moved back onto the body front.

Other 1972 Gibson EB3-L characteristics: two screw plastic truss rod cover with no model name, "MADE IN U.S.A." stamp on back of headstock beneath the serial number, Schaller M4-S open gear tuners, volute on headstock back, unbound rosewood 20 fret board with pearloid dot fret markers, long scale glued in neck, large chrome four pole humbucker pickup with black plastic surround plus a second four pole chrome Gibson logo engraved mini-humbucker pickup with black plastic surround near the bridge, four position varitone "chicken-head" selector switch, four silver top/black witch hat shaped knobs with with numbers, volume/tone words and metal position markers, potentiometers, capacitors, resistors, chrome bridge cover, strapholder on body back, five screw plastic controls access cover on body back, black chipboard case with red interior, literature.

Gibson shipped a total of 268 Cherry and 204 Walnut EB3-L'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.