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The bridge began transitioning from a two pole tune-o-matic with metal intonation saddles to a three pole with no mutes, still including a chrome bridge cover.

Other 1973 Gibson EB3-L characteristics: Larger headstock including gold silkscreened Gibson logo with "i" dot connected to the "G" and open "o", two screw plastic truss rod cover with no model name, 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 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 pickguard, 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, chrome bridge cover, input jack on body front, strapholder on body back, five screw plastic controls access cover on body back.

Gibson shipped a total of 478 Cherry and 177 Walnut EB3-L's in 1973. For 1973 serial numbers see the "Gibson Serial Number Chart". For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes.