1978 Gibson EB3 Bass
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1978 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, 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 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, three pole bridge, chrome bridge cover, input jack on body front, strapholder on body back, five screw plastic controls access cover on body back, split shaft potentiometers, molded black tolex Gibson name hard case.
Gibson continued the eight digit serial number headstock dating scheme in 1978. Ex: 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 89 Cherry, 57 Walnut, 31 White and 3 left handed Walnut EB3's in 1978.