GIBSON EB-2 (1964-1972)

  • Gibson EB-2 (EB-2DC)


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1964 to 1972

GIBSON discontinued the ES-335 shaped EB-2 in 1961, but it was soon back in production from 1964 to 1972 when 335 style guitars were becoming popular. These later models had right angle tuners (replacing the banjo style on the pre 1961 models) also a bridge mute (from 1960 on), two pickup option (the EB-2D) from 1966 onwards, cherry finish option (from 1965 onwards).

There were several model name variations depending on the number of pickups and the finish color. They were:

EB-2: Single pickup, Sunburst finish

EB-2C: Single pickup, Cherry finish

EB-2W: Single pickup—Walnut finish

EB-2D: Double pickups, Sunburst finish

EB-2DC: Double pickups, Cherry finish

EB-2DW: Double pickups, Walnut finish


The 1970 Catalog describes the EB2-DC as follows:


A hollow-body electric bass that features a Bass/Baritone pushbutton for two different tonal characteristics. This feature allows the bass player to achieve enormous range and versatility . . . a popular combination with today's groups.

FEATURES: Curly maple arched top. back. and rims with ivoroid binding. Slim. fast. low-action neck joins the body at the 18th fret. Three-piece laminated mahogany neck equipped with adjustable truss rod. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Combination bridge and tailpiece adjustable horizontally and vertically. Powerful humbucking pickups with separate tone and volume controls. Bass; Baritone Push button for two different tonal characteristics. Mute. 16" wide. 19" long. 1.75" thin; 30.5” scale length. 20 frets.

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Body shape featurescarved top
Body sides materiallaminated maple body sides
Body styleES-335 style
Body top materiallaminated maple body top
Hollow bodysemi-hollow body
Soundhole2 f-holes


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsamber finish, red finish, walnut finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings4 strings
Scale length30.5 inches scale-length


Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Tuner layouttwo-each-side


Pickups configuration1 humbucker pickup, 2 humbucker pickups

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