EB basses are derived from the legendary SG six-stringed guitars. EB basses are not as popular as their six-string counterparts, but they do have their own huge fan base. Currently, Epiphone maintains several models in this interesting series and EB 0 is one of them. Solid double-cut body has a classic symmetrical horn design and bolt on neck joint. Top is flat with beveled edges. Traditionally, there is no binding and the entire body is made of mahogany. On it`s top, there`s a vintage four-saddled bridge with chrome plating. In the front, there is a full-sized active humbucker. Master volume and master tone knobs are installed in the controls section. Neck is made of mahogany and it is topped with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard.
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I picked up one of these used at the local GC a few months back. I had planned on using it to teach my petite wife to play a bass but she quickly lost interest. However, I soon found that I rather liked the short scale neck and very light weight of the instrument, so I find myself playing it more and more. The good points of the EB-0 are the light weight and short scale which makes it much more friendly to a guitar player, like myself, or an individual with smaller hands. Overall quality is about average for current imports, which regrettably is slowly going down hill. The action was a bit on the high side and there was a slight bow of the neck as a result. Fortunately, I am a passable guitar technician, so all it took was a little tweak of the truss rod and some bridge adjustment to put things right. The massive single Humbucker gives a full deep tone which is often the downfall of short scale necks. It offers a surprising range of tonal variations, but I think it would be nice to have a bridge pickup as well like the EB-3. On the down side, it is very poorly balanced with a profoundly neck heavy tendency if you forget and let go of the neck while standing. This is a really bad thing for live performances. Luckily, I have not had my headstock bang into anything as a result of the sudden neck dive, but despite my constant reminders to myself to not let go, I feel certain that it is inevitable. Because of this, a good set of strap locks are almost mandatory for this bass. Unfortunately, the neck side strap button is held in place by one of the neck screws which will not fit any of the available strap lock systems. I ended up drilling a small hole in the back side of the upper horn and attached a set of Dunlops which are more comfortable in a rear mounting position. It is still neck heavy, but at least it is not going to shed the strap and end up on the floor. Overall, I would rate this as a good guitar for a beginner or casual player. It is also handy for the guitar player that might be looking for a bass to do some tracks in the studio. Beyond that, I think I would keep looking.
Epiphone EB 0 3.38 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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