EB-3 review by Epiphone

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  • Overall Impression: 2
  • Reliability & Durability: 4
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 4
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 4.5 Poor
  • Users' score: 8.4 (86 votes)
Epiphone: EB-3

Purchased from: Ebay

Overall Impression — 2
I play mostly punk music and a little bit of rock, this bass does not suite either well. I have been playing for 5 years now and I think I will stick to my Fender Standard Jazz Bass (around the same price). I did read a lot of reviews on this bass before I bought it and a lot of them were good, but I really honestly would not recoment this bass to anyone, it is a really big hassel. If it were stolen I would definately not buy another one. I hate everything about this bass it doesnt really have any cool features other then it looks cool that's about it. I am comparing this bass to my Fender jazz bass, and this bass is completely different in all ways, just because it's different doesn't mean it's bad, but I just dislike this product, it is a bad design and a disgrace to Epiphone and Gibson products.

Reliability & Durability — 4
This bass will withstand live playing, but be really careful while transporting, keep it in a hardcase because the neck is set and can break or crack if left in the cold to long. The strap buttons are basic, nothing special about them. I guess you can depend on this bass but you might want to bring a backup just in case. I do enjoy the cherry woodgrain finish and it seems tough but the body dents extremly easy so be careful.

Action, Fit & Finish — 4
The guitar was set up poorly, and you cant adjust the bridge well either because it is a 3 position and if you bring it down low the bass will buzz alot, and when you get it set so it doesn't buzz the strings are quite high off the fretboard which leads to slow action through the neck (no good at all). Ok the pickups were also set up poorly I adjusted the hight to where I wanted them and you can also turn the little magnetic screws in the pickups to lower or higher them kinda handy because you will definately want to do this. And yes just as everyone else said it is neck heavy and if you let go the head stock bashes off of the floor.

Features — 8
Made in 1999, in Japan. 24 frets, thin neck which I enjoy, normal frets. I am not sure what kind of wood it is but it dents extremely easy. The finish on mine is cherry but you can also get it in black. It is an SG body as you can see in the pic, ok now the bridge is extremely complicated on this thing you can adjust it anyway you want to but it ir really hard to set perfect, it took me hours. Passive electronics. You have 4 knobs, 2 tones and 2 volumes 1 tone and one volume for each pickup. Also a pickup selector switch, you can use the bridge pickup both pickups or just the neck pickup. You have a sidewinder pickup at the neck which is extremely bassy and a mini humbucker at the bridge.

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    to mittens16: a few things... 1) when downtuning, raise the action. 2) get a noise gate, or an amp with treble boost (might just be a vintage amp feature but mine has one; its from the 80s). 3) ever heard of a truss rod?
    mitten16, you don't actually have an EB-3 do you? you just want to slag off a top quality bass. ask anyone who plays it.
    Hahaha, wow. Anyways, I was thinking about getting this. I'm pretty set on getting it, I'm just wondering though, what kind of fret inlays does it have?