Great tone woods, and versatile tonal options
Gibson has an enviable back catalogue of iconic guitar designs to draw upon, but when it does, it often provides a new version that builds on the considerable strengths of the original. The Gibson EB Bass 2014 is just such an instrument.
This 4-string bass has been built around a great combination of tone woods. A solid, swamp ash body featuring a slightly offset, double cutaway body provides lively, dynamic tone, with meaty low-end. This is paired with a maple set-neck, shaped to a comfortable rounded profile, and finished with a rosewood fingerboard. The maple adds a degree of tonal ‘focus’ and clarity to the bass’s tone. Like all 2014 Gibson guitars, the EB has a 120th Anniversary inlay at the 12th fret.
The pickups fitted to the EB Bass are a powerful match for the tone wood choices. Twin, alnico humbuckers are fitted, which deliver fat, high output tone. These are wired via individual volume controls, and a master tone. Slightly unusually for a bass, these can be split into individual coils via push/ pull volume switches.
Whereas in humbucker mode, the tone is thick, weighty, and powerful, the single coil mode offers a more defined, punchy and articulate sound. The individual volume controls allow an astonishing range of tones to be created via these flexible controls.
The guitar is finished with nitrocellulose, as Gibson’s finest instruments have been for decades. This thin, yet hard finish allows the body and neck to resonate more freely, providing a more dynamic playing experience, and fuller, livelier tone.
The Babicz bridge provides stability, along with lots of sustain, whilst Grover tuners keep tuning well anchored at the headstock. A stunning, vintage-style hard case is included, to protect it when not in use, and to keep the bass looking at its best.
The Gibson EB Bass 2014 is a guitar with huge appeal. Combining great looks, great woods, and flexible onboard electronics, this is a bass with an enormous range of tones within its grasp.