Gibson is building upon their recently relaunched EB Bass series with a 5-string version. As with its 4-string accomplice, the new Five-String EB Bass takes its body shape from the original EB’s SG-inspired body and gives it an offset-double-cutaway design.
The bass is built with a Grade-A ash body, a Grade-A maple neck featuring a rounded ’50s profile, and a rosewood fingerboard. It sports a pair of the company’s new EB Bass pickups, designed by Jim DeCola, which are made with Alnico V rod magnets with proprietary winding that Gibson says allows for versatile performance. Each pickup has a separate volume control that can be popped up to access a frequency tuned coil tap to get a single-coil sounds.
Hardware includes a Babicz Full Contact bass bridge and Grover sealed-gear tuners with a 20:1 ratio.
The Gibson Five-String EB Bass will be available soon with a street price around $1,159. For more info, check out the Gibson website.
Gibson Five-String EB Bass Specs:
- Body: Grade-A Ash
- Neck: Grade-A Maple
- Neck Shape: Rounded ’50s Profile
- Construction: Glued-in Neck
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Frets: 20
- Scale: 34?
- Inlays: Acrylic Dot
- Nut: Corian
- Slots: Gibson PLEK System
- Tuners: Grover 20:1
- Bridge: Babicz Full Contact
- Knobs: Black Top Hat with Silver Inserts
- Pickguard: Tortoise Shell
- Pickups: DeCola Humbuckers
- Controls: 2 Push/Pull Volumes, 1 Tone Control
- Finish: Nitrocellulose
- Colors: Vintage Gloss Fireburst, Vintage Gloss Natural
- Case Included