Gibson Introduces Five-String EB Bass

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.

Gibson Five-String EB Bass

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:

Gibson Five-String EB Bass Bodies

  • 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

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  1. And…it’s nearly a grand cheaper than the 4 string version….:S.

  2. Another over priced Gibson. :/

  3. Looks like a Warwick and a Burns Bison had a baby…

  4. Can we get an Epi version of this? I would rock that in an instant.

  5. Grade A Ash body, PLEKed fretboard, Babicz Bridge. I don’t think it’s a bad bass at all. I would like to play it. :-/

  6. A bit of fender , a bit of Music man!
    please be creative!

    and why the Hel onlyl 20 frets ~!

  7. ???

    well,,, I guess it’s not gibson, it looks like mix gibson and fender. just design.

  8. I own it. Kicks major butt. Part MM, part Fender, part Gibson .. yup, that’s about right. However, its a best of breed. Best bass I’ve ever played.

    • I must go back and comment almost a year later .. the fretboard width, particularly at the higher end, is a bit too wide. I regret not having gotten a four string. These days I enjoy playing a Fender 41 reissue which even with its old style U shaped neck is much more comfortable to play. Too bad as sound of EB5 I own is OUTSTANDING and quality is SUPERB. Getting 4 string over 5 was my “bad”, not Gibson’s. It’s a instrument whose tone is indicative of fine pickups, a well designed massive bridge, and fine wood with great tonal qualities.