Dating gibson bass
In spite of its innovative design, the EB-2 didn’t set the world on fire, sales-wise, and after changes such as Kluson tuners were introduced in late 1960, the model was discontinued in ’61, only to be resurrected in ’64, as the fabled “guitar boom” began.Moreover, its Epiphone twin, the EB232 Rivoli (, March ’09) was heard on probably more recordings by British Invasion bands than was the EB-2.The Baritone switch was also a standard feature on the EB-2D, as seen on this ’67 sunburst example (note the slide tab for the string mute at the bridge).In the late ’60s, both basses were available in Walnut or Sparkling Burgundy finishes, and like other Gibsons, were fitted with three-piece mahogany necks.
The Airline Guitars were sold through Montgomery Ward.It joined the body at the 18th fret, and its combination bridge/tailpiece was angled, which increased the accuracy of its intonation (if only in theory! Also like the Electric Bass, the EB-2 had one large pickup (with adjustable polepieces) mounted near the neck joint.According to the catalog (printed in ’58) that introduced the model, it was encased in an ebony “Royalite” cover, but some early EB-2s had a brown cover, which had been standard on the Electric Bass. The catalog heralded the EB-2 and Electric Bass (now dubbed EB-1) as “a revelation in rhythm.” The new model received top billing and was promoted as “the ideal companion for the new ES-335T guitar.” Prices were listed at 2.50 for the EB-2N (natural finish), 7.50 for the EB-2 (sunburst finish), and .50 for a Faultless plush-lined case.Below: Perhaps my favorite 1960’s guitars, the Domino’s.I have owned many Domino Californian’s over the years (the VOX Phantom copy). Domino made one of the better quality reproduction guitars in the late sixties.