Debuting in 1959 the Gibson EB-0 was intended as a replacement to the violin shaped EB model, which had experienced a decline in sales since its introduction in 1953. Like its precursor the EB-0 featured a solid compact mahogany neck and body and 30.5" scale length. Initially resembling the slab Les Paul Junior body style the EB-0 was then changed in late 1961 to reflect the sharp double cutaway aesthetics of its six-string solid body counterpart; the new Les Paul/SG. Equipped with a single Gibson humbucker positioned close to the neck the EB-0 shares tonally the same thud and huge low end as its big brother the EB-2 but in a more compact and nimble-playing chassis.
This super cool example from 1967 is in very rare Sparkling Burgundy; a metallic finish originally developed by Gibson to hide any cosmetic defects on some of their thinline guitars. It's very unusual to see it on a solid body instrument and this EB-0 looks spectacular with very little finish fade to the front and just enough on the back of the neck to see the glow of the copper part of the finish coming through.
The bass has the customary chrome plating of the time in line with Gibson's other instruments which looks great against the red metallic finish. The string mute still functions well giving a great alternative tone if required. The two CTS pots are dated 1967 and apart from the playing wear you would expect on a fifty-year-old instrument the '67 EB-0 is in good overall condition and is sold with a period case.