The Ibanez model 2403B was one of several “Gibson EB-3 style” replica basses produced in Japan during the early to mid-1970s period when Ibanez and other Japanese brands were attempting to establishing themselves.
Before Ibanez developed their own unique range of guitars in the late 1970s, they copied well known instruments from major American manufacturers such as Gibson and Martin, which ultimately led to Gibson and others, instigating litigation to prevent ongoing plagiarism. Hence the term “Lawsuit era”.
Until recently, Gibson and Epiphone continued producing variations of the EB-3 style bass, which was originally introduced by Gibson in 1961.
Body shape: Gibson EB-3 style solid body bass
Body material: Mahogany
Finish: Cherry gloss
Body dimensions: 17” long x 13 ½” wide x 1 ½” thick
Overall length: 42 ½”
Neck: Bolt On
Neck material: Mahogany
Scale length: 30 ½”
Fingerboard: Rosewood with Pearloid Dot markers
Number of Frets: 20
Tuners: Chrome DX Bass Machines
Pickups: Large Humbucking in the neck position Mini-Humbucker in the bridge position.
Controls: 2 x Volume and 2 x Tone
Plus 4-position (Varitone style) switch -
- Front Pickup,
- Back Pickup,
- Both Pickups (wired in parallel) and
- Front Pickup with midrange notch.
This Ibanez EB-3 style bass was bought new in Sydney in 1976. It was played for a brief period by the owner’s brother, who unexpectedly terminated his bass playing career shortly afterwards. It has remained in “Closet Classic” condition ever since.
It has had nothing changed on it – including the strings !
This lovely old bass is a time capsule from a period when Japanese manufacturers were pulling out all stops to compete with their big brand US competitors. The quality materials, fit & finish and attention to detail is easily apparent when you inspect and play this one.
This is everything you’d like in an old EB-3 without the rather higher price tag.
Comes with its original hard case in good condition.