ORIGINALLY PRODUCED: 1959-61
TYPE: Solid slab body, twin cutaway, 4-string
NECK: Mahogany, set neck, 20 medium frets
SCALE LENGTH: 775mm (30.5-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, white dot inlays
HARDWARE: Chrome bridge/tailpiece, single-saddle bridge with strings anchored on baseplate, banjo-style tuners
PICKUPS: One large double-coil humbucker with black cover
CONTROLS: Volume & tone
FEATURES: The ‘banjo’ style headstock means that the tuning keys face backwards
FINISHES: Cherry red only
COMMENTS: This was the first version of the EB-0 and modelled on the Les Paul Junior guitar. When the guitar became the SG the EB-0 was given the same facelift. With the single humbucking placed against the neck this had a big fat sound further enhanced by the significant mass of the slab mahogany body. Its weight was certainly one of its downfalls.
Although popular in America it was not so easy to find in the UK however Glen Cornick of Jethro Tull used one for a while and that certainly increased the interest level over here. Occasionally these appear with a chrome plate over the strings to support the wrist, but the earliest versions don’t have one. The EB-1 came first but this was cheaper, hence the EB-0 model number in keeping with Gibson's price-related standard.