1959 Gibson EB-0


Introduced in 1959, the Gibson EB-0 was one of the flagship models in the Gibson bass guitar range at the time. This example is from the first production year, featuring the Les Paul Jr Double Cut style body. Only 123 EB-0's were shipped in the first production year, making this a particularly rare instrument in its own right. However, the main attraction with this 1959 Gibson EB-0 is its astounding provenance, having been previously owned and played by Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, and used extensively on tour with Iggy Pop among others. 

This guitar includes a booklet of photography from the 1979/80 Soldier Iggy Pop tour, where it can be seen being used by Glen Matlock on stage. We also have photographs of Glen Matlock using the bass on stage with Sid Vicious for the one off performance of the band Vicious White Kids that took place on the 15h August 1978 at Camden's Electric Ballroom, and featured Vicious and Matlock along with Nancy Spungen, Rat Scabies of the Damned and Stella Nova in what would be the last UK performance by Sid Vicious before his death.

The bass itself features a slab mahogany body and mahogany neck, with a single humbucker pickup, dot fret markers, crown peg head inlay and original cherry finish. 

This guitar is in very good condition, and sports the sort of play wear that you would expect from a guitar that has spent many years on stages and in studios. This guitar is internally and externally original. It has at some point been fitted with a set of non original tuners, although the original banjo styles tuners are now back in place with only some small filled holes visible from the previous set. This guitar includes a later '60s period Gibson hard case. 

This guitar has been given a full service and set up by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty. 

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