Up for sale is mint EEB, Eastwood Electric Bass, which is a tribute to the Ampeg AEB/AUB “Scroll Basses” from the late 1960’s. I’m also including a brand new Eastwood hardshell case I bought separately that is worth around $200.
Everyone knows that vintage instruments are getting harder and more expensive to source, play, and maintain. Today, an original 60s Ampeg AEB sells for more than $2,500. The good news is that the Eastwood EEB-1 is a worthy and affordable alternative. It’s fun to play, it sounds great and it’s definitely not the same old run-of-the-mill bass that everyone else has.
The Eastwood EEB-1 has a Basswood body with through-body F-holes, a Maple neck and a Rosewood slab fingerboard. The electronics are simple: a single passive Alnico EW-Humbucker placed roughly between the modern Precision Bass location and the MusicMan Stingray bridge position.
Passive volume and tone pots are nestled in an unshielded cavity beneath a mammoth pickguard. The bolt-on construction is set apart by the full, through-body routes of the f-holes. The polyurethane finish is quite pretty, albeit a little thick on the neck.
In terms of sonics, the EEB-1 has big and powerful, but not overpowering, lows. Mids are rich, articulate and responsive. The highs are clear and sweet, but somewhat muted which is in line with the original Ampeg.
This is a great, moderately priced bass with unique vintage looks as well as some excellent modern improvements.
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