This has a 31" Scale. Only in 1969-1972 Gibson had the split headstock, and in 1971 the scale was longer at 34". Only in 1970 and 1971 they had a 3 ply pick guard, others are 5 ply.
So this Bass is a 1970 and has the pickup ring around neck pickup. I can't see the pots dates as soldered over, and you Gibson fans know the crazy see# game Gibson had back then
This Bass has all then Great Vintage Bell Tone of our songs we love from back in the day. You remember when guitar's and songs had distanced tone and riffs! Comes in Orig Gibson Case. All works well,plays Great Sounds Great! Came from a pro player who gigged out many years in many bands and made of living off playing. Has big flat wounds string on it, and smooth player here folks.
As with all EB basses the neck pickup can be a bit hot for some, but with some careful blending with the bridge, great tones are available.
Launched in 1961, with a launch price of $285, the 1960s EB3 was very popular with the British bands of the late 1960s; Jack Bruce (Cream), Andy Fraser (Free), Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Trevor Bolder (David Bowie), Glen Cornick (Jethro Tull), Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) and Chris White (Zombies) all used the EB3 as did many others in the sixties and seventies. Today it still used by bassists such as Jared Followill (Kings of Leon), Mike Watt (Iggy and the Stooges)
The EB3 had a solid mahogany body, 30½ inch scale, mahogany one-piece neck with rosewood fingerboard (1961-71). It differed from the EB0 in having two pick-ups-the same Humbucker at the neck plus a smaller pick-up at the bridge and came with a varitone switch for four distinct tones - including an incredibly bassy choked neck-pickup sound, often referred to as 'mud' by EB3 fans and detractors alike. Two variations were the "split-head" in late 1969 to '72, and the Long Scale (full 34 inch length) in 1971