Based on Gene Simmons’ heavily modified 1959 EB-0, the Gibson Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass is the first 30.5” scale bass from the Gibson Custom Shop.
Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass
This new Gene Simmons EB-0 Bass is a limited run from the Gibson Custom Shop with 100 models being produced.
As mentioned above it is based on the modified 1959 EB-0 that he played with Kiss during the 1970s and so will be instantly recognisable to any of their fans.
He currently, has a Thunderbird model in the standard Gibson range, but this new Custom Shop one is almost three times the price of that one.
It is also the first 30.5” scale bass from the Gibson Custom Shop so something a little different from them.
With the original EB-0 bass, Simmons reshaped the neck, refinished the body, replaced and relocated the pickup, and added body binding. He also installed a custom pickguard, swapped out the tuners, and added a replacement high-mass bridge.
The Custom Shop has replicated all this work and it is as close as possible to Gene’s original bass. It has a double-cut mahogany body finished in an ebony nitrocellulose finish with with single-ply white binding.
It has a custom Gene Simmons 1959 EB-0-profile neck shape and a 12”-radius Indian rosewood fretboard, with acrylic dot inlays, and is fitted with 20 low-profile frets, plus a Corian nut.
This model mimics the original with a single SG Bass pickup situated closer to the bridge, with master volume and tone controls.
Hardware includes a Kluson High Mass bridge and a set of Grover Mini Bass tuners.
It comes in a custom hard case with case candy, including a set of plectrums in a tin.
This will almost certainly be a bass for fans of Kiss and Gene Simmons, as it is super expensive and a highly limited run.
It looks great though and it should have plenty of clank with that single humbucking bridge pickup.
MSRP – USD 6499 / GBP 7199
- Based on the original modified Simmons bass: Gibson
- Single SG Bass pickup: Gibson