Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) – 1968 Gibson EBS-1250 double neck bass / electric guitar, made in USA, ser. no. 929990; Finish: walnut, buckle rash to the back and further blemishes as to be expected for age; Fretboard: rosewood; Frets: generally good; Electrics: working, bass neck pickup replaced with a DiMarzio and with coil switch added to the scratchplate (original retained); Hardware: generally good, replaced control knob; Case: fitted hard case in tired condition bearing three Bee Gees stencil logos to the front
*Purchased from Maurice Gibb, circa 1974. The vendor and Gibb were acquainted having played on the ‘circuit’ together in the 1960s and later living a few miles away from each other in Oxfordshire. The two had stayed in touch over the years talking, amongst other things, about Gibb potentially buying back the EBS1250 until sadly, he suddenly died. Gibb had told the vendor that the guitar was custom made for him by Gibson to his requirements. He also told the vendor that it was him who sprayed the Bee Gees stencils on the guitar case. The DiMarzio pickup was a modification that Gibb carried out. The original Gibson pickup is included.
A picture of Maurice Gibb playing the guitar is provided and videos can be seen online of him playing it – see ‘Bee Gees – My World Stereo’ on YouTube. A statement of provenance from the vendor is included.
The Gibson EBS-1250 model was made in very small numbers, with Gibson records showing that only 22 were ever shipped. Due to lack of production, Gibson stopped recording shipping numbers of this model in 1967, with only 3 being made in that year. It is likely that this could be the only EBS-1250 made in 1968.
Estimate £7,000 – 10,000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)
Sold for £7000 12th September 2018