I purchased a new Epiphone EB-3 after finally finding one in a store that I could play. Having owned a 1969 EB-3L the Epi was closer in design than the Gibson SG bass, not to mention a $1000 cheaper. When I started playing it there was terrible fret buzz on the first fret. Upon further inspection the nut was cut low on 3 out of the 4 strings. How could this be on a new instrument from the factory. One of the salesmen tried to shim the nut, but when I got it home the bass was almost unplayable. You had to be a gorilla to play any first fret notes. Now that I was bummed out about that, the bass felt more like a block of wood than a fine instrument. When I returned it I played a new SG bass. Nice sound, comfortable but not what I was looking for. I guess you can't go back in time.
Punta Gorda, FL