On E-bay I saw a cosmetically beat up '72, EB3L. Already 0wning an '07 SG, I liked the idea of a "Long Scale". When she arrived, she was beat up for sure. The finish was checked and cracked with damage going down to the bare wood. The frets needed replacing and the eletronics looked "Iffy". I was going to send her back to Gibson for re-finishing, but they took so long to get back to me, that I decided to go to a local luthier. 6 months later, she's back in my hands and she looks great! Now as I start to look her over, I start noticing. She has 21 Frets. The '72 Eb-3L's had 20 frets. The 21 Fretters were EB-3's. The scale length of the "L's" were 34", mine are 31". In short, I got rooked. The bass is not an "L", it is short scale, 72 EB-3. Knowing that re-finishing would be expensive, I tried to ID her before sending her out. I posted on this forum but all the replies, I got, never said whether or not it was an "L". Of course I tried the serial # on the back of the headstock. but in '72 they were not stamped "INTO" the wood. I screwed up and did not record the serial # before sending her out. In the finishing process, the #'s, and the "Made in USA" were deleted. Re-finishing her totally wiped out "The good price I paid for her". and now I have two basically same guitars. An 07 SG and a 72 EB-3. One's gotta go.