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Epiphone Embassy Deluxe

EBDL solid-body bass guitar

Epiphone Embassy Deluxe
Epiphone Embassy Deluxe

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Epiphone 1964 full line catalogue1964 full line catalogue

This is the first catalogue to show the Embassy Deluxe
Epiphone 1966 full line catalogue1966 full line catalog

Epiphone is proud to present solid body instruments that offer the depth, the sharp treble, the biting tone and the virility that all guitarists seek from a solid body instrument
ModelEmbassy Deluxe EBDL
Available1963-1969
PickupsTwo Gibson Thunderbird IV humbuckers
Scale34"
BodyMahogany. 13" wide (lower bout), 17" long, 1 3/8" thick
NeckOne-piece mahogany, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. No binding, 20 frets. Double sided headstock, changing to the Epiphone batwing headstock after 1965.
HardwareIdentical to the Gibson Thunderbird IV; 2 volume and 1 tone control. Tune-o-matic bridge, with nickel bridge and pickup covers.
FinishesCherry and custom colours: Sunset Yellow, California Coral, Pacific Blue

The Embassy Deluxe was the Epiphone equivalent to the Gibson Thunderbird IV. Both were launched in 1963, deleted in 69, had identical hardware, but the Embassy lacked the body shape and through-neck of the Thunderbird. They were both long scale instruments (Gibsons first) and both were priced identically ($289.50 in the 1/10/66 price list). Sales of this model and the Thunderbird were poor, 507 Embassies vs 605 Thunderbird IVs over the years 1963-69.

Other than the Embassy Deluxe Special, all 1960s Epiphone solid body guitars and basses had the same body style (almost symetrical pre-1964, with a shortened lower horn thereafter), they are the Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe, Epiphone Crestwood Custom, Epiphone Wilshire, Epiphone Coronet and Epiphone Olympic guitars, and the Epiphone Newport and Epiphone Embassy Deluxe basses.

In the 1970s the Epiphone (now Japanese manufactured) launched a new bass dubbed Embassy, however with a model number ET280. This was a double pickup instrument with a different body shape, bolt-on neck, shorter 30 1/2" scale, and very different hardware.

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