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Epiphone bass guitars

The story of vintage Epiphone basses from 1960s-1980s

Epiphone Rivoli
Epiphone Newport bass

Think of vintage Epiphone bass guitars, and you probably picture a hollowbody Rivoli in the hands of a 1960s beat group. This was actually the first Epiphone electric bass; they only built upright acoustic basses in the 1950s prior to it's purchase by Gibson/CMI - in fact part of the rationale for taking over Epiphone in 1957 was to get the associated bass tooling. Today, Epiphone bass guitars are a huge part of Gibson's product line, offering several pretty accurate reissues of classic Gibson and Epiphone bass models, but at a quite affordable price point. This page is about the older Epiphone basses: those built by CMI in Kalamazoo, and those built for Norlin in the 1970s and early 1980s.

The Epiphone electric bass story begins in 1957. Once Epiphone guitar production was moved to the Gibson plant, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, new models started to appear. These were branded as Epiphones, but usually based on Gibson models, sharing hardware and Gibson construction methods, and sometimes almost identical. The point of this duplication was to allow them to be distributed to stores who wanted Gibson quality products but had not been lucky enough to be selected as the Gibson dealer for a certain area. These Epiphones were every bit as good as the Gibson guitars with which they were produced side-by-side.

Vintage Epiphone basses - USA models

The first Epiphone bass guitar was introduced in 1959: the hollow-body Epiphone Rivoli based on the Gibson EB2. It was only manufactured in small numbers, and was joined by the solid-body Epiphone Newport based on the Gibson EB0 in 1961. The Newport had it's own body and headstock shape; although functionally and tonally very similar to the EB0, it looked very different. The Rivoli was identical (excluding headstock shape and pickguard) to the EB2.

Both the Newport and Rivoli basses were short (30") scale, and in 1963, Gibson produced it's first long (34") scale model, the Gibson Thunderbird and the Newport-styled Epiphone equivalent, the Embassy Deluxe.

As the 1960s ended, American guitar companies were really struggling to compete with cheaper imports from Asian manufacturers. Epiphone production ceased at Kalamazoo in 1969, in favour of a number of similar looking, but considerably cheaper models produced by Matsumoku in Japan.

Japanese Epiphone bass guitars

The final Epiphone price list of the 1960s (June 1968) lists the single-pickup Newport at $270, with the Rivoli at $425. The first Epiphone catalogue of the seventies (Oct 1970) lists a dual pickup solid body bass #1820 at just $115, and an electric-acoustic equivalent to the Rivoli the #5120 at $135. The price difference was simply huge.

These were both rebranded versions of guitars that had been available since 1967 - under the brands Aria, Conrad and possibly many more. The #5120 was previously sold as the 1220 bass, the #1820 kept the same model designation as used by Aria.

So just how did these models differ from the basses they were replacing? Both had the same short (30 1/2") scale, a rosewood fretboard and 20 frets, and a Cherry finish - that is about where the similarities end. The new models were dual pickup instruments (as opposed to the single pickup Rivoli and Newport) but with single coil units instead of humbuckers. The traditional set neck was replaced by a much simpler (probably maple) bolt-on. Body woods are unspecified in literature of the time, but were no longer the mahogany of the Newport, nor the maple of the Rivoli.

By 1972 these two models were renamed ET-280 and EA-260; and were joined by a third model, another dual pickup solidbody, but this time with a long (34") scale: the ET285. It had more of the styling of the original Newport, with the earlier body shape and the same characteristic scratchplate, but with the same hardware as the ET-280.

1972 Epiphone brochure showing the three models available at that time, the ET-285, ET-280 and EA-260

The forementioned models were pretty basic, hence their low prices in comparison to previous Epiphone models. The next bass to join the Epiphone line was a step up however, and was launched at the 1974 NAMM show in Houston: the ET-288N.

The Epiphone ET-288N had similar body styling to the ET-285, i.e. the familiar Newport-esque shape with overall short body and slightly extended top horn. But it had a very different construction: it featured a maple body, but with a maple through-neck, and maple fretboard, similar in construction to the earlier Gibson Thunderbird, or bearing in mind choice of woods, the Rickenbacker 4001.

It had better hardware and electronics too; it was fitted with more powerful humbucking pickups (in fact around this time the ET-285 was also upgraded to humbuckers) and separate volume and tone controls for each pickup.

As the seventies wore on, Epiphone continued this trend of favouring mid-level basses over the absolute budget instruments of 1970. The ET-280 was phased out in 1975, followed by the EA-260 in 1976. The Epiphone Scroll and Genesis ranges appeared briefly in late 1977 and 1979 respectively, each offering several guitar models and one bass. Again these were a step up in design and features, offering better quality woods and more advanced electronics.

In the early 1980s, a number of solid-body Epiphone instruments were produced in the USA once more, branded Epiphone USA. No bass models were officially offered, however at least one oddity came out of the Kalamazoo plant: the Epiphone E-3 / B-450. It was basically a Gibson G3, which was at the end of its production run, with it's bottom horn removed and the tip of the headstock reshaped. At least three examples exist - probably more.

Current Epiphone bass production

Today, Epiphone guitars and basses are produced in China and Korea. The Epiphone bass range is greater than it has ever been, with replicas of many classic instruments widely available at reasonable prices.

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Epiphone ET285 Bass guitar Pickup Used condition SEE DETAILS

Epiphone ET285 Bass guitar Pickup Used condition SEE DETAILS

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone ET285 Bass guitar Pickup. 1970's. Used but fully functional with signs of use but in good condition for its age. 9 63K ohm at 22 5 C / 72 5 F. Length of braided lead wire is 10 inches. Ceramic magnets. No mounting screws or springs included. Pickup being sold as is. Other items in photos (multimeter and thermometer) are not included, they were only used to show the output and the temperature at which the output was taken at. Photos are part of item description. Presently only shipping... more
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Epiphone ET-285 Bass, 1970s Made in Japan

Epiphone ET-285 Bass, 1970's Made in Japan

Blackwood, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This bass is in good shape for being about 50 years old! There are two screw holes in the body (pictured), assuming that was for an ashtray-style bridge cover that we do not have
Weight: 9 29 lbs... more
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Epiphone by Gibson Rock Bass, Slightly Used

Epiphone by Gibson Rock Bass, Slightly Used

Lyndon Station, Wisconsin, 539**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here being offered is a Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass in slightly used condition, extremely clean with gig bag. Pictures are part of the description. Ships only to the continental USA.
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1970s Epiphone ET-285 Electric Bass with OHSC - 3 Tone Burst - Vintage

1970s Epiphone ET-285 Electric Bass with OHSC - 3 Tone Burst - Vintage

Evansville, Indiana, 477**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1970s Epiphone ET-285 Electric Bass with OHSC - 3 Tone Burst - Vintage. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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Mint "2013" "Epiphone Viola"  Looks New with "HOFNER MODIFICATIONS"

Mint "2013" "Epiphone Viola" Looks New with "HOFNER MODIFICATIONS"

Riverside, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here we have a Beautiful 2013 "EPIPHONE VIOLA" in absolutley "PRISTINE CONDITION" This Bass has been modified to " HOFNER SPECS " . I had this Bass a bit overhauled for "THE BEATLES" enthusiast. I had a "HOFNER GERMAN TAILPIECE put on, a "HOFNER BRIDGE" a "HOFNER NUT" "HOFNER TUNING PEGS" put on "LABELLA FLATWOUND STRINGS" put on, and had the EPIPHONE CONTROL PANEL, (volume and tone controls) into 250k just like "THE HOFNER " . It has been completely set up and ready to do it's duty. I thought ... more
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Gibson / Epiphone Newport Bass Guitar 65-66 Vintage USA

Gibson / Epiphone Newport Bass Guitar 65-66 Vintage USA

Beach City, Ohio, 446**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Used beautiful in very good condition I have owned this bass for over 40 years in the late 70??s this bass was refinished and refurbished by Virgil Lay founder of Lays guitar repair in Akron Ohio everything that is on this bass was done in 1978 it has many awesome upgrades a Bartolini split coil muddbucker pick up with two 2 position toggle switches a Badass bridge and Grover tuners. Bass is strung with Thomastik flat wound strings plays smooth and flawless very nice action. It??s not perfect ... more
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Vintage Epiphone by Gibson EB-O Short-Scale 4 st Electric Bass Guitar  R4394

Vintage Epiphone by Gibson EB-O Short-Scale 4 st Electric Bass Guitar R4394

Pleasant Hill, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


SINCE 2007
Condition Specifics
Local trade from a non smoker. Fresh set up. Tunes and plays great. Neck is straight Good frets. Minor wear on normal spots Finish cracks in neck pocket, like most bolt on neck guitars. The top hat knobs have some cracks. Good playing and sounding bass guitar. All the ... more
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Epiphone Embassy Special IV Bass Guitar

Epiphone Embassy Special IV Bass Guitar

Harrison, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The bass guitar you are looking at is in Very Good Condition
This Bass not only plays great but sounds even better
The frets and neck are in Perfect Shape!
Bass has light scratches on front headstock as shown in pictures
Weight 8 0Lbs 2oz
If you have any questions, please ask
Scale pictured, Case or Bag is Not Included.... more
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Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass Ebony Jazz Bass Hockey Stick Headstock Very Rare

Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass Ebony Jazz Bass Hockey Stick Headstock Very Rare

Flower Mound, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass Ebony Jazz Bass Hockey Stick Headstock Very Rare.
These were made from 1986-93 according to the internet. The serial number sticker has been peeled of, but I believe this is an earlier one
Very nice looking bass
Sealed tuners, new strings, brass saddles, black on black with matching headstock, all original
The body has a few light nicks and scratches, in the clear coat. None major
No apparent fret wear or groves
The bass has just had a ... more
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Epiphone Newport Bass California Coral

Epiphone Newport Bass California Coral

Rochester, New York, 146**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Barley used 2023 Epiphone Newport bass, stoll has the plastic protective film on the pickguard! I bought this for my son but he didn't bond with it. These are great basses with a vintage short scale sound you won't find anywhere else, I love them so much I have two! Bass is in beautiful condition with barley any playing time on it. The bass has been professionally set up with nice low action and low action. Sorry no case but the bass will be double boxed and professionally packed. Thanks for ... more
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Epiphone ET288N Electric Bass Guitar NICE

Epiphone ET288N Electric Bass Guitar NICE

Georgetown, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Introducing the Epiphone ET288N Vintage Bass, a rare gem hailing from the esteemed Japanese craftsmanship. This vintage beauty combines timeless design with exceptional playability, offering an immersive bass experience that will leave you spellbound
Featuring a straight neck, the Epiphone ET288N ensures flawless playability, allowing you to effortlessly explore the depths of its rich tones. Rest assured, this bass is not only a captivating collector's piece but also fully functional, ready ... more
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Epiphone Embassy Bass *SHELL ONLY* - Smoked Almond Metallic (1011)

Epiphone Embassy Bass *SHELL ONLY* - Smoked Almond Metallic (1011)

Franklin, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for Sale is an Epiphone Embassy Bass husk in Smoked Almond Metallic. This is a gorgeous bass which came to us missing all its hardware and electronics. The headstock is stamped USED per our agreement with the manufacturer. This guitar is in as-is condition, and may have various imperfections such as light surface scratches, dings, or finish cracks. Perfect for projects or partscaster builds. Please feel free to ask any questions, and thank you for checking out our listings!
This item is ... more
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1972 Epiphone 1820 / ET280 Short Scale Bass Guitar  Made in Japan

1972 Epiphone 1820 / ET280 Short Scale Bass Guitar Made in Japan

Fairfield, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I am selling a vintage 1972 Epiphone 4 string short scale bass guitar with its original case. Made in Japan. I have another guitar just like this with a perfect pickguard and I am going to put this perfect pickguard on this bass. The case is useable
Added photo: the excellent pickguard I removed from my other ET280 and will put in place of the original pickguard in the photo
There is a hairline crack on the body top I noticed after I took these photos. Please wait to bid until I get ... more
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1970s Epiphone ET-285 Electric Bass with OHSC - 3 Tone Burst - Vintage

1970s Epiphone ET-285 Electric Bass with OHSC - 3 Tone Burst - Vintage

Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1970s Epiphone ET-285 Electric Bass with OHSC - 3 Tone Burst - Vintage
For sale, a 1970s Epiphone ET-285 in very good vintage condition - functionality and playability are perfect whereas the cosmetic condition is pre-loved showing surface scratches and minor indentations. The original bridge pickup was swapped by the previous owner sometime ago, and was replaced with a now vintage Dimarzio J Bass Split Coil pickup. This pickup choice gives the bass even more of a nice well rounded sound ... more
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Epiphone by Gibson Rock Bass, Slightly Used

Epiphone by Gibson Rock Bass, Slightly Used

Lyndon Station, Wisconsin, 539**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here being offered is a Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass in slightly used condition, extremely clean with gig bag. Pictures are part of the description. Ships only to the continental USA.
... more
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Epiphone Embassy Bass Creme White With Custom Hardshell Case.

Epiphone Embassy Bass Creme White With Custom Hardshell Case.

Arlington Heights, Illinois, 600**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone Embassy Bass Creme White With Epiphone Hardshell Case (a $200 value). Has same electronics system as Gibson Thunderbird. 2 piece bridge. Looks, plays and sounds awsome!!
Excellent condition. Sold as is
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60's Epiphone by Gibson Embassy Deluxe Bass - made in USA:
+ mahogany body finished in wine red, has lots of weather checking and wear, several extra screw holes on back
+ mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, LONG SCALE, has 4 minor SURFACE stress cracks below tuners=check last 3 pics
* skinny neck profile on back around first 5 frets
+ new Fender Reissue tuners
+ 1 original THUNDERBIRD pickup & 1 newer Fender Jazz bass single coil
+ new pickguard
+ new pots and ... more
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Epiphone Rivoli Bass

Epiphone Rivoli Bass

Newcastle-under-lyme, ST5***, UNITED KINGDOM


Epiphone Rivoli Bass. 1997 re-issue. Colour - black. Lightweight semi-hollow body. Afew scratches due to age. Beautiful & iconic bass that sounds & looks amazing. Gutted to let go but i dont use it any more. ?Comes with epiphone hard case??. Collection only
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Vintage Epiphone Rivoli Bass EB232 C 1967 In Original Translucent Cherry Finish

Vintage Epiphone Rivoli Bass EB232 C 1967 In Original Translucent Cherry Finish



Vintage Epiphone Rivoli Bass EB232 C 1967 In Original Translucent Cherry Finish.

An outstanding extremely rare original in Collector??s Grade Condition vintage model bass guitar

The original 1960s Rivoli was available in Sunburst and Natural finishes, with Cherry added in 1966. Just 312 instruments (out of a total US production of 1864) shipped in Cherry between 1966 and 1968. This only amounted to 17% of the total US production. The vast majority of Rivolis had the ... more
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Gibson Epiphone EB-0 Cherry

Gibson Epiphone EB-0 Cherry

Firenze, 50***, ITALY


Gibson Epiphone EB-0 Cherry.

Il basso Epiphone EB-0 SG, Cherry offre una forma slanciata e elegante dello strumento in scala corta, con toni richhi e potenti che si adattano ad una vasta gamma di stili musicali. Il corpo classico SG è stato costruito con legno in mogano solido e tastiera in palissandro, fornendo insieme un tono caldo e corposo.
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1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional