In the 1960s, Epiphone guitars and basses were produced by Gibson at their factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, mostly using the same materials and components as used in the construction of Gibson bass guitars. The Epiphone Newport was the Epiphone equivalent to the single pickup Gibson EB0, having the same mahogany rosewood construction, circuitry scale and finish; whilst the Epiphone Newport Deluxe EBD was equivalent to the double pickup Gibson EB3. And just like the EB range, a fuzztone Newport, model EBSF (as opposed to EB0F) and six-string EBS6 (although sometimes listed as EB6) were also produced in small numbers.
The single pickup Newport was priced exactly the same as the EB0 ($240 at 1/10/66 prices). Like the EBOF a fuzztone version was made in very small numbers in the early sixties (Epiphone EBSF). Both EB0 and Newport were comparatively big sellers; the most successful Gibson and Epiphone basses of the period, but the Gibson always outsells the Epiphone, in this case 12874 to 2523 (Total sales of EB0:EBS 1961-69). Just 89 EBD double pickup models were made between 1961-63, being replaced by the Epiphone Embassy Deluxe bass in 1963.
Other than the Olympic Special, all 1960s Epiphone solid body guitars and basses had the same body style (almost symmetrical 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.
|Pickups||One large Gibson EB0 humbucker||One large and one small humbucker||One large Gibson EB0 humbucker||One Epiphone mini-humbucker|
|Body||Mahogany. 13" wide (lower bout), 17" long, 1 3/8" thick|
|Neck||One-piece mahogany, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. No binding, 20 frets. Double sided headstock, changing to the Epiphone batwing headstock in 1963.|
|Hardware||1 volume and 1 tone control. Bar bridge with mute.||2 volume and 2 tone control5. Bar bridge with mute.||1 volume and 1 tone control. Built-in fuzz tone.||1 volume and 1 tone control. Bar bridge with mute.|
|Finishes||Cherry and custom colours: Sunset Yellow, California Coral, Pacific Blue|
In the 1970s the Epiphone (now Japanese manufactured) launched a new bass dubbed Newport, however with a model number ET285. This was a double pickup instrument with a similar body shape. but a bolt-on neck and very different hardware.
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