Epiphone 1961 full line catalog, page 13. Details of the Epiphone Newport bass (EBS and EBD - single and double pickup respectively), and the Epiphone Rivoli (EBV232). These Epiphone electric bass guitars were direct analogues to three Gibson bass guitars, all built side-by-side at Gibson's Kalamazoo facility: the Gibson EB-0, EB-3 and the semi-acoustic EB-2.
Although Epiphone was better known for its acoustic upright basses (see pages 18 and 19), electric basses, and solid bodies in particular were rapidly gaining in popularity. The new Newport was described as follows:
This newest solid body electric bass brings you Epiphone quality at an exceptionally modest price. It is notable for its clear sustaining response and fast, easy-playing action. The double cutaway styling brings all frets within easy reach-slim fast, low-action neck joins body at the 17th fret. Humbucking pick up has separate tone and volume controls. Outstanding features include positive action machine heads with string bass-type metal buttons, nickel plated hand rest, and ebony finger support for assistance in picking. Arched top and back in handsome red cherry finish. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Combination bridge and tail piece with horizontal and vertical adjustment.
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