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EPIPHONE | CATALOGS | 1964 | PAGE 5, BASS

Epiphone Olympic guitars and Embassy and Newport basses

1964 Guitars Basses Amplifiers catalog page 5

Epiphone 1964 full line catalog. Page 5, Epiphone solid bodies, continued from page 4.

The Epiphone Olympic, Double Olympic, and Olympic Special guitars were Epiphone's cheapest solid bodies, broadly in line with Gibson's Melody Maker range (in fact the Olympic special shown here shares the same body). They were built side-by-side with the Gibson instruments at the Kalamazoo plant in Michigan, USA, and shared the same woods, construction and some components. The Olympic shown on page 9 of the previous Epiphone catalog was available as a single or double pickup model - but is analogous to the Olympic special shown here i.e. a Les Paul Junior body shape and sunburst finish - but now only available with a single pickup.

The model described here as the Olympic (and Olympic double, pictured) has the new non-symmetrical body of the other Epiphone solid bodies (Crestwood, Wilshire etc). These usually have the single sided 'batwing' headstock too - though the example pictured is obviously a transition model with non-symmetrical body but 3-a-side headstock. Like Gibson's SG series these guitars were typically finished in translucent Cherry nitrocellulose.

List prices at that time (zone 1, September '64) are the same for the Olympic Special and single pickup Gibson Melody maker are the same - which is no surprise as they are effectively the same guitar, both are $127.50. The single pickup Epiphone Olympic is next at $149.50, followed by the dual pickup Melody Maker-D at $165, and lastly the dual pickup Olympic at $180.

Two solid body Epiphone bass guitars are shown, the long-scale Embassy (equivalent to the Gibson Thunderbird) and the short-scale Newport (equivalent to the Gibson EB-0). These shared the pickups, bridges, tuning keys and electronics with the Gibson models, but there was a price difference - the Embassy was a shade cheaper than the Thunderbird IV ($355 vs $370), whilst the Newport was a shade more than the EB0! ($272.50 vs $250).

Although, theoretically all Epiphone solid bodies were available (as a special order) in the three extra colours listed: California Coral, Pacific Blue, Sunset Yellow, the Epiphone solid body basses were almost exclusively produced in translucent Cherry finish.

1964 Epiphone "Guitars, Basses, Amplifiers" catalog, page 5: Epiphone Olympic guitars and Embassy Deluxe and Newport basses
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Epiphone Embassy Electric Bass Guitar Husk Repaired Cherry

Epiphone Embassy Electric Bass Guitar Husk Repaired Cherry

State College, Pennsylvania, 168**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$140

Up for sale is an Epiphone Embassy bass husk. The headstock was partially cracked and repaired. It??s a good solid repair but the crack line is still visible. It will not separate under normal conditions. Has some finish marks. The neck is straight and truss rod functions as it should. The frets are in great shape. I will ship well packaged in a proper box. Thanks for looking and please ask any questions. Most my items ship the next day if purchased before 8pm EST
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Epiphone Embassy Electric Bass Guitar Husk Repaired Cherry

Epiphone Embassy Electric Bass Guitar Husk Repaired Cherry

State College, Pennsylvania, 168**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$160

Up for sale is an Epiphone Embassy bass husk. The headstock was partially cracked and repaired. It??s a good solid repair but the crack line is still visible. It will not separate under normal conditions. Has some finish marks. The neck is straight and truss rod functions as it should. The frets are in great shape. I will ship well packaged in a proper box. Thanks for looking and please ask any questions. Most my items ship the next day if purchased before 8pm EST
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Epiphone Embassy Pro Electric Bass Guitar husk w /  Pickups & Tuners - project

Epiphone Embassy Pro Electric Bass Guitar husk w / Pickups & Tuners - project

Oswego, Illinois, 605**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$200



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Epiphone Embassy PRO Bass PROJECT

Epiphone Embassy PRO Bass PROJECT

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

$220

2021 Epiphone Embassy PROJECT (Husk) with Sparkling Burgundy finish
It is in like new condition. The only blemish I can find is a small scratch on the bottom of the guitar as shown in the picture
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solid mahogany double-cutaway body, a 34" scale mahogany neck capped ... more
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Epiphone Embassy Special IV Bass Guitar

Epiphone Embassy Special IV Bass Guitar

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

$300

The bass guitar you are looking at is in Very Good Condition
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Epiphone Embassy Bass Graphite Black Used

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

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Epiphone Embassy Bass, Indian Laurel, Graphite Black

Epiphone Embassy Bass, Indian Laurel, Graphite Black

National City, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$399

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Vintage NOS 1960 s Gibson Epiphone Newport Bass Pickup

Vintage NOS 1960 s Gibson Epiphone Newport Bass Pickup

Coldwater, Michigan, 490**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$400

Vintage NOS 1960s Gibson Epiphone Newport Bass Pickup .The pickup reads 14 52K ohms
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Epiphone EBEMSAMNH1 Embassy Bass, Indian Laurel Fretboard, Smoked Almond Metalli

Epiphone EBEMSAMNH1 Embassy Bass, Indian Laurel Fretboard, Smoked Almond Metalli

National City, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Vintage 1965 Epiphone Olympic Single Electric Guitar

Vintage 1965 Epiphone Olympic Single Electric Guitar

Cleveland, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Here is a 1965 Epiphone Olympic single electric guitar, made in the USA. The serial # is 5171XX. This beauty is in excellent condition. It was refinished in the original color. It was professionally done and looks original. All the parts are original. The neck is straight with good action. The frets are in great shape. All of the electronics work as they should. Included is a hard shell gig bag. This is a great guitar for any player or collector!
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1967 Epiphone Olympic Mahogany w case

1967 Epiphone Olympic Mahogany w case

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2100


1967 Epiphone Olympic MahoganyWeight: 5 LBS 13 OZmostly original guitaronly changed parts are the strap buttonsnarrow 1 9 / 16" nut which is common for 1967not 100% positive the frets are original but they are medium sized frets (not small) have no notable wear on them and are in excellent conditionIf they were changed then it was a pro job and they are excellentneck is straightaction is nice and low and easy to playtrem works niceits a really cool vintage guitaroriginal cherry finished ... more
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Rare Epiphone Olympic Solid Body Electric 1967

Rare Epiphone Olympic Solid Body Electric 1967

Danbury, Connecticut, 068**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3195

Rare Epiphone Olympic Solid Body Electric 1967
This fine guitar is a wonderful example of Epiphone and Gibson craftsmanship. This guitar has low action and great tone and sound
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Epiphone by Gibson SB-722D Olympic 1961 Sunburst "Melody Maker"

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

$4500


This Epiphone Olympic was made in the USA in 1961. Most Epiphone models made by Gibson differed from the Gibson counterparts, but the Olympic from 1961 is pretty much identical to the Gibson Melody Maker, with the only real differences being the logo and the headstock shape. This example is all original and in very clean condition. It has been pro-setup in our store. It comes with a non original hard case
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1964 EPIPHONE WILSHIRE  /  OLYMPIC VOLUME KNOB USA

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COLOGNE, GERMANY

€115

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DEFEKT Epiphone Newport Bass California Coral Shortscale E-Bass Single Coil

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€234

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Epiphone Embassy Bass

Epiphone Embassy Bass

Stalybridge, SK15***, UNITED KINGDOM

£250

Good condition bass, functionally perfect with some cosmetic wear (shown in pictures) Not used for a few years and having a clear out
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DEFEKT Epiphone Joan Jett Olympic Special Aged Classic White Gloss Gigbag

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€300

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Epiphone Embassy Bass Guitar Bundle

Epiphone Embassy Bass Guitar Bundle

Peterborough, PE7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£325

Guitar has some scratches. No crack or deep scratches. It has a ding on the back and pick scratches on the pick-guard. Fully working and cleaned and polished with Dunlop 65 set. One knob metal insert is missing. Check the photos. Cable used couple times to check guitar and amps. FB-15 amp is used for only check this guitar and fully working. Stand is very good condition, a few scratches but no dent or bent. Guitar will sent in cardboard box (not guitar box) with securely packed and will sent via... more
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1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - 41 mm - JOAN JETT MODELL

1965 EPIPHONE von GIBSON OLYMPIC SPECIAL USA - 41 mm - JOAN JETT MODELL

COLOGNE, GERMANY

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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 catalogHagstrom 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 PresidentThe 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.