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The rear end of the old Gibson plant, backs on to Bush Street; the address used by Epiphone in the 1960s

When Gibson acquired Epiphone in 1958, it moved production to its own plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There were a few reasons that Gibson wanted Epiphone. Epiphone had been Gibsons greatest competition before the company began to flounder. They had tooling for upright basses which Ted McCarty, (Gibson president) had long admired, and producing another brand would go some way to offer Gibson-made instruments to dealers who were not part of Gibsons existing territory agreements. Gibson have always preferred not to have too many outlets for their product.

A new building (right hand side of the above picture) was added to the Gibson plant in 1960, behind the existing Gibson plant (far left of the picture, just beyond the famous Gibson chimney). Epiphone guitars and basses were still built in this old building alongside the Gibson models, but to keep customers thinking these were different lines, the postal address used for Epiphone was the one on the far right, 47 Bush Street.

Epiphone Basses

Epiphone have made, and still do make some very nice bass guitars. The company had made fine upright basses in the 1950s, but didn't make a bass guitar until Gibson took over. In 1961 it launched two models, the solid-body Newport, and the semi-acoustic Rivoli, followed by a long scale solid-body, the Embassy Deluxe, in 1963.

Production moved to Japan in 1969/70.


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Pair of 1970s Gibson USA Speed Knobs For SG L6-S Grabber Ripper Special EB3 Eb0

Current price: £23.79
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VINTAGE GIBSON EB0 EB-0 BASS POTS CAPACITORS CONTROLS SET 1965 GOOD (BB)

Current price: £163.60
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Vintage 1973 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass Plays Great, Sounds Great W/Hard Case EB0

Current price: £683.56
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Rare! 1960 Gibson EB-O Bass Cherry w/OHSC Single Piece Mahogany Body And Neck

Current price: £3804.51
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2013 Gibson EB Bass Super Clean, Versatile, USA Made with case

Current price: £445.59
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1973 Gibson EB3L EB-3L Bass Pickguard VINTAGE! USA

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GIBSON EB0 BASS - CHERRY - VINTAGE GIBSON BASS - 1959

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Gibson 4 Or 5 String BASS Guitar Case EB Grabber 2012 2013 ? Right Or Left Hand

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Vintage 1968 Gibson SG junior Jr EB0 Control Harness Pots Caps 1969 219PT1

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Vintage Gibson NOS Parts Rosewood EB / KZoo Finger Rest

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2012 Gibson EB Bass Lefty Left Handed Sunburst LH

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VINTAGE 1973 USA GIBSON EB-O BASS GUITAR CONTROL CAVITY COVER EB-3 L 1974

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VINTAGE 1972 USA GIBSON EB-4L BASS GUITAR PICKGUARD ORIGINAL EB

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Vintage 1969 Gibson EB-0 Bass- Cherry Walnut Finish (1842)

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VINTAGE 1967 USA GIBSON EB-O BASS GUITAR PICKUP w COVER ORIGINAL EB 2 EB 3

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VINTAGE GIBSON EB0 EB-0 BASS POTS CAPACITORS CONTROLS SET 1969 GOOD USED (ZZ)

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Vintage 1971 Gibson SB300 Bass Guitar - Walnut, Good Condition, OHSC

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1969 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Bass Guitar Slot-Head Rare & Hard to Find

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Gibson 1973 EB0 Bass - Lovely vintage bass - All original - REDUCED

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AxeMasters LH (Larger Hands) BRASS NUT Gibson EB Series Bass Guitar & Copies

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