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1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe
1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass, cherry finish

Solid mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard. Two Gibson humbucking pickups. 30 1/2 inch scale.

1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Body detail 1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Body detail - bakelite cover over humbucker pickup 1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Body detail - nickel bar bridge 1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Body detail - volume and tone knobs, input jack 1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Solid headstock with above-center crown inlay, and inlaid Gibson logo
1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Body detail 1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Body detail 1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Nickel hand rest. 1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Serial number on the back of the headstock, above Kluson 538 tuning keys. 1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass. Solid headstock and Kluson 538 tuners.

Short scale strings suitable for the Epiphone Newport bass

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Fender 5250XL Short Scale Bass Extra Light Strings (Fender short scale Nickel Steel roundwounds)

Rotosound RS77S Jazz Bass Strings Short Scale (Rotosound - Bass Strings - RS77S - Jazz Bass)

Rotosound RS88S Trubass Standard Gauge Short Scale Strings (Rotosound - Bass Strings - RS88S - True Bass (Black Nylon))

D'Addario EXL160S XL Regular Short Bass String Set (D'Addario Bass Strings Nickel Wound Short Scale - Regular)

Playing her out with the Silver Brazilians

Playing her out with the Silver Brazilians

The Epiphone Newport Deluxe bass guitar, or EBD, was manufactured between 1961 an 1963, and only in very small numbers; 89 in total (see Epiphone Newport shipping figures). Notice that this is very much the old-style Newport; the body and headstock are symmetrical. The Deluxe was only produced until 1963; presumably no batwing headstock or asymmetric body-shape Newport Deluxes were made, as these features came in in 1964.

It is fitted with typical early-sixties Gibson hardware; nickel plated throughout. Early sixties humbucker (wide cover), and mini-humbucker (the surrounds were painted silver on both the Gibson EB3 and Epiphone EBD), bar bridge and Kluson 538 tuning keys.

Epiphone Newport Deluxe circuit. This is effectively wired up the same as an SG or ES-335 guitarThis is effectively a Gibson EB-3, albeit a simplified one without the varitone. The controls are the same as an SG or 335; two volume and two tone, with a three-way pickup selector switch.

Sound Clips

Recorded directly from the bass into the computer via a M Audio mobile pre USB sound card. The bass was strung with Labella Deep-Talking flatwounds.

The Newport Deluxe was never shown in an Epiphone catalogue, although it was mentioned, alongside the regular one-pickup version, in both the 1961 and 1962 Epiphone catalogues. Only 89 Deluxes were made, making this one of the rarer Epiphone models. In the same period Gibson made seven times as many EB3s, and almost five times as many one-pickup Newports.


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