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1965 Epiphone Newport

1965 Epiphone Newport bass, cherry finish

Solid Mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard. Single humbucking pickup. 30 1/2 inch scale.

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Model 1965 Epiphone Newport
Pickups Two One EB humbucker
Scale 30 1/2"
Body One piece mahogany body. Width \" length \" thickness \" overll body length \".
Neck One piece set mahogany neck. Rosewood fingerboard. Adjustable truss rod. 20 frets. Width at nut "
Hardware 1 volume and 1 tone control. Gold bell knobs.Gibson bass bar bridge. Kluson 538 machine heads.
Weight kg

Epiphone Newport circuit.

The Epiphone Newport bass guitar was manufactured between 1961 and 1969; and this example comes from the middle year, 1965. 1964-1966 were the peak years for the Newport (see Epiphone Newport shipping figures), and so, of all the Newport hardware configurations, this is probably the most abundant.

The Newport was based on the Gibson EB0. It's hardware and construction is typical for a mid-sixties Kalamazoo plant bass: mahogany body, mahogany set (glued-in) neck with rosewood fretboard, EB humbucker (narrow metal cover) situated right up by the neck, bar bridge and nickel-plated Kluson 538 tuning keys.

This combination of woods, pickup and construction give the Newport the same distinctive deep, rich, bass of the Gibson EB-O, but when played down by the bridge it can give some much snarlier tones.

The shorter scale and light weight makes for a very playable instrument indeed.


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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
sir randy biggleswade Comment left 17th February 2013 21:09:02
A very cool bass from a very cool year. I have a 1965 newport bass too. All that Gibson depth but with a far more eclectic look. Check out Marshall Grant (bassman for Johnny Cash) who had factory black Newport and Colin Moulding (bass for XTC) - for some live Newport action

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