Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)

Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)
Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)

Epiphone Newport Bass, Cherry (USED, 1961)

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One of the most unique and rare offerings in the world of vintage electric basses has to be the first-issue Epiphone Newport. Built and released alongside Gibson's EB-0 model - and made quite literally with the same exact materials, the Newport features a slim contoured Mahogany body with symmetrical horns just like its guitar brethren the Coronet, Crestwood, and Wilshire. 

The Newport model was first released in 1961, making this well-preserved beauty one of the original-batch examples with telltale features like the black covered Sidewinder pickup, bonnet knobs, and undeniably cool Epiphone headstock badge. Lightweight and compact, this short-scale solidbody bass has the signature Gibson EB sound - round, fat, and powerful with a big voice. 

This is one of the cleanest and most complete Newports we've seen to date, as these first-run examples were shipped in very low numbers. Break-free, complete with all original hardware, plastics, and electronics, it's nothing short of special. The original Cherry finish has faded into a lighter hue with more of the reddish brown look we tend to see from Epiphones of this era. The original nickel hardware has a wonderful patina as well. There's a single small crack in the lower cutaway of the pickguard, but otherwise it's just about as clean as they come. The D tuner was missing its original gear bolt, but we sourced a vintage slot head screw that was a direct fit and worked perfectly.

We're not sure we'll see one of these early Newports again, so this is an excellent opportunity to jump on a rare and vibey Gibson-made Epiphone!

Priced with aftermarket Epiphone hardshell case.

  • Solid Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck with Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and dot inlays
  • Original frets
  • 30.5" scale length
  • Medium C Profile: .86" @ 1st fret / .91" @ 12th fret
  • Original tuners
  • Original "Mudbucker" pickup
  • Original wiring harness and bonnet knobs
  • Original bridge
  • Weight: 6lb 12oz
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