Epiphone Adds Vintage Styled Basses to Pro Series

Epiphone has unveiled two new Pro design basses: the Embassy Pro Bass and the Thunderbird Vintage Pro Bass. The new instruments are inspired by models from the 1960s with modern updates.

Epiphone Embassy Pro Bass

The Embassy Pro commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Epiphone joining Gibson. It’s built with a mahogany neck and body that’s been rebalanced for comfort. It also has improved gear. “It features new ProBucker #760 Bass Humbuckers and improved hardware, including a Tune-o-matic bridge, a ’60s-inspired “claw” tailpiece and 2-on-a-side tuners for better balance,” Epiphone writes.

Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro Bass

The Thunderbird Vintage Pro features the classic offset body shape and is also fitted with the new ProBucker 760 pickups. Epiphone calls it an “incredibly accurate reproduction” of the first Thunderbird introduced in 1963. Available in Alpine White, Ebony, and Tobacco Sunburst, the neck-through bass is built with a seven-piece mahogany and walnut neck with walnut body wings. Similar to the Embassy Pro, it’s fitted with a ’60s Tune-o-matic bridge and a Claw tailpiece.

The Epiphone Embassy Pro Bass and Thunderbird Vintage Pro Bass will be available in October with street prices of $399 and $599.

Epiphone Embassy Pro Bass Specs:

Body Material:Mahogany
Neck Material:Mahogany
Neck Shape:1960’s SlimTaper-D profile
Neck Joint:Glued-In, Set Neck
Scale Length:34″
Headstock:Sloped Dovewing with pearloid “Epiphone” logo
Frets:22 medium jumbo
Truss Rod:2-way Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover:2-layer (Black/White) with printed “E” in white
Fingerboard Radius:12″
Fingerboard Inlay:pearloid “Dot” inlays
Nut:Artificial Bone
Nut Width:1.625″
Pickguard:Antique Ivory Color = 3-layer (Black/White/Black) Dark Cherry & Ebony Color = (White/Black/White)
Machine Heads:Premium Die-Cast Bass; 17-1 ratio
Neck Pickup:Epiphone ProBucker Bass #760-2N Humbucker
Bridge Pickup:Epiphone ProBucker Bass #760 1N Humbucker
Controls:Master Volume, Master Tone, Blend
Knobs:Historic Epiphone “Barrel” knobs with metal inserts
Bridge:1960’s TB-Bass Tune-o-matic; Adjustable
Tailpiece:1960’s “Claw” Tailpiece
Output Jack:Rim-mounted, “barrel” style; metal
Colors:Antique Ivory (AI), Dark Cherry (DC), Ebony (EB)
Other:“2017” logo on back of headstock

Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro Bass Specs:

Body Material:Mahogany Body Wings
Neck Material:7-ply; Mahogany/Walnut Laminate
Neck Shape:1960’s Rounded Bass Profile
Neck Joint:Through-Neck
Scale Length:34″
Truss Rod:Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover:1-ply black with “Epiphone” silkscreened in GOLD
Frets:20 Medium Jumbo
Fingerboard Radius:12″
Fingerboard Inlay:pearloid “dot” inlays
Nut:Imitation Bone; White
Nut Width:1-1/2″
Pickguard:3-Layer (White/Black/White); “Thunderbird” logo in black
Machine Heads:Open-gear Bass Tuners with historic “Clover” buttons; 17:1 ratio
Neck Pickup:Epiphone ProBucker Bass #760 Humbucker
Bridge Pickup:Epiphone ProBucker Bass #760 Humbucker
Controls:Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
Knobs:Gold Top Hats with chrome metal inserts
Bridge:1960s TB-Bass Tune-o-matic; Adjustable
Tailpiece:1960s “Claw” Tailpiece
Plastic Parts:Black; PVC
Colors:Alpine White (AW), Ebony (EB) Tobacco Sunburst (TS)

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