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Overview by GAK

The Epiphone Embassy Bass was first introduced in 1963 and has been a firm favourite among players ever since, thanks to the vintage looks and powerful humbuckers. Epiphone has recreated this classic model and added some improvements that the modern-day player demands.

The Epiphone Embassy has an asymmetrical double-cutaway Mahogany body for easy access to the upper frets, and have improved the balance by shortening the lower horn and slightly increasing the upper horn length making it easy to play for hours. There’s also a set-in mahogany neck with a 34” scale length and comfortable ‘C’-shaped profile, topped with a 20 fret Indian laurel fretboard, and a Historic Bass Tune-O-Matic bridge with Historic Claw tailpiece to complete the vintage look.

For pickups, it has two ProBucker Bass 760 humbuckers, which replicate the original Gibson mid-60s Thunderbird pickups, with barrel-style Master Volume, Tone, and Blend control knobs to give you tons of tonal options, delivering the classic P.A.F. sound with a warm low end.

To complete the Epiphone Embassy Bass are die-cast clover button tuners, a white pickguard, nickel hardware and a Smoked Almond Metallic finish.

Overview by Epiphone

Ever since it was first introduced in 1963 the Epiphone Embassy Bass has been a player favorite, and now it’s back and better than ever. Featuring an asymmetrical solid mahogany double-cutaway body, a 34" scale mahogany neck capped with an Indian laurel fretboard with 20 medium jumbo frets, a 2 x 2 headstock design for improved balance, and a pair of powerful ProBucker™ 760 humbucking pickups, along with master volume and tone controls, as well as a pickup blend knob for outstanding tonal versatility.

  • BODY
  • Body Shape: Epiphone Embassy asymmetrical double cutaway
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Profile: Medium C
  • Scale Length: 34" / 863.6mm
  • Fingerboard Material: Indian Laurel
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12.01"
  • Number Of Frets: 20
  • Frets: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material: Imitation Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.63" / 41.275mm
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dots
  • Joint: Glued in, Set Neck
  • HARDWARE
  • Finish: Nickel
  • Tuner Plating: Nickel
  • Bridge: Historic Bass Tune-O-Matic™
  • Tailpiece: Historic Claw
  • Tuning Machines: Die Cast - Clover buttons
  • Pickguard: Black - White on Graphite Black model
  • Truss Rod: Dual Action
  • Truss Rod Cover: 3-ply Epiphone bullet with E logo
  • Control Knobs: Epiphone Historic Barrel knobs with metal inserts
  • Strap Buttons: 2 - bottom and tip of upper horn
  • Mounting Rings: Metal - Nickel plated
  • ELECTRONICS
  • Neck Pickup: ProBucker™ Bass 760 Neck
  • Bridge Pickup: ProBucker™ Bass 760 Bridge
  • Controls: Volume, Blend, Tone
  • Output Jack: 1/4"
  • MISCELLANEOUS
  • Strings Gauge: .045, .065, .085, .105
  • Case: Optional (940-EMBCS)
  • BODY
  • Body Shape: Epiphone Embassy asymmetrical double cutaway
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Profile: Medium C
  • Scale Length: 34" / 863.6mm
  • Fingerboard Material: Indian Laurel
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12.01"
  • Number Of Frets: 20
  • Frets: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material: Imitation Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.63" / 41.275mm
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dots
  • Joint: Glued in, Set Neck
  • HARDWARE
  • Finish: Nickel
  • Tuner Plating: Nickel
  • Bridge: Historic Bass Tune-O-Matic™
  • Tailpiece: Historic Claw
  • Tuning Machines: Die Cast - Clover buttons
  • Pickguard: Black - White on Graphite Black model
  • Truss Rod: Dual Action
  • Truss Rod Cover: 3-ply Epiphone bullet with E logo
  • Control Knobs: Epiphone Historic Barrel knobs with metal inserts
  • Strap Buttons: 2 - bottom and tip of upper horn
  • Mounting Rings: Metal - Nickel plated
  • ELECTRONICS
  • Neck Pickup: ProBucker™ Bass 760 Neck
  • Bridge Pickup: ProBucker™ Bass 760 Bridge
  • Controls: Volume, Blend, Tone
  • Output Jack: 1/4"
  • MISCELLANEOUS
  • Strings Gauge: .045, .065, .085, .105
  • Case: Optional (940-EMBCS)
  • BODY
  • Body Shape: Epiphone Embassy asymmetrical double cutaway
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Profile: Medium C
  • Scale Length: 34" / 863.6mm
  • Fingerboard Material: Indian Laurel
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12.01"
  • Number Of Frets: 20
  • Frets: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material: Imitation Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.63" / 41.275mm
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dots
  • Joint: Glued in, Set Neck
  • HARDWARE
  • Finish: Nickel
  • Tuner Plating: Nickel
  • Bridge: Historic Bass Tune-O-Matic™
  • Tailpiece: Historic Claw
  • Tuning Machines: Die Cast - Clover buttons
  • Pickguard: Black - White on Graphite Black model
  • Truss Rod: Dual Action
  • Truss Rod Cover: 3-ply Epiphone bullet with E logo
  • Control Knobs: Epiphone Historic Barrel knobs with metal inserts
  • Strap Buttons: 2 - bottom and tip of upper horn
  • Mounting Rings: Metal - Nickel plated
  • ELECTRONICS
  • Neck Pickup: ProBucker™ Bass 760 Neck
  • Bridge Pickup: ProBucker™ Bass 760 Bridge
  • Controls: Volume, Blend, Tone
  • Output Jack: 1/4"
  • MISCELLANEOUS
  • Strings Gauge: .045, .065, .085, .105
  • Case: Optional (940-EMBCS)

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  • Matthew Norrie

    27/5/2021

    It's a £350 bass so was not expecting it to be getting a setup or anything by the retailer so spent the first hour tinkering. Was able to get a nice low action with no buzz and am happy to report that the bridge had enough adjustment space for proper intonation with the stock strings, although it was a pretty close thing with the E string (see photo). There were some anecdotal reports of incorrectly positioned bridges on some earlier Embassy Pros which meant some people couldn't intonate the E string correctly as they ran out of adjustment space. Not the case with this one. Neck relief was fine and pretty much to my liking so I didn't mess with that. The good - lovely looking bass, it's a hard colour/finish to capture with the mobile phone - it's a deep, rich gold with a fine metallic flake to it and a stupid name. Finish is excellent quality, didn't see any oopsies in the surfaces. Some slight going over the lines at the top of the headstock where the gold impinges slightly on the black front, but nothing to get too annoyed about. Sounds good to me, definitely got some of that T-bird growl about it, but was only listening through headphones/practice amp so will reserve judgement until I hear it through the amp but if it sounds good with a practice amp then it surely can't sound worse! Fretwork is decent, no protruding edges that I could feel. Weight is good, pretty light without feeling unsubstantial. Balance is good, no neck dive that I could feel - I use a Neotech Mega Strap which is nice and wide, a thinner/shinier strap might not fare so well but that's not my setup so therefore not my problem. Electronics fine, no crackles, no hum. The bad - the tuners are pretty poor, quite a lot of play in them and not super accurate - they tend to move in chunks. The tone knob was loose (as in I could pull the knob off the pot with almost no effort - I'm nit picking here and it was easy enough to sort by widening the split shaft on the pot slightly. Tone knob doesn't do a hell of a lot (at least not through the practice amp) but I rarely use anything but wide open so I'm not bothered. All in all, an excellent bass for the money. If you want Thunderbird sound but can't get on with the Thunderbird ergonomics then maybe this is the bass for you. A mark off for the poor quality tuners (a pretty fundamental part of an instrument). I will likely be replacing these because apart from that, I really like the bass. You shouldn't have to do that though.

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