I am continuing the research on Epiphone Upright basses.  I have expanded the quest to learn more specific characteristics about these basses.  For all of you that own or did own one of these great American-made plywood basses, here are the research questions that will help us.  

  • What is the serial number, and where is it on the bass? Serial numbers may appear under the scroll head on the bass side (look up), at the end of the fingerboard, or at the end pin.
  • What is the model designation? This is usually stamped on the metal tailpiece badge: B1, B2, B3, B4 or B5.
  • Is your tailpiece black, dark brown, blonde, or highly flamed maple?
  • What color is your bass?
  • What finish are your tuners? Brass, Bright nickel, Black
  • Are your tuners etched? (This is so far only a B5 characteristic.)
  • Does the bass have inlaid purfling, single black pinstripe, or double black pinstripe?
  • Does it have a purfling loop on the back, below the neck?
  • Any guess as to what year the bass was made?
  • Any other notable characteristics or history to your bass?

Please contact me at sayres@Kaybass.com to add your Epiphone bass to the registry database. To read more about Wendy's research, you'll find a discussion at TalkBass.com — click  HERE.

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