#1
Serial number #0172826. I have been unable to identify the model, year etc, can anybody identify this?

"Gibson-made Serial Number, 1961 to 1969, all instruments (non "A" series). Beginning in 1961, Epiphone serial numbers follow Gibson's serial number series. All models, stamped in back top of peghead. No "MADE IN USA" stamp below serial number! Note many serial numbers are duplicated from 1963-1969.
-http://www.provide.net/~cfh/epiphone.html

"When Norlin purchased CMI (Gibson) in 1969, all Epiphone production was moved to Japan. Later, productions was moved to Korea. Many of the imported instruments bear a label with Gibson's Kalamazoo address and no mention of Japan or Korea, which can be misleading. However, these import instruments have model numbers that do not correspond with Kalamazoo made Epiphone model numbers listed below. Also the serial number is usually 7 digits or longer (unlike U.S. made Epi's with a 6 digit or less serial number). "
-http://www.provide.net/~cfh/epiphone.html








Thats about all I found, I can't find any 7 digit serial codes that are all numbers online and there is no sign of where this guitar was actually made. It kind of looks like a Epiphone Newport (1961-1970).

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
#2
hmm.

needs new strings, whatever it is.

may I suggest Rotosound?
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#3
its definately a newport but as for dates i have no idea. serial numbering was notoriously bad in the 60s for most companies

don't change the strings, go for that james jamerson vibe
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#4
A certain user(whos name escapes me but whos name is mentioned in the FAQ) is apparently very good at identifying old/valuable gear. You might want to check through the FAQ and try to find his username.
#5
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A certain user(whos name escapes me but whos name is mentioned in the FAQ) is apparently very good at identifying old/valuable gear. You might want to check through the FAQ and try to find his username.


the guy you're refering to is Rick and his book that strangely contains the value of every single instrument ever made, his username is 83lespaulstudio shoot him a PM and i'm sure he can give you some info
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I think after this relentless adding for the last 10 mins, that Dan is the coolest looking. Goddamn welsh people and my great etc etc etc etc etc granddad is welsh.
#6
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the guy you're refering to is Rick and his book that strangely contains the value of every single instrument ever made, his username is 83lespaulstudio shoot him a PM and i'm sure he can give you some info


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#7
doing some more research i did find this,

http://www.matsumoku.org/models/epiphone/catalogs/1974/pg5.html

Epiphone ET-285,

"In the 1970s the Epiphone (now Japanese manufactured) launched a new bass dubbed Newport, however with a model number ET285. This was a double pickup instrument with a similar body shape. but a bolt-on neck and very different hardware."
-http://www.vintageguitars.org.uk/epiphoneNewport.php

Thanks for the info guys, it needs a little clean up, but I hope it will sound great!
#9
In the early 60s Epiphone was a well respected name long before it became Gibson's Fender Squier series.
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#10
Some guy brought it into my dads thrift shop, paid $200. If its not worth a few grand he'll let me keep it! =X
#11
Good lord is that unpretty.
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#13
I have this exact bass same case and all. AMAZING condition. How much is it worth?