Epiphone Embassy PRO 4-String Bass Review
Classic styling melded with a modern flair, the Epiphone Embassy PRO Bass has it all, from the looks that fit today, to the sound and tone that fits classic and modern genres.
The Epiphone Embassy PRO Bass is great for both gigs and the studio. I’ve used it for both and was truly amazed at not only the comfort in playing this bass, but the high tonal quality it produces.
One thing that stood out immediately for me, was the neck. While it is a standard 34” scale, it felt more like a medium scale bass to me and this is due to the set neck. Instead of being a bolt-on or neck-through, a set neck is glued to the body. This also makes for just the right amount of sustain you can get from a bass; not too much, not too little.
The body is a stylish classic, while the upper horn is just a little longer than the original Embassy PRO, and the neck has that 60’s SlimTaperTM -D profile, which is fast and sleek. The Epiphone Embassy PRO Bass is just as comfortable playing seated as it is when standing.
There are just a few things that are different with the new Epiphone Embassy PRO Bass that were on the classic:
The headstock now has 2 tuners on each side, where the classic was an inline 4, and the upper horn was extended slightly to provide better balance to the 2 on a side headstock.
The pickups use top quality parts similar to the Probuckers and were tooled up to the original specifications of the mid 60’s Thunderbird and Embassy PU760 specifications. The pickups are the new ProBucker #760 Bass Pickups, which consists of 18% Nickel Silver covers, German Elektrisola magnet wire, Alnico IV sand cast magnets, and braided coaxial lead wire.
The bridge and claw stop bar were tooled up specifically for the Embassy and the new Epiphone Vintage Thunderbird. It provides a bit more range of movement on the saddles compared to the original to allow for better intonation set up. This bridge/stop bar was used on many of the 60s era Epiphone basses and also shared by Gibson on the Thunderbird and others.
Let’s take a look at the Epiphone Embassy PRO specs:
- The specs consist of Mahogany for the neck and body, with the 12” radius, 34” scale neck having the classic D profile, as mentioned earlier, 22 medium jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays.
- All of the hardware is nickel, with the tuners having a 17-1 ratio, and the bridge being the 1960s TB-Tb-Bass adjustable tune-o-matic with a 1960s claw tailpiece.
- The combination of the Mahogany neck and body is complimented by the electronics consisting of the Epiphone ProBucker™ Bass #760-2N Humbucker as the neck pickup and the Epiphone ProBucker™ Bass #760 1N Humbucker for the bridge position.
- The controls are volume, tone, and blend.
- The Epiphone Embassy PRO Bass is available in 3 colors, Dark Cherry, Antique Ivory, and Ebony.
- The pickguard color varies depending on the color of the bass. The Antique Ivory bass comes with a 3 layer pickguard which is black/white/black, and the Dark Cherry and Ebony basses come with a 3 layer pickguard which is white/black/white.
- The Epiphone Embassy PRO Bass does come with an optional hard shell case and the warranty is limited lifetime from Epiphone.
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