PICT0383
13-Feb-2013

This is a bit of a follow-up to our “mudbucker” article, as Patrick has a real-deal ’64 Epi Newport (original owner!) with a real-deal mudbucker in it.

Patrick’s story:

I purchased this Epiphone Newport back in 1964. Played it for about four years as is, but I wanted a EB3 so bad (that I couldn’t afford at the time) that I decided to do my best to make an EB out of the EPI.  Considering I was 17 when I decided to do this and had no idea what it might be worth later, I went for it. A woodworking friend and I took the original reddish finish off the body. We did not touch the original finish on the back of the neck. Hence the bass has since been know as “Ol’ Redneck”. I removed the original single Sidewinder pickup and bought two new pickups from Gibson in 1968. You can see that the neck pickup has Gibson stamped into the cover plate. That’s the way it arrived from Gibson to me. I of course added volume and tone pots for the new bridge pickup. As you can also see I put a Schaller Bridge on to replace that single bar non-adjustable Gibson and a new pick-guard. I have always been a fan of short scale basses and have probably owned at one time or another almost every version out there,  plus 34″s.  This is still one of my favorites. Now I mainly play a custom made short scale from Birdsong Bass, but I still like to find a suitable short scale that I can upgrade with the appropriate gear from you guys here at Best Bass Gear.

So remember, boys and girls, bass modders have been around a long, long time! :)

Here’s some more photos of Patrick’s Newport:

PICT0381

PICT0384

PICT0387

PICT0386

She looks beautiful, Patrick; thanks for sending!

Remember, if you want your bass featured for Bass of the Week, just follow the easy 1-2-3 instructions right here.

Tell us where to send more articles like this one!  

3 Responses to “Bass Of The Week: 1964 Modified Epiphone Newport”

  1. I see this as more of a “work of art”, then just a guitar. It’s a work of art that you can also play.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm - Reply or Post a new comment
  2. a nice clean job. Looks like it came from the factory that way :o )

    February 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply or Post a new comment
  3. A nice clean job. Looks like it came from the factory that way :o

    February 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm - Reply or Post a new comment

Post comment

Type the word loud to prove you are not a bot


Tell us where to send more articles like this one!  
01706_03_Ripper3.jpg

[Bass of the Week] Mid-2000s Modified Epiphone Ripper

This week’s bass guitar of the week is a modified Epiphone Ripper where the goal was to make it appear to be a special factory run model. Owner/modder Benjamin writes: My second Epiphone Ripper. First was a black 1st generation single pickup model from late 1990s, named Black Betty. Betty evolved using Bartolini pickups supplied… Read more »

image.png

Chord Bass Playalong Video

Looking for a different way to play? Try some chords. Contrary to what some think, no you do not need a bass with more than 4 strings for chord playing as the video below will demonstrate. However, if you want to hit the really high notes on a 4-string, you can get a second bass… Read more »

image.png

100 bass riffs to make any bass player better

Stuck for new things to learn on the bass? Well, here are 100 bass riffs spanning from 1955 to 2013. Learn these 100 riffs and oh yes, you will be a better player for knowing them. Would knowing these songs make for a better cover band? Yes. The more songs a cover band knows, the… Read more »