Epiphone Embassy review

Another retro bass comes into our sights – but does this affordable model offer more than a chic peek in the rear-view mirror?

Epiphone Embassy
(Image: © Epiphone)

Guitar World Verdict

A winner, especially at this price, the Epiphone Embassy is a lovely vintage-inspired bass with a fuss-free setup and an easy charm.


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    Effortlessly playable.

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    Excellent value.

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    Nice finish options.


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    Tones are a tad pedestrian.

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Nostalgia is as prevalent in bass world these days as it is in the rest of the MI industry, with players and luthiers alike all chasing the cool factor of products from the '60s and '70s, when life was simpler, and no-one ever dreamed of needing more than four strings on a bass guitar.  

At the same time, of course, bass technology in almost every single application was comparatively unsophisticated, and instruments were prone to underperforming back then unless they were painfully expensive. Nowadays, modern players won’t stand for any of that, all of which is a long-winded way of saying that here’s another vintage-style bass that has been beefed up to cope with the demands of the 21st century.  

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