Epiphone Newport Bass review

All of the vintage Epiphone charm without the hefty price tag?

Epiphone Newport Bass guitar
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Guitar World Verdict

Ideal for beginners, retro fanatics and anyone who fancies an easy-to-play short-scale alternative that won't break the bank.


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    Authentic ‘60s looks.

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    Respectable tones.

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    Very playable neck.


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    None at this price.

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The latest interpretation of Epiphone’s Newport Bass is modelled on the 1960s original… or as close as you can get, short of owning a time machine. What it does serve up is some old-fashioned Epiphone good looks, together with a more modern neck shape and some other player-friendly enhancements thrown in for good measure.

With production outsourced to China, Epiphone has also managed to keep the retail price budget-friendly. Are you craving the look and feel of a vintage-style, short-scale bass guitar, but don’t want to spend a fortune to get it? Let’s see how this one handles.

  • PRICE: $399
  • MADE IN: China
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK: Mahogany, 30.5” scale
  • NECK JOIN: Set
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.63”
  • FINGERBOARD: Indian Laurel, 20 frets
  • PICKUPS: 1 x TB Pro, 1 x Bass Sidewinder
  • CONTROLS: Master Volume, Pickup Blend, Master Tone
  • HARDWARE: Die-cast tuners, 'Historic Tune-O-Matic' bridge
  • WEIGHT: 9.3 lbs / 4.2 kg
  • AVAILABLE FINISHES: Pacific Blue, Cherry, California Coral, Sunset Yellow.
  • CONTACT: Epiphone

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.