Epiphone B4 - Worth it?

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  1. nonfatmatt

    nonfatmatt

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    Hi,
    Just saw this on craigslist this morning...
    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/msg/3324071568.html

    I'm interested in it to play Bluegrass / Rockabilly was wondering if it's worth it. Also, if I go look at it, what are some of the things i should be looking for.
  2. Steve Swan

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    Replaced pieces of plywood top usually = danger.
  3. nonfatmatt

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    Yeah, that's what I was worried about, didn't know what the heck the front was doing and needed an expert opinion, thanks.
  4. MollyKay

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    This Epiphone has been hanging on eBay for a while. Apparently it sold for a bid $1000 but the buyer did not come through or did not want it. It went back up on eBay and did not sell. I have had some inquires to this bass but I know nothing about it. The seller gleaned his information from the Epiphone history website. You’ll only know if it is worth when you play it and decide for yourself.

    I know of three Epi’s for sale on Craigslist right now. All three are priced very low and their condition is questionable. The only one I have seen and played was the one in WV for $600 cash.

    http://martinsburg.craigslist.org/msg/3231381029.html

    It was used for Rockabilly studio recording. It had a replacement top with extra bracing, poorly repaired neck fracture, and some really worn gut strings. :scowl::rollno:
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  6. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    I've got a 1948 Epi B4 that I LOVE :)
  7. VTHacker

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    What's your serial number? I have a '48 or '49, #1202.

    I love that bass! They're great instruments.

    [Edited—corrected the date range]
  8. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    Will have to check when I get home
  9. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    Serial # 1277 :)
  10. MollyKay

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    Thanks…ironically both of these have been pre-registered.

    #1202 from Carol in OH. This bass has the black paint in a diamond shape at the neck joint

    #1277 From Cream City Music, missing tail badge

    Cool to know these basses are being played and getting some love.
  11. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    That's mine! Missing the tail badge :(

    Wouldn't know where to start looking for one
  12. Rebop

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    Ebay. They pop up from time to time. There's one available now if you search for "epiphone emblem".
  13. Stephen05301

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    I have #1266. Missing badge and scroll top. Set up with Spirocore weichs for jazz.
  14. MollyKay

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    The bid is up to $150. I have paid a lot more then that for a tail badge. When it's the missing piece and you got to have it...it cost what it cost.
  15. MollyKay

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    What model is it? B4 or B5? I'll catalog this bass as well.
  16. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    Found the ebay posting...would this be the 'correct' badge for my B4?
  17. Rebop

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    It's correct, however, these were usually enameled. The enameled badges are white with the raised brass portions showing. You could always do it yourself.
  18. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd considered that as well...not totally sure how to go about it, but a nice badge would be cool...not sure if I'd bid over $150 for something that isn't perfect and doesn't affect the bass at all :)
  19. MollyKay

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    The badge is correct for all Epi 's as well as Epiphone guitars. This badge is a later model but it will work. All badges started as blank and they stamped the model number on the badge. A blank badge is just fine. I have several basses cataloged with no model number stamped on the badge. To me the tail badge is the final bling on the bass. With out the badge I am constantly asked what brand of bass I play. Best wishes on the auction.
  20. dukeorock

    dukeorock Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the info!

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