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Scored a new EBM-5 5 String Epiphone Bass Guitar

#1 User is offline   brian_lw 

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:29 PM

Scored me a nice little Epiphone EBM-5 this month. Purchased from a high end guitar store for $425 shipped from NY to CA

Very Good condition. Preamp works well. No scratches or dings. None - not even the back side.

Yet - the back-of-the neck shows real use (I like that) Frets are in good shape, Neck is straight.

Tuning peg handles have been painted black and bridge is worn (typical)

Came with Epiphone leather strap and aftermarket HSC.

I'm really liking this guitar along with my Epi EB-3, Goth TB and Rock Bass....

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 07:55 AM

Happy new bassday [thumbup]
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Posted 03 August 2013 - 11:48 PM

Welcome Brian... & grats on scoring that beautiful bass [drool]

A couple of forum members (RTH & kytty) have EBM5s & RTH, particularly, is VERY knowledgeable about them if you need any info [thumbup]

Are you gonna try & get the tuners back to their original gold finish?
Stuart

1997 Epiphone (Cort) DC Junior - 'The Sweathog'
1998 Epiphone (Unsung) Ripper Bass - 'Crazy Chester'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) 'fenderish' Nighthawk - 'The Vulture'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) Sheraton- 'Honey'
2000 Epiphone (Samick Indonesia) AJ-100- 'Big Red'
2000 Lobo Mini G- 'The Mystery Midget'
xxxx J&D Luthiers Telecaster - 'Mate'
1998 Epiphone Electar Tube 30 Combo
1999 Epiphone Regent Bass 50 Combo
Vox AC4TV Head & V112TV Cabinet
Yamaha P70 Electric Piano
Tascam DP-03 Portastudio with JBL 3 Series Monitors


Separated:
1995 Epiphone (Samick) Non Reverse Thunderbird Bass - 'The Weirdbird'
1997 Epiphone (Samick) Les Paul Junior - 'Junior' - Signed by The Man Himself
2007 Epiphone (QingDao) G400 Flame Top-'QingDao Lass' - Too young, but oh so pretty!
1981 Ibanez AR100BS Artist- 'Baby'
1981 Ibanez Ragtime Special w/ Barcus Berry Underbridge PUP
1994 Fender (MIJ) Telecaster - 'The Black Sheep'
Marshall G80RCD 80 watt Combo - I just needed some valves!


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#4 User is offline   brian_lw 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:17 PM

View Posteggs, on 03 August 2013 - 11:48 PM, said:

Welcome Brian... & grats on scoring that beautiful bass [drool]

A couple of forum members (RTH & kytty) have EBM5s & RTH, particularly, is VERY knowledgeable about them if you need any info [thumbup]

Are you gonna try & get the tuners back to their original gold finish?


Thanks -

I hope to find a someone who can plate the tuning knobs and bridge back to the original gold look.

The only way I could source new ones was to purchase the entire tuning machine and there is no way to find a matching bridge so I'll give plating a shot.

I think I paid a bit much for it but with a case and shipping - sure was more than my other $100 CL basses.

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#5 User is offline   eggs 

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:36 AM

Not sure where you live Brian, but I think if you ask that 'plating' question over in our 'Lounge' I am confident that someone might be able to assist [thumbup]

It just gets a bit quiet down here in our Bass-ment sometimes [crying]
Stuart

1997 Epiphone (Cort) DC Junior - 'The Sweathog'
1998 Epiphone (Unsung) Ripper Bass - 'Crazy Chester'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) 'fenderish' Nighthawk - 'The Vulture'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) Sheraton- 'Honey'
2000 Epiphone (Samick Indonesia) AJ-100- 'Big Red'
2000 Lobo Mini G- 'The Mystery Midget'
xxxx J&D Luthiers Telecaster - 'Mate'
1998 Epiphone Electar Tube 30 Combo
1999 Epiphone Regent Bass 50 Combo
Vox AC4TV Head & V112TV Cabinet
Yamaha P70 Electric Piano
Tascam DP-03 Portastudio with JBL 3 Series Monitors


Separated:
1995 Epiphone (Samick) Non Reverse Thunderbird Bass - 'The Weirdbird'
1997 Epiphone (Samick) Les Paul Junior - 'Junior' - Signed by The Man Himself
2007 Epiphone (QingDao) G400 Flame Top-'QingDao Lass' - Too young, but oh so pretty!
1981 Ibanez AR100BS Artist- 'Baby'
1981 Ibanez Ragtime Special w/ Barcus Berry Underbridge PUP
1994 Fender (MIJ) Telecaster - 'The Black Sheep'
Marshall G80RCD 80 watt Combo - I just needed some valves!


Lust List:
A mid 1990s 'Blondie' Rivoli Bass with a Big Fat Mudbucker
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Posted 07 August 2013 - 03:32 AM

Congratulations and Snap

I too have a cherry red EMB5

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:28 PM

I'm pretty sure I contacted you about this bass on another forum, but just to confirm... you got that from Rumble Seat Music in Ithaca, correct? If so, I played it myself and was very interested in going back to buy it. Alas, it was gone. Now I know why!

But I have my own now, a 1991 but otherwise the same thing. I will keep it for a few weeks and try gigging with it. I may part with it, if anyone is interested. You can probably find me on that other really popular bass forum with the same user name and a picture of Darth Vader's voice. I'm also on Google+ and have posted it on several other bass communities there.
The guitarist detuned one of my strings and he won't tell me which one!
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Posted 12 December 2014 - 01:35 AM

View Postkytty, on 07 August 2013 - 03:32 AM, said:

Congratulations and Snap

I too have a cherry red EMB5

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me to and im restoring my factory circuit board little by little.
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Posted 26 December 2014 - 08:27 PM

well, I replaced the 3 micro switches but the pots I ordered won't work :( and these were the closest I could find to stock so it looks like I will just have to get some cleaner and try that, problem is I hear a lot about deoxit but not which one to use, I know d100 for metal contacts and fader one for carbon and plastic traces and not really sure exactly which are on the EBM5. looks like metal fingers but the trace looks like it might actually be carbon so do I use the D100 or the fader deoxit? or should I just go with my old standby of either QD electronic cleaner and 91% rubbing alchohol?.

other than the pots though I have her done and she plays but she seems a little more trebly than my Ibanez 4 string through my old peavey TKO 65 ( might just be me though).
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Posted 22 March 2015 - 10:32 PM

View Postlordraptor1, on 12 December 2014 - 01:35 AM, said:

me to and im restoring my factory circuit board little by little.


Mine was destined to become a wall hanging as it was darn near impossible to keep the neck straight and true.
Luckily I was pointed in the right direction and a local guy repaired it back, good as new.
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Posted 15 September 2015 - 11:14 AM

View Postbrian_lw, on 30 July 2013 - 10:29 PM, said:

Scored me a nice little Epiphone EBM-5 this month. Purchased from a high end guitar store for $425 shipped from NY to CA

Very Good condition. Preamp works well. No scratches or dings. None - not even the back side.

Yet - the back-of-the neck shows real use (I like that) Frets are in good shape, Neck is straight.

Tuning peg handles have been painted black and bridge is worn (typical)

Came with Epiphone leather strap and aftermarket HSC.

I'm really liking this guitar along with my Epi EB-3, Goth TB and Rock Bass....

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Congrats Brian

I picked up an EBM-5 in black a few months ago at a Pawn shop in Toronto they had a $329.00 tag on it but I was able to talk the owner's daughter down to $110.00 they didn't know about the active Pups and only needed a new battery. My hardware polished up pretty good with Gibson's Vintage Reissue Restoration Kit.
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Posted 30 May 2016 - 01:24 PM

View PostGrandpafixit, on 15 September 2015 - 11:14 AM, said:

Congrats Brian

I picked up an EBM-5 in black a few months ago at a Pawn shop in Toronto they had a $329.00 tag on it but I was able to talk the owner's daughter down to $110.00 they didn't know about the active Pups and only needed a new battery. My hardware polished up pretty good with Gibson's Vintage Reissue Restoration Kit.



Good find, because of the age I recommend replacing all the electrolytic capacitors in the pre amp, there are only 12 and it took me less than one hour and cost under 1 around $1.4
Remove the back cover and carefully examine all the electrolytic's look for any "weeping" (tiny traces of liquid) if you see any change the capacitors as soon as you can.
If you find the pickup balance or hear a hissing which decays a few seconds after plugging it in thats a fairly sure sign they need replacing.
I did mine and the results are amazing for such a simple quick fix.
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