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June 2017 Giveaway

Guitar of the Day

Consider these features: a deeply contoured swamp ash body with a quilted maple top; two custom-wound, high-output humbucking pickups linked to an active preamp; a 34-inch scale, solid maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and all-black hardware. Check out the photos and then look a the price. Probably, like us, you’ll wonder just how Epiphone can build a bass with such high end features at such a low price. The Embassy Standard IV Plus is based on the classic ’60s-era Embassy bass, with a full 34″ scale and four-on-a-side tuners that provides straight string pull from the Thunderbird-style headstock. Those early Embassy basses were built in the very same Kalamazoo, Michigan factory that was cranking out classics like the Les Paul, the ES-335 and the SG. Yet here is a super-affordable bass that’s built overseas and actually plays and sounds every bit as good as the originals!

To keep the Embassy from becoming a boat anchor during long sets, the body is constructed of premium swamp ash, which is famous for its combination of light weight and exceptional tone quality. The quilted maple top is just frosting on the cake. In this case, it’s finished in a color called Midnight Ebony, though if you look at the photos, the color is more like a purple-gray, but whatever you call it, you have to admit it looks awesome. But the real “magic bullet” here is the combination of the specially-designed humbuckers which are linked to an onboard active preamp which lets you dial in your own personal EQ settings. This is a feature you’d expect on basses costing many times what the Embassy Standard IV Plus sells for. This is the last one in stock, so if you need a bass with all the bells and whistles at a bargain price, call and talk to your Sweetwater Sales Engineer right now!

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