Epiphone's new basses combine classic features with modern design with such perfection that the company has named them after Epi's top-of-the-line solidbody bass from the 1960s - the Embassy. A 34-inch scale and 4-on-a-side tuner configuration harken back to the years when the original Embassy was made in the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The new Embassy's contoured double-cutaway body with extended horns ensures the perfect balance and playing comfort that modern bass players expect from a high-quality instrument.

"Epi has a full line of basses inspired by popular, classic models, but these are the first basses that truly deserve the Embassy name," said Jim "Epi" Rosenberg, president of Epiphone. "Today's bass players will find the new Embassy as modern and exciting as the original Embassy was to bass players in the '60s."

All of the Embassy basses have a contoured body, Thunderbird-style headstock with straight string-pull, and a single split-coil pickup. Additional features:

Embassy Special-IV: 4-string; laminated body; 22 frets; chrome-plated hardware; covered machine heads; Alpine White, Blue, Ebony or Red finish. MSRP: $299.

Embassy Standard IV: 4-string; solid Ash body; 24 frets; die-cast machine heads; black hardware; Natural, Trans Black, Trans Blue or WL finish. MSRP: $415

Embassy Standard V: 5-string MSRP: $499.

Epiphone fretted instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories are known worldwide for offering the best combination of quality and value. A division of Gibson since 1957, Epiphone is headquartered in Nashville. For more information visit www.epiphone.com