1957 Epiphone B4


This ca. 1957 Epiphone B4 (3755) was made in the transition period of the 1956-58 transition to Gibson ownership and manufacturing. It is most likely that this bass was in the last group of instruments made and assembled at the Epiphone factory.  The stamped serial number placement is upside down at the top of the E side Kluson tuning machine plate. This shade top example was largely intact as originally made. The neck had undergone an amateur neck reset with a bolt that had left the neck off-center, pointing toward the G side of the top plate. Tristan Cole-Falek pulled the neck out, changed the neck joint from a dovetail to a conventional mortise joint, and reinstalled the neck with the original nut and fingerboard at a steeper angle to yield a taller bridge for more power and presence. The top, back, and sides, are all-laminated maple with inlaid purfling on the top and back plates. The 2-piece maple neck retains its original gold-plated Kluson halfplate tuning machines. The original Brazilian rosewood “step up” nut and fingerboard with Romberg bevel are both in fine shape. The adjustable endpin is a replacement 10 mm steel rod unit. The solid threaded tail wire has been replaced with a braided steel cable tail wire. The replacement bridge is an Aubert with added adjusters. The lacquer shaded finish is almost entirely intact. The bass is currently strung with Pirastro Obligato strings. Dimensions are: Top length 42 3/8″, Upper bout width 20″, Middle bout width 14 3/4″, Lower bout width 25 3/8″, Final bridge height 6 7/8″, Rib depth at tail 7 3/8″, Rib depth at upper bpiut corner 6 7/8″, Rib depth at neck 5 5/8″, String length 42″. This bass is very suitable for stage use and outdoor music festival playing. With cover.