This quest was intended to be nothing more than to satisfy my curiosity…Epaminondas “Epi” Anastasios Stathopoulo was born in 1893 and died in 1943 before the end of WWII.He inherited the family business in July of 1915 at the tender age of 22 years old when his father Anastasios died.In our quest to provide accurate and factual examples of the Epiphone upright bass we have acquired all five of the pre-war models.We can now offer pictures and accurate description of the B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4 and B-5 models.
Within a short period of time we figured out it was an Epiphone bass, even though it was missing the iconic brass and white enamel tail badge.
The serial number will generally be nine to 10 digits long, with the first being a letter. This letter represents in which country the guitar comes from, as well as the company who manufactured it.
If the guitar was made in Korea, it will either have an "I," which stands for Saein; a "U," which stands for Unsung; an "S," which stands for Samick; or a "P," which stands for Peerless.
As I write this update it is now the Winter of 2013, seven years has passed since purchasing our first Epiphone upright bass.
When we purchased our 1941 Epiphone B-1 that I affectionately named “Gunner” in September of 2006, we had no idea what brand of bass it was…the bass spoke to me. The bass was well used and had the correct character marks to prove it had been a workhorse for a real bass player.