1967 Ampeg AEB-1
Very rare and totally unique 1967 Ampeg AEB-1 Fretted Scroll Bass. Initially developed in early 1966 and released to the general public at the Namm show of the same year, production ran for about two years before discontinuation. Of the approximate 1150 A series instruments produced in Ampeg’s Linden Factory roughly 400 were the fretless AUB-1 Variant with approximately 750 being the fretted AEB-1 instrument we have here.
Many AEB-1 And AUB-1 Basses haven’t fared well over the years, the lacquer finish typically disintegrated after 15 years, so most are either very badly cracked or chipped, or have been repainted. Ours is in fantastic original condition with only minor lacquer checking to the finish, it plays great with a sound as unique as it’s appearance.
The guitar came from the collection of Geoffrey ‘Bison’ Banks. A highly regarded guitar tech who worked on instruments for Malcolm Young (AC/DC), Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & The Mechanics), Brian May (Queen), Steve Howe, Robert Plant, Phil Collins, Toto and more.
The instrument comes with its original hard case.