Introduced in 1996, the Expert-6 was the bass counterpart to the Epiphone EM-Series guitars and the 6-string, neck-thru version of the EBM bass. The active electronics are rumoured to be a prototype that never went in to full production.
It is also rumored that there was an American-made version of this bass. However, the closest thing to confirmation of a USA model was an Expert-6 that was sent to Gibson Nashville before final delivery to be routed and fitted with EMG humbuckers.
The Expert-6 was produced at the Samick plant in Korea, allegedly between 1996-1998. Although the Expert-6 is listed in the Epiphone 1998 specification sheet, the only year that has ever surfaced on the used-market is the 1996 model.
- Swamp Ash body
- Patented "Swept-C" shape
- Neck-through design
- 3-piece quartersawn maple neck
- Rosewood fingerboard with offset "dot" inlays
- 34" scale
- 2.05" nut
- 2 Single coil active jazz pickups
- 1 Vol. 1 Tone, 1 Blend, 1 Boost controls
- Black hardware
- 4x2 die-cast tuners
- Pearloid truss rod cover
- Recessed input jack
- Black barrel knobs
- Natural (NA)