1966 AMPEG SCROLL BASS
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In July 1966 Ampeg debuted the horizontal "Scroll" Bass at the National Association of Music Merchants (N.A.M.M.) convention in Chicago. Model AEB-1 included frets and model AUB-1 was fretless.
1966 Scroll Bass features: Scroll carved headstock, riveted clover banjo style tuners, fretless or 20 fret board with pearloid dot fret markers, zero fret, black/white/black/white plastic 2 bolt neck plate, 2 "F holes" cut through entire body, logo on black/white/black/white pickguard, thumb rest under G string, "mystery" pickup hidden under pickguard, two set-screw heptagonal shaped knobs with silver tops, input jack on pickguard, four saddle bridge, chrome bridge cover including strings mute, serial number stamped on underside of block tailpiece, two strapholders on block tailpiece, available in cherry red, white, blue and burnished finishes, black vinyl gigbag or black case with blue interior.
Serial numbers beginning with an "M" indicate a prototype. Serial numbers beginning with a "C" most likely indicates a custom order. 1966-1969 serial numbers run chronologically from 1 to nearly 1,200 then start over with the "000" prefix, from 0001 to nearly 000600.