The Epiphone American Series guitars were built by Gibson at their Kalamazoo Michigan plant from 1982 to 1983. The Kalamazoo plant closed in 1984 so these Epiphone American Series guitars were some of the last ones made there. The American Series consisted of the Spirit model - a Les Paul double cutaway guitar, the Special - based on the S.G. and the Map guitar - with a body shaped like the contiguous United States. These American Series models were still relatively expensive, however, and for this reason did not sell well. The Epiphone Spirit became the Gibson Spirit model and production move .
Epiphone: 140 Years Epiphone is one of American's oldest and most revered instrument makers. Since 1873, Epiphone has made instruments for every style of popular music and in 2013 will celebrate its 140th anniversary. The name Epiphone evokes both history and the spirit of invention. The “House of Stathopoulo” has played a central role in every great musical era from the mandolin craze of the early 1900s to jazz age guitars of the 1920s; from swing era archtops through post-war pop, jazz, r&b, and early rock n' roll; and from the "British Invasion" to heavy metal, punk, grunge, and thrash.
And now, in the 21st century, new Epiphone technical breakthroughs such as the ProBucker™ pickup, series parallel switching, built-in KillSwitch™ pots, the Shadow NanoFlex™ and NanoMag™ pickup systems, and premier acoustic/electric guitars with the eSonic™ preamp have brought Epiphone to a new generation. The story behind Epiphone's improbable rise from a small family repair shop to a worldwide leader in the manufacture of quality instruments could easily be transformed into the great American novel.
But this story is true. The story of Epiphone begins in the mountains of Greece and threads its way to Turkey, across the Atlantic to the immigrant gateway of Ellis Island, and into the nightclubs, recording studios, and coast-to-coast radio broadcasts of Manhattan in the 1920s and 30s. It's the story of both hard earned craftsmanship passed from father to son and the ceaseless American drive for innovation.
The variety of musicians that walk through Epiphone's history is remarkable. Jazz greats like George Van Eps, country pioneers like Hank Garland, bluesman John Lee Hooker, and scores of mandolin, archtop and steel guitar players used Epiphone instruments daily over nationwide broadcasts.
There are unlikely heroes and tinkerers in the Epiphone story too, like guitar pioneer Les Paul, who worked nights in the Epiphone factory in New York City to create "the Log", his primordial version of what would eventually be called the "Les Paul." The Beatles' bassist extraordinaire Paul McCartney choose an Epiphone Casino as his first American made guitar and John Lennon and George Harrison quickly followed.
The Casino appeared on every Beatles album from Help through Abbey Road. And today, Epiphone can be heard on albums by Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, My Chemical Romance, Joe Bonamassa, Nirvana, Johnny Winter, Zakk Wylde, Machine Head, Dwight Yoakam, The Strokes, Slash, Jeff Waters, Paul Simon, Radiohead, The Waco Brothers, Lenny Kravitz, and Paul Weller. If a time machine could transport today's Epiphone players to Epi Stathopoulo’s Manhattan showroom of 60 years ago, when it was a gathering place for all the Big Apple's best players, generations of musicians would agree that Epiphone has always been the “House of Stathopoulo.” And today, Epiphone is still innovating, still delighting musicians, and still frustrating competitors with daring designs and superb quality.
"Epiphone always made a good guitar," Les Paul once said. And that after all, is what all musicians are looking for. The opening chapter of the Epiphone story begins about 140 years ago in Kastania in the mountains overlooking the ancient city of Sparta, Greece. Family legend tells that in 1865, Kostantinos Stathopoulo left Kastania and journeyed to Magoula in the Eurotas valley to register the birth of his son, Anastasios.
Little else is known of the family until 1873, around the time of Anastasios's 12th birthday, when the Stathopoulo family left Greece for the coast of Turkey where they settled in Smyrna, a bustling seaport with a strong Greek immigrant population of merchants and craftsmen. There, Kostantinos established himself as a lumber merchant. Kostantinos would often take Anastasios with him on work trips throughout Europe, where the boy observed his father's trade and learned about tonewoods.
During this time, the family established a store in Smyrna selling and repairing lutes, violins and bouzoukis. By 1890, Anastasio's local reputation as a talented luthier was providing enough business that he opened his own instrument factory. He married and started a family. His first son, Epaminondas, was born in 1893, followed by Alex, Minnie, Orpheu and Frixo.
High taxes imposed on Greek immigrants under the Ottoman Empire made life difficult for the Stathopoulo family and at the age of 40, Anastasios boarded a ship to the United States. Public records from 1904 list A.
Stathopoulo living at 56 Roosevelt on Manhattan's Lower East side, home to many other Greek and Italian immigrants. Once in America, Anastasios continued his instrument trade. He quickly assimilated the pace of American business practices. He filed his first and only patent March 25, 1909 for an Italian style bowl back mandolin.
Anastasios's instruments now carried labels in English: A. Stathopoulo Manufacturer, repairer of all kinds of musical instruments Patentee of the Orpheum Lyra New York, 1911 U.S.A.
Epi, as the oldest child was known, easily merged into American life, attended Columbia University, and graduated with honors. With Anastasios crafting and selling his instruments on the ground floor and family living upstairs, the line between work and home life became increasingly blurred. Epi and Orpheus ('Orphie') were soon helping out in the shop, now located at 247 West 42nd Street.
Epi was only 22 when his father Anastasios died. As the oldest son, Epi was charged with keeping the business going. Already a keen student of his father's work and eager to establish himself in the marketplace, Epi replaced the old instrument label of his father's with a new one: "The House of Stathopoulo, Quality Instruments Since 1873." Already an amateur designer and inventor during his apprenticeship, Epi now took a lead role in the company and was granted his first patent for a banjo tone ring and rim construction - 1,248,196 given to E.
A. Stathopoulo. At his mother's death in 1923, Epi assumed ownership of the controlling shares of the business and phased out most of the old world style mandolins. Instead, he introduced the Recording line of banjos, then the most popular instrument in post-World War I America. The Recording line was listed in advertisements alphabetically: Recording (A) at $125, the Bandmaster at $200, the Concert at $275, and the De Luxe, which sold for $350.
Epi continued to expand as his business and reputation for quality work grew. The family acquired the "stock, goodwill, and modern machinery" of the Farovan Company instrument plant in Long Island and incorporated.
Epi gave the now growing business a new name-- Epiphone. “Epiphone” referenced not only his own name, but the Greek word for sound-- phone. It was also an echo of the Greek word epiphonous, meaning one sound on another, the son building on the dreams of the father.
Epi took the title of president and general manager and announced in trade publications and advertisements that "the new policy of business and all interest will be devoted to the production of banjos, tenor banjos, banjo mandolins, banjo guitars, and banjo ukuleles under the registered trademark name of 'Epiphone.'" Epi retained most of the Long Island factory's skilled workers. Production increased. Quality improved.
Ornate banjo models were introduced in 1927 including the Emperor tenor banjo ($500), the Dansant ($450), the Concert Special ($300) and the Alhambra ($200). Business was good and the Stathopoulo brothers, with Orphie now serving as Vice President, moved the company to 235-237 West 47th Street. By 1928, The Epiphone Banjo Company were making banjos for Selmer/Conn and the Continental Music line of stores, a major distributor of instruments. In 1928, Epiphone also introduced their first line of acoustic guitars to compete with the company that Epi determined was Epiphone's greatest rival, Gibson.
The Recording Series The Recording series of acoustic guitars, like the banjo line, were each identified by a letter ('A' through 'E') and were notable for their unusual body shape. The instruments combined spruce and laminated maple and were available as an archtop or flattop. The Recording guitars were not initially a success. One problem was a lack of celebrity endorsement.
The other was a lack of volume. The Recording guitars were too small and arguably too ornate, particularly in comparison to the size and volume of Gibson's popular L-5, which was introduced in 1922 and had quickly become an industry standard. The L-5 had projection, tone, and complimented rhythm sections with a tuneful timbre and snare drum like attack. Though banjo sales remained steady immediately after the stock market crash of 1929, Epi was keenly aware that archtop guitars were becoming more popular and that his main competitor in quality and design was Gibson.
In 1931, the Epiphone Banjo Company announced the introduction of the Masterbilt line of guitars featuring seven carved top, f-hole style archtops ranging in price from $35 to $275. It wasn't hard to see the L-5's influence on the new Epiphone line. Epi's guitars had similar f-holes, pegheads, and even a similar name to the Gibson Master Model range.
Epi did continue to distinguish his company with model names that musicians could easily remember and be proud to own. The Epiphone Masterbilt line included the De Luxe ($275), Broadway ($175), and the Triumph ($125).
The De Luxe, according to advertisements, featured a "carved spruce top, flame curly maple back, violin construction throughout, large "f" holes, black and white binding and sweet resonant tone." Throughout the 1930s, the rivalry between Epiphone and Gibson would veer from friendly sparring to all-out guitar warfare.
Gibson retaliated with a new archtop design in 1934, increasing the body width of its existing models and introducing the king-sized Super 400 (named after its $400 price tag). Not to be outdone, Epi replied the following year with the top-of-the-line Emperor, which raised the stakes with a slightly wider body and a provocative advertising campaign featuring a nude woman holding an Epiphone archtop.
In 1936, Epiphone struck again, increasing the size of its De Luxe, Broadway and Triumph models by an inch making them 3/8" wider than Gibson's archtops and one of the most distinctive instruments on the market.
By the mid '30s, Epiphone guitars were considered to be among the best in the world, and Epi himself was enjoying the patronage of the most respected players on the scene. Epiphone went inter-continental with a distribution deal with Handcraft Ltd.
of London, and a new showroom opened at 142 West 14th Street in a seven-story beaux-arts style building near Little Italy. The new building included an advertised "state-of-the-art" research and development laboratory.
The Epiphone showroom on the first floor was both the company's headquarters and a hangout for musicians. On Saturday afternoons, Epi would open display cases and let the leading guitarists of the time artists like Al Caiola, Harry Volpe, and Les Paul, jam as people listened for the sidewalk. Epi was also aware of the success of Rickenbacker's electric steel guitar models. In 1935, Epi made his move with the introduction of the Electar Series (originally known as Electraphone).
Among Epi's unique design features included individually adjustable pole pieces on the Master Pickup. The Electar line furthered the reputation of Epiphone as an innovative brand. By the late '30s, sales had doubled. Collaborations between Epi and other companies became more frequent. In July 1936, Epiphone showed off several new models at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show at the Stevens Hotel in Chicago, including an electrified piano created with the Meissner Inventions Company in Milburn, New Jersey.
Epiphone also began selling amplifiers after meeting electronics enthusiast Nat Daniel, a friend of Les Paul's. Daniel perfected an innovative push/pull wiring design, which today is a fixture in many amplifiers.
Epiphone reps heard Daniel's amps and hired him to build chassis as well as new designs. (Daniel would go on to start the Danelectro line of guitars and amps in the 50s). By the end of the '30s just prior to America's entry into World War II, the rivalry between Epiphone and Gibson showed little sign of abating. In 1939, the two firms introduced similar 'pitch-changing' Hawaiian guitar designs, a precursor to the pedal steel. When Gibson introduced a line of violins, Epiphone struck back with a line of upright basses.
It took the outbreak of the World War II, the scarcity of key materials, and the virtual shut down of guitar production around the world to ring the bell on the rivalry. HARD TIMES The war changed everything. Before the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Epiphone was a consumer favorite and industry leader. By the end of the war in 1945, the company had lost its greatest asset when Epi died of leukemia. Epiphone shares and control went to younger brothers Orphie and Frixo.
Problems emerged slowly at first. Epiphone continued to clash with Gibson, each introducing electric cutaway versions of their top archtops. Pickups continued to be refined and players continued to appear onstage with Epiphone guitars. From the outside, it seemed to be business as usual. But cracks soon appeared both on the production line and in the boardroom. The Stathopoulo brothers argued over the future of the company and in 1948, Frixo sold his shares to Orphie.
The company's reputation for craftsmanship and innovation that Epi had built in the '20s and '30s did not survive the war years. Tastes were changing and Epiphone's products seemed traditional and out of step. The Epiphone factory moved from Manhattan to Philadelphia in 1953 to avoid a union clash but many of the company's craftsmen refused to leave New York.
EPIPHONE AND GIBSON In the early '50s, Epiphone's former champion and favorite late night tinkerer Les Paul became a household name with a television show, a radio program, and chart-topping hits, all played with his name-brand Gibson Les Paul. Les had been perfecting his solid body guitar design in the Epiphone factory and when Fender emerged with their Telecaster, Gibson President Ted McCarty made Les Gibson's first solid body electric guitar endorser.
As Epiphone's fortunes continued to decline, Les suggest McCarty reach out to Epiphone. McCarty took the advice and reached out to Orphie, expressing Gibson's interest in Epiphone's critically acclaimed upright bass division which Gibson had not picked up again after World War II.
When Orphie replied in 1957, McCarty was offered the entire Epiphone company, including the remaining inventory of the Philadelphia factory, for $20,000. McCarty accepted on behalf of Gibson. The Stathopoulo family was out of the instrument business.
Though McCarty's original intention was to bring the Epiphone bass models into the Gibson catalogue, by 1957, he changed his mind. Instead, as McCarty wrote in a memo that year, the Epiphone brand would be revived with a new line of instruments.
McCarty's marketing plan was to offer Gibson-made Epiphones to dealers who were keen to win a Gibson contract, but had not yet proven themselves as profitable dealers. (The right to sell Gibson models was hotly contested between dealerships at this time). It was the perfect solution. Dealers would get a Gibson-quality product without treading on the toes of dealers who already sold the Gibson line.
The entire Epiphone operation was relocated to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Epiphone was back in business. A NEW BEGINNING Epiphone wouldn't stay in the shadow of Gibson for long. When a new line of instruments started filtering through to dealers in 1958, it became clear that the two brands now had three separate identities.
On one hand, Epiphone now listed budget-conscious versions of existing Gibson models. Alongside these models, however, were also recreations of classic Epiphone designs such as the Emperor, Deluxe and Triumph along with a selection of new designs like the semi-hollow Sheraton, the solid body Moderne Black, and flat-top acoustics like the Frontier, whose square-shouldered body style was a first for any instrument from the Gibson Kalamazoo factory.
Combined with a new line of amplifiers, it was clear that Epiphone designers were quickly establishing their independence. The grand unveiling of the Epiphone line took place at the NAMM trade show in July 1958 with the electric Emperor as the flagship model.
The show itself would generate orders of 226 guitars and 63 amps, a modest return. Over the next few years, Epiphone would sell 3,798 instruments in 1961 and by 1965 account for 20% of the total instruments shipped out of Kalamazoo. Even more impressive was the prestige of the guitars themselves. In the early 1960s, the Epiphone Emperor cost significantly more than the top-of-the-range Gibson Byrdland, while 1963's deluxe flat top Excellente, was $100 more than the J-200, and made of rarer tone woods.
The early 60s brought the explosion of folk music, and Epiphone was ready to cater to it, introducing the Seville classical guitar (with and without pickups) in 1961, as well as the Madrid, Espana and Entrada models. In 1962, Epiphone listed a twelve-string, the Bard (on which Roy Orbison composed "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "Only The Lonely") along with a smaller version, the Serenader.
In 1963, the Troubadour, steel string flat top guitar was introduced. The strength of the Epiphone acoustic range was matched by the electric line, the most famous of these was the double-cutaway , first issued in 1961. When the Beatles appeared playing Casinos around 1966, it appeared like Epiphone's recovery was assured with a new identity and the world's biggest pop act as their biggest fans. The catalog now listed 14 electric archtops, six solid-bodied electrics, three basses, seven steel-string flat tops, six classical, four acoustic archtops, three banjos and a mandolin.
The early to mid-1960s were boom time for Epiphone, with unit sales increasing fivefold between 1961 and 1965. But the rise of foreign-made copies in the late '60s took over 40% of the Epiphone/Gibson market share and closed many companies down entirely.
There were other problems. Gibson's Ted McCarty had retired to run Bigsby. Budgets were cut. Gibson's parent company, CMI, was bought in 1969 by the Ecuadorian ECL Corporation, a beer company, and Epiphone found itself in a predicament. It was now perceived to be secondary to Gibson but could not sell instruments cheap enough to compete with inferior, foreign imitations. Before the sale to ECL, the possibility of producing Epiphone product in Japan had been taken under consideration and by 1970, Epiphone production in the United States shut down and moved to Matsumoto, Japan.
However for the first few years of production, Epiphone guitars made in Japan were actually rebranded designs already produced by the Matsumoku Company. The Epiphone line was now a virtual orphan in the guitar world. Models gradually improved. In 1976, Epiphone introduced the Monticello, a series of scroll-body electrics, the Presentation, a new range of flat tops, and the Nova series of flat tops along with the Genesis solid body line.
By 1979, the Epiphone product list was gathering speed, with over 20 steel-string flat tops and electrics. EPIPHONE IN KOREA In the early '80s with the rising cost of Japanese production, Epiphone relocated to Korea in 1983 in a collaboration with the Samick Company. In 1986, three Harvard MBAs; Henry Juszkiewicz, David Berryman and Gary Zebrowski, bought Gibson/Epiphone from ECL/Norlin.
Reviving Gibson was the first priority for the new owners, and with Epiphone making less than $1 million revenue in 1985, the 100 year old company was once again set aside. But new owners Juszkiewicz and Berryman soon identified Epiphone as a sleeping giant and travelled to Korea to decide how the company could be pushed to match the success of other Asian brands like Charvel and Kramer. As they absorbed Epiphone's pedigree, models were revived and new production techniques started getting results.
Soon, sales were growing again. By 1988, the Epiphone listed a new PR Series of square-shouldered acoustics along with an interpretation of Gibson's J-180, several classical guitars, a banjo, and a mandolin. There was also a solid selection of Gibson-inspired models like the and , new archtops like the Howard Roberts Fusio, and a revival of the . TAKING ON THE WORLD By the 90s, the Epiphone line offered 43 different models across a range of styles and budgets.
Gibson President David Berryman opened an Epiphone an office in Seoul and appointed Jim Rosenberg as product manager, and set about re-introducing Epiphone to the world as an innovative guitar maker. The creation of an office in Seoul turned out to be a major turning point for the new Epiphone as engineers and luthiers collaborated to re-make the company. During this intense re-organization, Epiphone product changed beyond all recognition.
Factory processes were assessed and refined and Epiphone's own engineers took a hands-on role in the development of pickups, bridges, toggle switches, and fret inlays, as well as unique features like the metal E logo and frequensator tailpiece. Financially and emotionally, Epiphone invested everything into these new models.
And the marketplace responded. By the time of the 1993 NAMM show, a new range acoustic and electric instruments debuted to great reviews and customer response.
In 1993, a limited run of Rivieras and Sheratons were produced in Gibson's Nashville factory, with the company's Montana plant also building 250 Excellente, Texan and Frontier flat tops. These Epiphones were only intended as a special event but the public reaction prompted Rosenberg to reissue more classic designs.
Those who attended the 1994 NAMM witnessed the re-introduction of Epiphone legends like the Casino, Riviera, Sorrento, and Rivoli bass. In the months that followed, word spread, and a diverse range of artists, from Chet Atkins to Oasis' Noel Gallagher signed up to be part of Epiphone, a confirmation that Epiphone was still a great instrument company. Epiphone was arguably just as successful in the late '90s as at any point in its history.
The Advanced Jumbo Series and several important signature models were released including the John Lee Hooker Sheratons and the Noel Gallagher Supernovas, both a critical and popular success.
The and Revolution Casinos matched unbeatable authenticity and quality and reunited Epi with one of the greatest artists of all time, underlining the company's own re-emergence as a music legend. In 2000, Epiphone introduced the Elitist range and strengthened its position in the acoustic market with the acquisition of veteran Gibson luthier Mike Voltz.
Voltz's contribution greatly to Epiphone's re-development reviving the electric guitar and the reintroduction of the Masterbilt range along with the 2005 re-issue of the . International demand for Epiphones was so high that the company opened a new factory in China in 2004, the first time that Epiphone had its own dedicated factory since the merging with Gibson in 1957. Today, Epiphone has something for every player in every genre. Working musicians prize Epiphone for its affordable versions of Kalamazoo factory favorites and new models like the Wilshire Phant-o-matic and the Ultra III.
Collectors of vintage guitars snap up the authentic Elitist reissues of the Emperor, Casino and Excellente. Epiphone quality rivals that of any guitar manufacturer in the world, while rock 'n' roll fans delight in the company's signature models like the Marcus Henderson Apparition, the Zakk Wylde ZV Custom and the Joe Bonamassa Goldtop. In 2013, as Epiphone celebrates 140 years as the working musician’s favorite instrument maker, Epiphone still has the pioneering spirit of Epi Stathopoulo.
And now, from its new headquarters in Nashville, TN, Epiphone will continue to set the standard for affordable quality and innovation. Epiphone thrives on risk while always delivering a great instrument. In the words Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg: "Epiphone is still the House of Stathopoulo.
We're designers. We're players. We're mavericks. And, we're passionate about everything we do."
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Anastasios Stathopoulos first established the company in 1873. It is one of the oldest names in the musical industry. In the present times, it is located in Nashville, Tennessee. After a few years, in 1957 a company named Chicago Musical Instrument Co. purchased the Epiphone, Inc. This company offers musical instruments for all kinds of musical styles.
It is particularly famous for producing good quality guitars. Whether you need an acoustic guitar, or you are looking for a high-class electric guitar, it has got you covered. If you have ever been interested in playing the guitar, you must have heard about Epiphone.
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Moreover, the top consists AAA flame maple, and the back is made of mahogany wood. Some other specifications include humbucker pickups and a Tune-o-Matic bridge system. Besides, this is equipped with heavy-duty hardware and offer smooth operation. It comes with some complimentary accessories to help the players. These include cord, a guitar strap and a good quality gig bag that makes the portability easier.
Here comes a more stylish one with superior quality and phenomenal functionality. The gorgeous outlook will make you fall for it. This electric guitar features remarkable craftsmanship and very comfortable playability.
Besides, the smooth finish in Translucent Blue adds to its aesthetic appeal. It has a robust construction, and the rugged body makes it more durable. Considering the size structure, playing features and weight, it is equally suitable for players of all skill levels. Whether you are a budding player or an intermediate one, it will help you to polish the playing skills. Moreover, pros would love it for flawless functioning, easy tuning, and superb sound quality.
It is extremely light in weight and has only 2.22 pounds. Speaking of the size measurements, it has 7 x 17 x 44 inches. It exhibits perfect structural design with maple veneer top, rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays and mahogany neck. Both the neck and body has cream binding. Moreover, it has a Tune-o-Matic bridge system and humbucker pickups. The knob controllers are also added for adjusting the tone and volume. The well-structured parts and heavy-duty hardware makes it a worth try and it offers great value for your investment.
This right-handed guitar in striking yellow color is a very apt choice for the new players. In addition to the catchy outlook, it offers excellent structural strength, enhanced durability, high functionality and smooth playability.
This model delivers a very smooth action and more responsive performance. The first-timers are going to have a lot of fun using it. Speaking of the size measurements, it has 43x 17.7 x 5 inches. The weight is also very suitable for the beginners, and it carries only 12 pounds.
This semi-hollow guitar with smaller size is designed to offer enhanced convenience for the play and delivers greater sonic versatility backed by chrome Bigsby tailpiece. Moreover, it possesses high structural strength. The body comprises solid mahogany for improved sustain and warm tone.
The neck is also made of mahogany wood while the fingerboard consists of rosewood. Furthermore, it features an adjustable bridge system and classic single coil pickups. The comfortable neck design assists the newbies. Try this for a pleasant sound, rich tone, and smooth functionality at a very affordable price. If you are going to play the guitar for the very first time, it is better you go for an inexpensive model. Beginners should always take a start with a simple entry-level model that features easy playing features and sturdy structure.
For all the new players the guitar mentioned here is a tremendous choice. This guitar is made by keeping in mind the needs of budding guitarists. Its attention-grabbing finish in Cherry Sunburst makes it an attractive one. The size dimensions include 39 x 17 x 7 inches. Moreover, the weight is just 10 pounds which is easily manageable by the young and new players.
It has a well-structured solid body made of high-quality Basswood. Special attention is paid to durability so that new players can easily enjoy an enhanced learning experience. Some of the prominent specifications include rosewood fretboard, humbucker pickups, and 24.75 scales.
The two knobs added are for adjusting the volume and tone and these are smooth in operation which gives you more control over the performance. Moreover, the sturdy parts and high-class hardware ensure you have a hassle-free experience. Last but not the least, it is a low-budget guitar that is made to offer appreciable performance. Here is another admirable option for the new players.
If you are looking for a firmly structured and stylishly designed guitar for enjoying a comfy and trouble-free playing experience, this is a very reliable choice for you. Among its other useful features, what makes it more attractive and supportive of the players is its flawless smooth finish in black. It makes it look more classy and adorable. In addition to its good looks, its functionality is also fantastic.
This guitar is a convenient option which assists the new guitarists to perform well. It carries only 11 pounds in weight. Moreover, the size measurements are 44 x 16.5 x 4 inches. The structural designs include robust maple body, rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and two open-coil humbuckers. Besides, it features Tune-o-Matic bridge design and comfortable neck made of maple wood. The stopbar tailpiece is added for enhanced sustain and comfortable string changing.
This guitar also has chrome hardware and reliable parts. Besides, it has knobs for easy adjustment of tone and volume. It is a very low-budget option that is a tremendous electrical guitar to begin your musical journey. Are you looking for a more beautiful option? Want to buy a more cost-effective alternative. Don’t worry; you are covered. This semi-hollow electric guitar is one of the most reliable options for the new players and learning students. The comfortable neck design, easy playing features, smoother action and efficient response makes it a remarkable guitar.
The finish in vintage sunburst gives it a more appealing look, and it has a robust structure. This guitar is made with special attention to detail, and the powerful sound makes it a more desirable guitar.
Its physical dimensions are 40 x 14 x 4.5 inches. The total weight is 8.5 pounds. It reflects excellent craftsmanship. The slim taper neck profile is designed to add more comfort for the players, and it assists in fast action.
The nickel plated hardware makes it more durable. Furthermore, the body consists of high-grade maple wood, and the neck comprises mahogany wood. Moreover, it has a rosewood fretboard. Other specifications include tune-O-Matic bridge system and humbucker pickups.
The addition of push-pull coil enables the player to quickly switch between single coil tone and a humbucker for every single pickup. If you are an intermediate level player, this electric guitar will help to polish your skills further.
It is made with exclusive attention to quality, and the modest design makes it look more decent. The smooth finish in stunning honey burst color makes it more appealing to the eyes. The high-quality material is used to ensure improved structural strength, and it is built to last long. Besides, the lightweight makes it easy to carry for the new guitarists. It carries about 10 pounds of weight. The size measurements are 44 x 17 x 7 inches.
The body consists of first-rate mahogany wood coupled with a mahogany neck. The fingerboard consists of solid rosewood and top comprises maple veneer. Some other specifications include cream binding, Tune-o-Matic bridge system, and probucker two pickups.
Furthermore, it has push/pull coil-tapping for bridge pickup volume and neck pickup volume. Moreover, it possesses the volume and tone controlling knobs. It has sturdy hardware and durable parts that allow the players to keep practicing on it for as long as they need.
If you want to buy a high-quality guitar with a stunning outlook and easy functionality at a moderate price, here is an appropriate pick for you. It offers everything that a growing musician needs. This guitar is handy to play and provides an enhanced response. The easy operation, effortless action, and long-lasting structure make it a desirable option. This semi-hollow electric guitar comes in a lovely wine-red color that makes it look way more expensive. It is very lightweight that makes it a preferable choice for the young players.
It weighs only 2.2 pounds, and the size dimensions are 39.4 x 17.7 x 8.7 inches. It features a unique body style with dual cutaway and possesses 2 F-holes in addition to Bigsby vibrato.
The body structure is made of maple wood while the fingerboard consists of rosewood which is a highly recommended choice. The neck comprises mahogany and offers comfortable play. Besides, it has a single coil pickup, Tune-o-Matic bridge system, and gold hardware.
Try this for a more fruitful learning experience, and you won’t regret your choice. Here is another semi-hollow-body guitar. For the players who are looking for a combination of high aesthetics and estimable functional features in addition to effortless playability and high longevity, this is a fantastic model. Not only it looks stunning, but the sound is also incredibly high as well. If you want to enjoy uncompromised quality at a moderate price, try this one out.
The striking finish in cherry red looks appealing, and it looks way more expensive. The weight is not much, and it carries about 12 pounds. It is a very suitable pick for the intermediate level players. Moreover, the size dimensions are 44 x 20.5 x 5 inches. The thing that you would love the most about this phenomenal guitar is the perfect artistry. It has a Laminated Maple body matched with a maple top. Besides, the fretboard comprises high-quality rosewood and features dot inlay.
The slim taper D neck profile provides a more comfortable playing experience. It also has tune-O-Matic bridge system and humbucker pickups. Furthermore, the heavy-duty pickups and chrome hardware add to its durability. Try this for enjoying a comfortable and delightful musical experience. Acoustic guitars are often more affordable and the one presented here is one of the most reasonable options that provide noteworthy performance.
If you are in search of a well-crafted, robust guitar, here is what you need. High structural strength adds to its longevity. Considering the excellent response, impressive functionality and high durability, it is an outstanding option for the fresh players and hobbyists. It has a gorgeous design. The weight is just 7.3 pounds that is easy to carry, and beginners would find it a comfy one to take a start. Moreover, the size dimensions are 42 x 18.5 x 5.5 inches.
It reflects outstanding quality. The structure is made to last long. This guitar is built to deliver a pleasant tone. Its top is made of spruce, and the back and sides consist of solid mahogany. Furthermore, the bridge and the fingerboard comprise rosewood.
The headstock of 14-degree is added to provide enhanced pressure at the nut. Moreover, it has a 25.5-inch scale. This guitar delivers the astonishing sound quality that is difficult to find at such a low price. Both the beginners and pros would love its bright sound. Try this and enjoy a fabulous musical experience at a very moderate price. For the players who want to purchase an acoustic guitar that provides a blend of appealing looks and notable sound quality, it is a beautiful model.
Not only its outlook is striking, but it also possesses splendid sonic properties and high functional efficiency. Smart selection of manufacturing material makes it a sturdy and excellent sounding instrument.
This right-handed guitar is a suitable pick for the advanced learners. The size dimensions are 44 x 6 x 19 inches.
Furthermore, it is light weighted and hence easily portable. It weighs only 11 pounds. The top comprises solid spruce which adds to its strength and durability. The sides and back consist of mahogany. This outstanding wood combo not only makes it more durable but also provides marvelous tone and splendid sound. Furthermore, the fingerboard comprises rosewood pearled inlays in a parallelogram shape.
The robust hardware and strong body parts make it more suitable for more extended use. It has Nano Flex pickup system and high functionality. Epiphone’s this guitar has a pleasing appearance and excellent sound. It is available at a very moderate price. Are you an experienced guitarist? Looking for a high-class option? Well, if budget is not your problem, you should go for this model as it is made to provide outstanding performance. This simply structured model offers enhanced ease of playability, and its solid construction makes it a robust choice.
As far as the appearance is concerned, that is amazing. The stylish design makes it more gorgeous. It is also a right-handed guitar that comes in the natural finish.
The weight is moderate. It carries 12 pounds. Furthermore, the size dimensions are 43.5 x 20.8 x 6.3 inches. It has maple body and select spruce top. Just like other models, its fingerboard and bridge also contain rosewood. The heavy-duty hardware makes it worth spending some money.
Besides, what makes it more popular is the classy cutaway design which makes it more comfortable for the players to access the frets. Also, it delivers an excellent low-end response. Although it is a bit costly, you would love its functional features and comfortable playability. Are you looking for a more pocket-friendly package? Want to learn more comfortably? Don’t worry, you are covered.
Here comes an excellent option for first-time guitarists. The heavyweight is the only problem that you will have with this guitar. Other than that, it is perfect for the beginning players. Whether your preference is to get quality sound or you want to go for an easy to play an instrument, it is the right pick.
It weighs about pounds 26.2 pounds. The size dimensions are 43 x 22 x 8.5 inches. The body comprises laminated wood and spruce is used to make the top. Its neck consists of mahogany wood. The fingerboard is made of rosewood, and the guitar possesses chrome hardware. In addition to these the exclusive cutaway, styles provides easier access to frets.
It comes complete with many accessories. These include a tuner, picks, strap, and chord. Besides, for making the learning experience easier, an instructional DVD is also added to the package.
To make the pack more valuable, a well-made carry bag is also included. It also makes hauling easy and trouble-free. Lastly, you will get a 10-watt small amplifier with this guitar. The amp added is handy for the new players, and it is often used for practice. The guitars in black finish always look more appealing and classy. They give a more expensive and chic outlook just like the one mentioned here. It is a more affordable, reliable and smooth operation instrument for both the entry level and intermediate level players.
Being strongly crafted, it can last for a more extended time, and hence new players can choose it for their long practice sessions. Along with chic appearance and high structural strength, it also provides an excellent quality of sound that is hard to get at such a reasonable price. The size measurements include 42 x 18.5 x 5.5 inches. Moreover, it is also very lightweight for the ease of fresh guitarists.
It weighs only 8 pounds which makes the portability more convenient. It is among the most recommended Epiphone guitars for the young and new players. This guitar is usually preferred due to outstanding quality.
It comprises a spruce top coupled with mahogany back and sides. Both the bridge and fingerboard consist of rosewood. It is made to deliver phenomenal projection, a warm bass, and well-balanced expression. You can enjoy an incredible performance with it at the very modest rate.
Try this for a comfortable playing experience. For all the hobbyists and new guitarists, here is another lightweight and easy to play the guitar. It is made to meet the playing needs of entry-level players. This guitar has a sturdier structure, and it can last longer. The wise selection of wood combination delivers a pleasant and solid sound. The comfortable playing features make it a more encouraging choice for the players.
As it is made for the young players and beginners, it carries a very low weight for their assistance.
It has only 8 pounds of weight. Moreover, the size dimensions are 42 x 18.5 x 5.5 inches. With well-made mahogany body and spruce top, it reflects fantabulous craftsmanship. The scale is 25.5, and the guitar contains Nickle hardware. The bridge and fingerboard consist of rosewood.
Additionally, it comes in the simple natural finish and has a very sophisticated design. It delivers admirable sound quality and mesmerizing tone. This guitar is a more helpful option for those who are looking for a low-budget model. For all the learning players looking for a sturdier option for long-term use, this acoustic guitar is an apt model. Made of top-quality woods, it enhances the durability and provides solid sound. Choosing it would be helpful for you if you are going to play the guitar for the first time.
It is made with special attention to easy playability. This guitar offers smooth action, and it is very responsive. It has a vintage sunburst finish which makes it graceful. The design is simple, and it is a fun instrument to start with.
Its size dimensions include 44 x 5 x 17 inches. Being made for the entry level players, it carries a very lightweight for added convenience. The total weight is up to 9 pounds. It reflects all the qualities that an Epiphone guitar has. Whether you want looks, the high class built quality or excellent sound, the EAFTVSCH3 FT-100 has it all. It has selected spruce top, and the sides and back are made of mahogany wood. Moreover, it has a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and a mahogany neck.
Some other specifications include premium head machine and Nickle hardware. Considering the operational efficiency, it is equally suitable for both the new and professional players.
Choosing the Best Epiphone Guitars All of these models are selected by considering their functional efficiency. Players of all skill levels including fresh learners, growing students and professionals will find suitable options here. Besides, we have covered a broad budget range.
The players looking for some more affordable yet good quality options would find suitable models here. Similarly, some moderately priced guitars are also mentioned. Some high-end expensive guitar models are also included for the pros to deliver flawless performance.
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We know Epiphone currently offers a huge range of guitars and basses from the 'starter-packs' up to pricey Elitist models, so there should be the 'right one' for many situations. There is nothing wrong with 'Entry Level' guitars, they usually do their job, nothing more - nothing less. The more you're willing to spend on any Epi, the more 'features' or better 'specs' you'll get. Speaking for LesPauls for example, a carved top, or a bound body is a step up and will cost a few $$s more.
Same with the pickups, the PRO models are fitted with the newest generation of Epis pickups and are considered a huge step up compared to the former used pickups.
Top of the line instruments do have features, like real maple caps, original US made Gibson pickups, better electronics, wirings etc. sometimes even a hardcase included. If you want to compare specs of Epi-models, the Epi-wiki can be a great help. The old-fashioned rule 'play before buying' isn't wrong - though a retailer with a good return-policy is a good alternate, especially for people without big stores in their area, and you can play it with your own gear.
You can get great deals when you buy used guitars, depends where on the globe you live. If you're not very experienced with guitars at all, it is helpful to have an experienced musician with you.
Considering the fact, that there are a lot of faked Epis out there, the old rule 'If the deal is too good - it can't be true' should be worth a thought. If you have any doubt about the legitimity of any Epi you're planning to buy, just post some pics or a link to the sales add in the 'New Fake Epi' thread, we will always try to help you with what we know about.
Sometimes guitarists talk about guitars "speaking" to them - this is about a number of things; fit, feel, look, set up, connections, etc. what is says is that we are all different, we have different physiologies, different tastes, different needs. In other words what one person thinks is the best choice probably isn't for you! Buying an instrument has some similarities to buying a suit - something that looks great on someone may not on you!
I guess that's why I am very much a 'try (several times) before you buy' man. I'd also say try lots, do some comparisons - music shops are normally happy for you to take a few guitars into the amp room - Try them as you will play them - loud, with effects, standing up etc. etc. so you get a feel for the guitar in the way you would be using it.
I read somewhere recently that buying a Guitar because one of your heroes plays it is, counter to received wisdom, a GOOD thing to do. I agree, they will have tried all sorts of instruments and if they selected something to suit their music, (tone, features, style etc.) music which you like, then chances are it may also work for you! On the other hand try not to get seduced by a salesman trying to sell you a guitar because it is a branded 'professional' instrument, instruments can't be professional, only players can be!
Playability is key and often more expensive instruments use more expensive heavier materials which won't make it any fun to play if you are not yet fully grown! Likewise check scale length - my son simply can't reach the 1st two frets on my Bass! If you are buying a second hand guitar then it is worth paying an extra circa £50 to get it professionally set up by an independent luthier/guitar tech.
(I personally do not trust a salesman to set up a new guitar - especially once the cash register has rung!). The right guitar for you is the one you can't walk past without picking up and once you do you never want to put it down!
Can't emphasisie the importance of 'Try Before you Buy' no matter how impatient one might be. When my daughter wanted her first Electric she had her mind set on a Sunburst Epi Les Paul, just purely on looks which I suppose is where it starts for some. We went and tried one and she loved the LP but did not like the sound of it or 'feel' of it. It took another 2 weeks of trying different guitars to find 'The One' and she eventually ended up with an Epi 339 which she loves the sound of and the way it feels, it was her first words when she picked it up...."This is the one".
We had a young lad in the shop yesterday looking for his first Electric and had a similar view about having a Les Paul in Sunburst, he tried one and put it back, tried a lovely Squier Butterscotch Tele and liked the sound better but put it back, tried a Sheraton but too big for him, tried an old Jap no name Strat but too heavy, he eventually walked out with a really nice Vintage LP GT with P90's after about 2 hours as he loved the sound and he didn't even know what they were before he walked in, one happy youngster, more informed and made him realise looks alone are nothing if you don't like the sound and feel.
Click to expand...Agreed. I think the used market is better for more experienced players and buyers who can judge a guitar a bit better, due to their experience. My Special II / G310 or whatever bolt on epi I got for $99 with SD SH6s installed is a prime example of a great deal ($135 pickups in a $99 guitar) and as a bonus it happens to be a great playing cheap guitar. BUT I was more than willing to take it right back to GC if I didn't like it.
For used, especially without trying it first, you need a generous return policy and be willing to take it back if you don't like it. Since someone who is less experienced may well keep it past the return date, I'd tend to avoid mail order used guitars if you're a beginner. Conversely, going into a guitar store with a fair stock of used guitars is a GREAT way to try out a lot of various guitars to see what you like. Click to expand...^100%, the independant shop I help out in now and again is 70% used stock and it is a great way to try things out, all the above guitars mentioned in my previous post are used and we encourage beginneers to try as many as possible, especially when they don't actually know what type/sound they want, we also make sure the amp isn't some exotic tube thing and is a small combo....Marshall, Line 6 or something more inline with what it may up being played through at home in a practice environment.
I have to be completely honest in this forum..."Try before you Buy" may have changed the way I look at guitars, because up until this year, I was always a PRS and Ibanez guy. I bought an alpine white Epi LP Studio, just to hang on my wall because I thought it looked cool. I had never even played an LP in my life. After having it sit around for a while, I decided to do a setup on it and give it a go.
Now, I have 4 LPs and I barely play anything else. I have several guitars worth loads more money, but I prefer these LPs because they just play great. I guess where I am going with this, is that you have to make sure to try everything you can get your hands on, because when something feels right in yours hands, thats the way to go. Can't emphasisie the importance of 'Try Before you Buy' no matter how impatient one might be.
When my daughter wanted her first Electric she had her mind set on a Sunburst Epi Les Paul, just purely on looks which I suppose is where it starts for some. We went and tried one and she loved the LP but did not like the sound of it or 'feel' of it. It took another 2 weeks of trying different guitars to find 'The One' and she eventually ended up with an Epi 339 which she loves the sound of and the way it feels, it was her first words when she picked it up...."This is the one".
We had a young lad in the shop yesterday looking for his first Electric and had a similar view about having a Les Paul in Sunburst, he tried one and put it back, tried a lovely Squier Butterscotch Tele and liked the sound better but put it back, tried a Sheraton but too big for him, tried an old Jap no name Strat but too heavy, he eventually walked out with a really nice Vintage LP GT with P90's after about 2 hours as he loved the sound and he didn't even know what they were before he walked in, one happy youngster, more informed and made him realise looks alone are nothing if you don't like the sound and feel.
Just to get some (corporate) facts about the newer Epiphone pickups The Sound of Innovation: Introducing Epiphone's Premier Pickups 12.22.2014 Boutique sound anyone can afford with the ProBucker™, P-90 PRO™, and CeramicPlus™ In 2014, Epiphone celebrated its 141st anniversary as the world's #1 maker of professional and affordable instruments. And though today's Epiphone reaches more fans around the globe than even founder Epi Stathopoulo himself could have imagined possible, at its core the "House of Stathopoulo" is not so different than it was in the 1930s.
Back then, Epi transformed his family business into one of the great instrument companies of his era and put Epiphone on the same path it's on today, innovating with the same adventurous spirit. Today, Epiphone gives its fans--both pros and pros at heart--not only beautifully crafted instruments but also incredible sounding instruments with pickups that match or rival any of the boutique manufactures.
If you just think of Epiphone as "affordable" or a "classic name," get ready for a big surprise when you fire up an Epiphone Les Paul, Wilshire, or Casino and compare it to vintage models that cost ten times as much. In 2014, Epiphone introduced three incredible new pickups, the ProBucker™, the single coil P-90 PRO™ and the CeramicPlus™ that for the first the time have made the sound of hand-made boutique pickups affordable to everyone.
Whether you're looking for a classic tone or something new, Epiphone's new line of premier pickups can take you there. ProBucker™ Humbucker Epiphone's ProBucker™ humbucker has quietly become one of the most talked about pickups in the industry. It has fooled experts, vintage purists, and even luthiers who have worked with the best vintage examples from the late 50s and early 60s. Epiphone ProBucker™ humbuckers are the real deal--made with 18% Nickel Silver unit bases and covers, the same alloy used by Gibson at the Kalamazoo factory when the humbucker was first invented.
The use of Nickel Silver reduces the occurrence of eddy currents due to low conductivity and provides a more transparent and crisp output. The size and shape of the bobbins also has a great impact on tonal response. And the bobbins used on ProBucker™ pickups duplicate the size and shape of the gold standard in the industry, Gibson humbuckers. Epiphone ProBucker™ pickups also feature sand cast Alnico II magnets, high quality 4 conductor lead wire, and are vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics.
But what really counts is the sound, and Epiphone's ProBucker™ pickups have delighted and puzzled some of the toughest critics around, who are always on the hunt for the elusive and impossible-to-define tone of the "Patent Applied for Pickups" that first found a home in Les Paul Standards in the late 50s. The first generation of Kalamazoo-made humbuckers (often called "PAF" or "Patent Applied For" for the telltale sticker found on the back) has acquired a mythical status among guitar players.
Originally hand-wound, each vintage example sounds different but share the same combination of a smooth tone with colorful, edgy overtones that are as expressive as violin or viola. The humbucker pickup was really invented, in fact, to "buck the hum," the annoying "buzz" that amplifiers and electric guitars picked up in poorly grounded bars and nightclubs. Add to that noise the powerful signal of AM radio stations coming in and out of one's amplifier and you can understand why "bucking the hum" was a such a concern in post-war America where bands were having to turn up louder and louder to be heard over a Saturday night crowd in a honky tonk.
Inventor and Gibson/Epiphone staff technician Seth Lover, who first applied for a patent for his humbucker pickup in 1957, had a mission to give guitar players a pickup that brought down the noise without sacrificing tone. Coincidentally, Gibson/Epiphone owner Ted McCarty, who put Seth onto the task of making the humbucker, was also looking for a way to perk up flagging sales of the company's flagship electric, the Les Paul.
Initially the Les Paul Standard and its new humbucker pickup didn't take off and were made in low quantities. In fact, the Les Paul Standard as we know it today was actually discontinued for most of the 1960s. But the humbucker and the Les Paul Standard did not go quietly into the night. As music fans know, guitar heroes like Eric Clapton, Michael Bloomfield, Duane Allman, and Peter Green took to the "P.A.F." sound as the ultimate blues guitar tone.
Their inspiration? Probably Keith Richards, who played a late 50s Les Paul Standard (with a Bigsby™) on the T.A.M.I. Show film which also featured James Brown in one of the great performances in rock and roll history. (Just before the show, Keith had put aside his Epiphone Casino, his main axe for a dozen early Rolling Stones hits including "Satisfaction." Today, there's hardly a player in the world that doesn't regard the prospect of owning (or just playing) a late 50s Les Paul with those rare humbuckers as the ultimate electric guitar experience.
Prices for a late 50s Les Paul Standard are close to $200,000. And then there are a few out there (rare left-handed models, artist owned, and even a few un-played Les Pauls that still have hang tags) that easily approach the cost of a house in a city of your choice. For Richard Akers, Epiphone's Director of Research and Development, securing Epiphone a place in the crowded race to produce a great Patent Applied For-style humbucker was the ultimate design challenge.
"The new ProBucker™ pickups are not just slight improvements over previously produced pickups. They were completely designed here in Nashville and tooled from the ground-up at a new factory dedicated to high end pickup production," said Akers. "These pickups use only the highest quality components and are based on the most sought after humbuckers of Gibson's history.
I spent many, many hours making sure these came out great and I am really happy with the results. They sound fantastic." With the new ProBucker™ pickups, Epiphone now gives its players the confidence that any instrument they purchase with ProBucker™ pickups will have that classic rock and roll patent applied for ("P.A.F.") tone. Epiphone ProBuckers™ got their official debut in July 2013 during Epiphone's 140th birthday celebration during an open house that saw many --including some of the top guitar magazine editors in the US--take the "humbucker challenge" and pick Epiphone over many other fine boutique challengers.
While every pickup sounded fantastic and the differences were slight, Epiphone's ProBuckers were chosen as the preferred pickup by a majority (61%) of the players. Check out the video to see the challenge in action and some of the surprising results (and guests)! Alnico Classic PRO™ If you’re looking for the traditional tonal charteristics of Alnico pickups but with a higher output and a slightly more modern sound, check out our critically acclaimed Alnico Classic PRO™ humbuckers.
Alnico Classic PROs are found in nouvo classics like the Epiphone , the , and the . Alnico Classic PROs are similar to ProBuckers in construction except they use Alnico-V magnets, making them higher in output for enhanced mids and highs. Epiphone P-90 PRO™ Pickup Following in the footsteps of the ProBucker™ is the new single coil P-90 PRO™, a rebirth of one of the greatest and most versatile pickups in popular music, also invented by Seth Lover.
The original single coil P-90 pickup was inspired by the now legendary (and super rare) "Charlie Christian" pickup used by the revolutionary jazz guitar player from Oklahoma who plugged in with the Benny Goodman band and transformed the guitar from a rhythm instrument to a solo instrument.
Just like originals P-90s, the Epiphone P-90 PRO™ is an extremely sensitive pickup that easily bends to a player's unique touch. With its distinctive growl and wide range, it's great for rock and roll, pop, jazz, country, or anything you want to throw at it.
The creation of the Epiphone P-90 PRO™ once again followed the same principles used to create the ProBucker™. "Just like a good chef uses science and art to create unique dishes, a good pickup designer is able to use ingredients in unique ways to create sound," continues Richard Akers.
"All the ingredients are available to anyone willing to look but you have to know how to combine them and what is important. Knowing the ingredients in a fine family recipe and how they combine is very similar to how I went about producing these pickups that are synonymous with what our ears have evolved to know as the sound of Rock and Roll." The P-90 pickup not only powered the earliest Les Pauls but were also the engine behind the almighty Epiphone Casino, which has hardly ceased production since its debut in 1961.
In the 60s, the Casino was heard on an incredible variety of hits including the Kinks "You Really Got Me" and virtually every Beatle recording made from 1965-1969 including "Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Paperback Writer," "Revolution," and "Get Back." Today, the list of Casino devotees –both new and vintage--include GRAMMY winner Gary Clark Jr., Thom Yorke of Radiohead, U2's the Edge, and Paul Weller. The new Epiphone P-90 PRO™ single coil pickups are also made with 18% Nickel Silver covers and have been designed and tooled from the ground up with new bobbins manufactured to historic dimensions, Elektrisola magnet wire, sand cast Alnico V magnets, and pole shoes manufactured using correct alloys and to Gibson dimensions.
And for you sticklers to detail, the new Epiphone P-90 PROs™ also have tin plated brass base plates like used on 50's and 60's era Gibson P-90 pickups. "What we perceive today to be a great sounding pickup is partially great because that is the sound we grew up hearing as the definitive sound of Rock and Roll.
It's what our ears want to hear," said Akers. "There is also a lot of truth to the fact that through some very intelligent engineering and also some just plain old luck, Seth Lover and Gibson created fantastic sounding pickups that worked extremely well in the guitars they were producing at the time.
Our modern manufacturing procedures certainly give us a higher degree of consistency but it's hard to top the sound produced by the best examples of the golden era." Ceramic Plus™ Humbucker New for 2014, the Ceramic Plus™ humbucker is the next step in the House of Stathopoulo's ongoing crusade to merge the tone of the past with the tone of the future.
Like Epiphone's critically acclaimed ProBucker™ pickups, new Ceramic Plus™ humbuckers feature 18% Nickel silver unit bases, bobbins tooled to exact Gibson specifications, Elektrisola Magnet wire, but instead are powered by Ceramic 8 magnets. Where as ProBucker™ pickups emulate the rich and subtle tones of hand-wound humbuckers from the late 50s, Epiphone's new Ceramic Plus™ humbuckers are high output modern pickups designed to provide a tight low-end response with both a smooth mid-range and a slightly more pronounced cut on the top end.
Ceramic Plus™ pickups provide high output while still maintaining clarity and focus that's perfect for metal and hard driving rock. Ceramic Plus™ pickups also shine with incredible sustain, drive, and harmonic content at high volume. Modern hi-wattage amps are an especially good match with Ceramic Plus™ pickups, providing all the color and character of a classic humbucker but with the cutting drive that can keep up with intense volumes, fast and super articulate players, and more efficient modern amps.
The first generation of humbuckers used Alnico magnets for the simple reason that they were dependable, available, and gave any guitar that used them tremendous power and subtlety.
But by the late 60s and early 70s, ceramic magnets became more readily available and as guitar-based rock became harder and edgier, the top players in all genres-- especially in the emerging genres of "metal" and "hard rock"--began looking for ways to step ahead of the competition. Ceramic pickups--then and now--provide an excellent alternative to Alnico pickups with their sharp, articulate, and more saturated tone. Today, modern rock's need for volume, drive, and for hi-wattage amps that could maintain crunch for long shows without losing punch and clarity created an ideal need for ceramic magnets in new custom pickup designs.
" The physics dictates that when the impedance of a pickup increases the high end frequency response of the pickup decreases. As the need to drive amps further into saturation became desirable the use of Ceramic magnets to compensate for this loss of frequency response became a perfect fit," said Epiphone's Richard Akers.
"Simply increasing the impedance of a pickup while maintaining the use of Alnico magnets in most cases creates a muddy sounding pickup that lacks clarity.
The use of ceramic magnets helps to compensate for this and adds clarity and focus to high output pickups" And the new Ceramic Plus™ humbuckers are not just for high volume either. Get acquainted with cutting edge tone of Epiphone's new stellar Ceramic Plus™ pickups with the new Les Paul Classic-T, which also introduces the breakthrough Min-ETune™ system to the "king of electric guitars" without breaking the bank.
The Les Paul Classic-T has all of the Les Paul's trademark features including a Mahogany body with a AAA Flame Maple Veneer top, a combination that has made hundreds of hit records over the last six decades. And with Epiphone's Ceramic Plus™ open coil humbucker pickups, Epiphone once again puts a new twist on the legendary Les Paul sound.
Visit your Authorized Epiphone Dealer soon and check out the Epiphone line of solidbody and archtop guitars that feature the ProBucker™, single coil P-90 PRO™ and CeramicPlus™ humubuckers.
And get ready for even more surprises in 2015. I think this is quite useful, even it's from 2012 Les Paul: One To Fit Every Budget 12.01.2012 Epiphone's history with legendary guitarist and innovator Les Paul dates back to the early 1940s when Les, working nights at the Epiphone factory on 14th Street in New York City, created one of the first solid body electric guitars, better known as "The Log." Over the next 15 years, Les continued to develop his dream guitar that would "sustain for days" and in the late '50s, the historic Gibson and Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan produced the Les Paul Standard.
Here's a look at four versions of the legendary guitar. Every guitar player deserves a Les Paul, and there's one to fit every budget. Epiphone's number one selling model LP Special II is a great way for beginners to get started on guitar while getting the feel and tone of a Les Paul. Seasoned pros also love the Special II because it's a great-sounding workhorse of a guitar that allows them to leave their more expensive axes at home...
The Les Paul 100 is a superb instrument for players looking for an affordable but reliable electric guitar that has the classic look, sound and feel of a Les Paul. The Les Paul 100 is cut to the same specs as Les' 1952 original and has everything new and professional guitarists look for in a quality instrument...
The Les Paul Standard Plustop PRO features ProBucker™ “PAF”-style pickups with coil-tapping, new colors and a beautiful AAA flame maple veneer top for a vintage look with all the modern appointments that players expect from Epiphone...
The result was the Les Paul Custom, or the “tuxedo” Les Paul, as it became known among fans. The Les Paul Custom quickly became one of the most recognized guitars in the world and Les himself used his Les Paul Custom in concert, on his weekly television show with wife Mary Ford and on his album covers, including his famous duet with pal Chet Atkins, Chester and Lester.
Care and Maintenance of Your Epiphone 10.15.2013 If you have just purchased a new Epiphone guitar or bass to plug into Rocksmith 2014, congratulations! You now hold in your hands a superb instrument designed and built to last a lifetime.
If you already own an Epiphone (and most players have several), consider this Care and Maintenance Guide your quick reference resource for all guitar questions big and small. When it comes to taking care of both new and vintage instruments, the same rules apply. We recommend you always keep your instrument in a case when transporting or storing it away until the next gig. This reduces the possibility of damage due to nicks, jams, and sudden changes in climate.
Think of your case as your guitar's bodyguard. It's nearly impossible for an instrument to go through life without getting bumped around. But a solid Epiphone case is the only shore fire way to keep your instrument safe when its not being played. Perspiration or water can damage the finish on your instrument so always wipe it down with a clean soft cloth after playing or before storing it in a case.
Polishing with high gloss guitar polish or a good quality carnauba wax polish will prolong the durability of the finish. When using a shoulder strap, check that all contact points and strap fasteners are secure. You're never too old or too experienced to 'think' your guitar is fastened correctly only to have it come crashing down when the strap falls off!
So always double check that your guitar strap is securely fastened. Avoid sharp blows to any part of your instrument. Be particularly alert to avoiding blows to the back of the headstock, machine heads (better known as tuners), and the neck heel area. Many headstock breaks are the result of an instrument being knocked over while being temporarily stored on a guitar stand. And do not stand your guitar case on its end.
(Yes, we know that might sound obvious, but it had to be said!) Though your Epiphone is expertly set up prior to shipping, should minor set up adjustments become necessary, contact your local authorized Epiphone dealer for service or questions. Restringing Your Instrument Fresh strings are a vital part of making an instrument sing and sound its best. When strings begin to go dead---lose their resonance or are not as touch sensitive--you won't get a balanced response from your Epiphone pickups.
Further wear and tear could result in a broken string right in the middle of your solo. If that happens, it's time for a new set of strings! How much you play your instrument and even your body chemistry (how much you perspire) will determine how often to change strings.
Listening to your instrument is the only sure way to judge whether or not your strings need to be changed. And if one string needs to be changed, the others can't be far behind.
To maintain tonal balance, change the whole set at the same time. There are some players (and some styles of music) that prefer the sound of worked-in or "duller"” strings. It all depends on the sound you're looking for.
For instance, bass players who play classic rock and roll love the sound of "worked in" strings. When it comes to guitar, a new set of strings really makes a guitar come alive. Proper string installation is critical to the playability of your instrument. An incorrectly installed string can slip and cause the instrument to go out of tune. When changing strings, we recommend changing one string at a time in order to maintain tension on the neck and bridge.
The pressure of the strings holds the bridge and saddles in place and removing all the strings at once could necessitate a new setup. 1. At the bridge The bridge end of the instrument is strung as shown in the images above.
(Acoustic guitar left, electric guitar right.) Different instruments are strung according to the bridge and string type. The bridge end is always strung before the string posts at the headstock. 2. At the headstock Bring the string from the bridge to the post on the corresponding tuner located on the headstock. Put string (A) through the hole or slot in the post at (B) to (C); around the upper side of the post (D) and under the string (A) at (B), back again around the string post (D).
Now when you wind the string, it will lock itself against the post as shown in the image above. Tuning Your Instrument Many individuals have their own method of tuning their instrument and Rocksmith 2014 will introduce you to many of these including DADGAD and open G, D, and E. Your new Epiphone guitar is tuned to A-400 (standard tuning) utilizing a tuning fork, electronic tuner, or pitch pipe.
The chart below shows how guitar and bass are tuned. The first string, for this purpose, is considered to be the smallest diameter. Tune the two outside strings first then tune towards the center. This equalizes the pressure on the bridge and allows rapid tuning.
Be sure to check your intonation, too. Intonation and Saddle Adjustment for a Tune-o-matic Bridge If you have a Tune-o-matic bridge equipped Epiphone guitar, it comes to you pre-adjusted. But several additional adjustment options are available to you.
1. String Height or Action* The height adjustment of the bridge can be set by using the two slot-head screws on either side of the Tune-o-matic Bridge. Turn clockwise to lower and counter-clockwise to raise. 2. Adjusting the Intonation* An intonation adjustment is usually only necessary when different gauge strings are fitted (it can also be affected by the angle of a tremolo unit). The saddle positions are adjusted by the individual slot-head screws located on the front of the bridge and by sliding the saddles forward or backward.
To check the intonation, use an electronic tuner and tune the guitar to standard pitch. Note: All Epiphone guitars use A-440 for standard pitch. Play the harmonic at the 12th fret and then compare it to the fretted note on the 12th fret.
These notes should read the same on your tuner. Before adjusting the intonation, first determine the direction that the saddle needs to be moved. If the 12th fret harmonic pitch is lower than the fretted note, slide the saddle back.
If the 12th fret harmonic pitch is higher than the fretted note, slide the saddle forward. * Adjusting intonation and string height will affect how your guitar plays and feels. If you are unsure of any of the above operations, please take instrument to an Authorized Epiphone Dealer or experienced gutiar technician. Action Adjustment Action on an Epiphone guitar or bass is the distance that a string must be depressed before it meets the fret. Action measurements are taken in the 64ths of an inch and are calculated from the top of the 12th fret to the underside of the string.
We set the action on all Epiphone instruments at the factory to the optimum playability setting. On occasion, lower than standard settings are desired by the player. This can be achieved by adjusting the bridge studs (See Tune-o-matic Bridge). Lower than standard action can often result in "buzz." This is caused by the string vibrating against the fret.
Buzz or rattle cased by lower than standard action is not considered a defect of the instrument. For action at the first fret, all instruments are set at the same height. Treble strings are set to 1/64" and the action progresses up to 2/64" for bass strings.
Be sure that the truss rod is properly adjusted before setting your action. Trussrod Adjusment All guitar necks are subject to great stress as a result of string tension, humidity or changes in climate. Occasionally there are times when the neck angle may need adjusting.
The truss rod is adjustable at the headstock using an Allen wrench. Please note: this adjustment should be performed periodically but only by a qualified Epiphone repair person. Over adjustment can result in damage to your instrument's neck. Humbucking and Single Coil Pickups Humbucking (double coil) Most Epiphones have double-coil humbucking pickups which were designed to do what the name says: "buck" the hum caused by fluorescent lights, rheostats, and other electric interference.
This is accomplished with two coils of wire, wound in opposite directions to cancel interference. Best of all, they provide a powerful sound that is the foundation of rock and roll. Epiphone pickups are made to produce a variety of subtle variations which can be achieved by the use of different magnets, different combinations of winding turns, and with or without covers. For individual model and pickup specs, visit Epiphone.com and also check out our filmed during Epiphone's 140th anniversary celebration in Nashville in Summer, 2013.
P-90 (single coil) Certain Epiphone models are equipped with single coil P-90 pickups. These come with various covers including "dog ear" () and "soap bar" (the classic ).
When the P-90 was introduced in 1946, it was the most powerful pickup of its kind. The Beatles were especially fond of the P-90 pickup and used their Casinos on every Beatles album from Revolver through Abbey Road. Pickup Adjustments Although the pickups on each Epiphone are set up to Epiphone standards at the factory, some additional adjustments are possible. The height of the pickup can be adjusted by the two screws found at either end of the pickup mounting ring.
Individual string volume can be adjusted by turning the polepiece screws. Bringing the pickup or individual pople screws closer to the strings make the signal stronger or "hotter." Control Knobs and Switches The standard Epiphone electronic configuration is two pickups, four control knobs, and a pickup selector switch.
The four control knobs provide individual tone and volume control for each pickup. Models with only three knobs provide individual volume control and one master tone control.
Single pickup models have only two knobs--one volume and one tone control--and no pickup selector. Your Epiphone guitar is capable of producing an infinite variety of sounds by manipulating these controls. Volume Control The Volume Control on all Epiphone models controls the amount of volume each pickup puts out.
Turning the control clockwise produces more volume. Turning the control counterclockwise produces less volume. Tone Control The Tone Control on all models are "Treble Cut" controls.
This means that as you turn the knob counterclockwise, you reduce the treble output of that pickup and produce a darker tone. Turning the control fully clockwise will produce the brightest sound. This means the pickup's full range of harmonic frequencies are being passed on to your amplifier.
Selector Switch The Selector Switch permits you to turn pickups on and off. On most guitars with two pickups, the middle position turns both pickups on. When the switch is "up," only the neck or "Rhythm" pickup is turned on. When the switch is "down," only the bridge or "Treble" pickup will be heard.
Your Epiphone comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and 140 years (including 50 years as part of Gibson Brands) of music history. Artists like Les Paul, The Beatles, Gary Clark Jr., Slash, Zakk Wylde, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Heart, Brendon Small, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Dwight Yoakam and many others have made Epiphone a part of their story.
So you can be sure your Epiphone can go anywhere your imagination can. So plug in, turn on, and make music! Click to expand...This is true. We had a shop with florescent lighting that made all the guitars buzz when you tried them out.
It was quite irritating. When I bought my Epi LP PTP, I actually put it on layaway at the local Guitar Center. I dropped money into it from every paycheck throughout almost a month.
The beauty is that there's no worry of buyers remorse when doing this, as you're buying it over a month, and with GC's policy, they'll refund the money if you decide not to follow through. This puts you in a frame of mind of having the guitar locked in, and makes you think a little longer about the guitar rather than just impulse buying a guitar and having regrets later.
Also, I have yet to see another Epi PTP (or Gibson LP) with a shade of Honeyburst I've liked nearly as much as my Epi. Generally, I didn't like Honeyburst on flame-tops at all until I saw this one. I was actually in the market for a Tele when I put the money down on my Epi. One thing I found was that the feel of an Epiphone Les Paul PlusTop Pro neck is absolutely perfect for me, and the Epiphone LP Custom Pro has a similar feel as well.
I have owned a Gibson in the past (90's Les Paul Studio), and that guitar was nowhere NEAR as comfy to me as my current Epi, nor were any of the 2014 or 2015 Les Paul Standards. I tell everyone to eliminate the concept "good for the money" when referring to Epiphone. Don't let anyone bully you into thinking you need a Gibson or higher priced guitar in order to be taken seriously. On other forums, there are several (and I mean several) threads complaining about the 2015 Gibson Les Pauls, but there are no complaints about any of the Epiphones, and there was overwhelming excitement for the 2015 line of Epiphone other than they put amber knobs on too many guitars in some people's opinions (I actually like my amber knobs).
Another Consideration: If you alreadly play acoustic and have only ever played acoustic then trying an electric for the first time is not the same experience, it does require a different playing technique, so your perfect, practiced for 3 weeks, tune may sound like you just started again.... so don't think it is all the guitars fault if it doesn't sound the same. I was talking to a musician the other day and he tried to play one of his songs on an Acoustic but it was wrote for and with, an Electric and he really struggled playing the same song on the acoustic as he hadn't played one for about 10 yrs, slow steps and all that....
Lol I used to work in the Theatre... It was amazing how many trained Actors, who had spent years perfecting voice projection, when given a Microphone could not work out how to use it & why their voice sounded so boomy and distorted! They had to retrain and fight the urge to use their stage voice when performing mic'd up.
Best Epiphone Les Paul to buy: which are the good ones.