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4 hours agoEpiphone Archtop Acoustic Guitars. Popular Products. Multiple Finishes. Masterbilt Century Collection Zenith Classic Acoustic/Electric Guitar w/ F-Holes Vintage Sunburst. 1. Compare 2 from $842.35. Epiphone. Masterbilt Century Collection De Luxe Acoustic/Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst Zenith Archtop Sunburst 1951. Compare 3 from

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Epiphone Acoustic Guitars

1 hours agoEpiphone Acoustic Models {{c.Collection.Name}} Explore {{c.Collection.Name}} Epiphone USA Archtop Designer Bass Original Les Paul Original ES Original Designer Acoustic Guitars and Merchandise.

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Epiphone Acoustic Guitars Guitar Center

7 hours agoEpiphone Acoustic Guitars. This product is in "like new" condition and shows little to no signs of use. Free from blemishes, scratches, and user wear. All controls are completely functional. This product shows little signs of use and all controls are completely functional. It may have minor surface scratches.

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Epiphone Masterbilt Guitars Musician's Friend

1 hours ago While the Epiphone brand may be well known today as the maker of lower-cost import versions of US-made Gibson guitars like the Les Paul electric or the J-200 acoustic models, Epiphone's history actually dates back to 1873, and includes some of the finest archtop acoustic and jazz guitars ever built, as well as a variety of mandolins, banjos and

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Zenith Acoustic Archtop Epiphone Wiki

1 hours ago At 13 5/8” wide, this is a very small guitar for an archtop. It has a carved spruce top and laminated maple back and sides. It has a carved spruce top and laminated maple back and sides. The 1932 Zenith had a black celluloid headstock cover plate with fancy colored engravings characterized by the white banners proudly identifying the

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Epiphone Guitars Guitar Center

8 hours agoEpiphone Guitars (426 matches found) Epiphone Guitars. This product is in "like new" condition and shows little to no signs of use. Free from blemishes, scratches, and user wear. All controls are completely functional. This product shows little …

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Epiphone Century Archtop Electric Guitar Guitar Center

2 hours agoEpiphone presents the new Inspired by "1966" Century electric guitar, a faithful reissue of the classic thinline all-hollowbody archtop featuring the Epiphone P-90 PRO single-coil pickup.Historic Epiphone Century StoryIn Epiphone history, the “Century” name goes all the way back to the 1930s big band era, when the “House of Stathopoulo” was making

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Epiphone Electric Guitars Chorder.com

9 hours agoEpiphone Acoustic-Electric Guitars (93) Epiphone Steel Guitars (3) Other Brands. Fender (380) Fender Custom Shop (110) Gibson (455) Gibson Custom (314) Ibanez (881) ESP (705)

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Vintage Guitars for Sale: archtop

6 hours ago Right now, you are looking at a absolutely stunning guitar This is a 1946 Gibson L-50 F-Hole archtop acoustic guitar It weighs 4 lbs 6 oz. The scale length is 24 3 / 4 " , and the nut width is 1 73" The L-50 was Gibson's most popular acoustic archtop ever, produced from 1932-1971 Very easy to hold -the woods here have aged naturally, blessing

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Epiphone archtops Acoustic American jazz guitars from

8 hours ago In 1931/’32 Epiphone started the Masterbilt line-up with seven acoustic archtop models (see picture below). “All models were guaranteed for the life of the instrument.” see guarantee . Wiedler estimates that Epiphone produced over these years a total of about 27.000 acoustic archtops, of which now roughly 2000 six-string and 100 four

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1951 Epiphone Devon Archtop Guitar archtop delight Reverb

7 hours ago Vintage Epiphone Devon Blonde Archtop Guitar. Nice newer hard shell case included. Carved 17" Spruce Top. Maple Back and Sides. Mahogany Neck. Devons are similar in design to the Triumph, with some differences. Very good shape for its age. Frets and neck binding replaced at one time. Plays good

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Category: Acoustic Guitars, Archtop

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Epiphone History

2 hours ago 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.

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Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Olympic Archtop

866-498-78821 hours ago Call Us: 866-498-7882. Email Us. Overview. The Masterbilt Olympic Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a smaller-sized archtop with an arched solid spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a mahogany body and classic f-holes. Inside the upper f-hole is a 1930s-era replica Epiphone

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Epiphone PR4E acoustic guitar Kentucky Music Reverb

3 hours agoEpiphone pr-4e acoustic guitar. Message for more information. Guitars Pedals and Amplifiers Keyboards and Synths Recording Gear Drums DJ …

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vintage epiphone archtop guitar for sale eBay

Just Now 1966 Vintage Epiphone Broadway Model 252N Archtop Guitar. Made in the USA. $3,495.00. or Best Offer. +$36.97 shipping. 11 watchers. Watch. S p M I 1 o n s Z o M 5 H r e d J R J P.

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Vintage Epiphone acoustic guitars Guitars for Sale

5 hours ago Toms River, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. $1300. UP FOR SALE TODAY. Vintage Epiphone FT85 Serenader Acoustic Electric 12 String Guitar. Guitar is pre-owned and in fair cosmetic condition. The soundboard is bellying and the bridge is beginning to lift. There appears to be two cracks in the soundboard.

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Epiphone Guitar Cases American Musical Supply

3 hours ago A quality Epiphone electric or acoustic guitar deserves a world class hardshell case to protect it from the elements and the bumps and bruises of everyday life. And every Epiphone case is especially formed so your Epiphone archtop, SG, Les Paul, or acoustic instrument will fit perfectly. That means soft, perfectly contoured interiors, quality

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Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection De Luxe Classic

5 hours agoEpiphone Masterbilt Century Collection De Luxe Classic Archtop Acoustic/Electric Guitar 2010s Vintag. Northern Guitars. Leeds, United Kingdom. 222. Preferred Seller. $758.28. + $202.21 Shipping. Excellent. Add to Cart.

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Epiphone Masterbilt Century Collection Zenith Reverb

6 hours agoEpiphone presents another esteemed member of the Masterbilt Century Family, the Masterbilt De Luxe Classic 4-String Acoustic/Electric Bass guitar, featuring all of the Masterbilt Century's critically … read more. $699.99. Free Shipping. Buy now, pay later – from 0% APR. As low as $39/month with Affirm monthly payments.

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Vintage Guitars Info Epiphone model history collecting

7 hours agoEpiphone Broadway acoustic and electric archtop. Collectibility Rating: Acoustic Cutaway model: C, Acoustic Non-Cutaway model: D+, Gibson-made Electric Cutaway model: C. 16 3/8" wide, 25.5" scale, walnut back and sides, 3 ply binding on top and back, single bound fingerboard, bound peghead.

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Best Epiphone Acoustic Guitars in 2019 GuitarSquid

3 hours ago https://guitarsquid.com/best-acoustic-guitars/epiphone/In this video, we listed the 5 best epiphone acoustic guitars that you can buy right now. Epiphone i

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Epiphone Acoustic Guitars Sweetwater

9 hours agoEpiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic-electric - Trans Ebony Sweetwater Exclusive. $369.00. Or $123.00/month for. 3 mo. with Easy Pay i. Rated 5.0/5 Stars. (2) Compare. Choose your favorite.

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Epiphone Vintage Acoustic Guitars for sale eBay

4 hours ago Vintage 1940's Epiphone Blackstone Pre-Gibson Archtop Sunburst Acoustic Guitar. $1,399.99. $99.99 shipping. or Best Offer. 15 watching.

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Epiphone For Every Stage

5 hours ago An Epiphone Original played by legends like Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher and more. Epiphone USA Archtop Designer Bass Original Les Paul Original ES Original Designer Acoustic Guitars and Merchandise.

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Epiphone J45 Studio

1 hours ago The J-45 Studio has a unique bell-like shape, a larger lower bout, and a small round upper bout which gives this new addition to our Advanced Jumbo family of guitars a unique voice. The J-45 Studio is made with Epiphone’s century’s worth of experience in crafting world-class guitars that are meant to be played. Epiphone stands behind every guitar they make with a Limited …

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Epiphone Acoustic Guitars Musician's Friend

7 hours agoEpiphone is known for delivering balanced sound and exceptional quality and that’s what you can expect from the Epiphone PR-150 Acoustic Guitar. This dreadnought-styled instrument has a classic look, and its spruce top and mahogany body produce a classic, clear sound that will only get better year after year.

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Acoustic Vintage Epiphone Acoustic Guitar

9 hours ago VINTAGE 1943 EPIPHONE NY ZENITH ARCHTOP ACOUSTIC GUITAR W/ CASE PRE-GIBSON, Now here is a cool old guitar for all you vintage fans out there. This is a 1943 Epiphone Zenith acoustic archtop guitar. It was made in New York and it's serial number is 18354. It has an arched spruce top an arched mahogany back. With mahogany sides.

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Epiphone Archtop Vintage Acoustic Guitars for sale eBay

3 hours agoepiphone zenith archtop guitar 1964/65. $999.00. $65.00 shipping. 49 watching. Vintage 1949 Epiphone Blackstone Archtop Acoustic Guitar! WOW! $1,699.00. $69.88 shipping. or …

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Acoustic Archtops Carter Vintage Guitars

4 hours ago Classic archtop guitars from Gibson, Epiphone, D'Angelico and more. The hollowbody guitars are great for jazz, swing, and blues. New Instruments Added Daily View Latest Arrivals close

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Epiphone Masterbilt Century De Luxe Acoustic Guitar

6 hours ago In the 1930s, Epiphone—then known as the Epiphone Banjo Co.—offered a full range of archtop models from spartan to luxurious, but phased them out decades ago as they lost favor with guitarists. The company is revisiting its roots with a new line of Masterbilt archtops, from the diminutive Century Olympic to the big-bodied Century De Luxe.

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Vintage Guitars Info Epiphone vintage guitar collecting

7 hours ago High-end acoustic archtop Epiphones are constructed of high quality, solid woods. Electric archtop Epiphones are made from laminated woods. Because of this, electric archtop Epiphones are much less desirable, and are worth considerably less than fully acoustic archtop models. Serial number on a 1956 Epiphone acoustic guitar. Serial Numbers

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Epiphone Sweetwater

9 hours agoEpiphone PRO-1 Classic Nylon String Guitar - Antique Natural. 6-string Acoustic Nylon-string Classical Guitar with Cedar Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 1.75" Nut Width - Antique Natural. $129.00. Or $3.00/month§ with. 48 mo. financing* i.

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Epiphone Sweetwater

9 hours agoEpiphone J-200 Acoustic Guitar - Aged Natural Antique Gloss. 6-string Acoustic-electric with Solid Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, 2-piece Maple Neck, Indian Laurel Fingerboard, and Fishman Electronics - Aged Natural Antique Gloss. $899.00. Or $19.00/month§ with.

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Acoustic 1970 Epiphone

Just NowEpiphone FT-135 Vintage Acoustic Guitar A Gibson Epiphone rosewood back and sides spruce top bolt neck This guitar has been through the years and has scars. Dents, and dings to prove it. This is a hippie guitar in okay condition. The Frets are worn. Have a question about this guitar? Call or text me at(408)461-ROCK Shipping Details.

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Epiphone Sweetwater

4 hours agoEpiphone Dove Studio Acoustic-electric Guitar - Violin Burst. 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, Maple Neck, Indian Laurel Fingerboard, and Fishman Electronics - Violin Burst. $369.00. Or $8.00/month§ with. 48 mo. financing* i.

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Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins + more: Gryphon Stringed

1 hours ago 2000 Santa Cruz Guitar Co. Tony Rice Professional Steel String Used. $10,500.00. Quick View. 2003 Monteleone Radio Flyer Mandolin Used. $33,000.00. Quick View. 2009 Collings C10 Maple A SS Varnish Steel String Acoustic Used.

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Guitars 'n Jazz 400 Archtops in stock choose don't settle

4 hours ago It features a hand carved and graduated top and back, slightly thicker than many typical archtop guitars, with a very resonant and acoustic tone. Eastman Jazz Elite The jazz 16 is an all carved, 16″ lower bout, 2 1/4″ at rims archtop, custom designed by Guitars ‘n Jazz with heavy paralell bracing, block inlays, hand wound lollar imperial

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Epiphone Sweetwater

9 hours agoEpiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic-electric - Trans Ebony Sweetwater Exclusive. 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, and Fishman Electronics - Trans Ebony (Sweetwater Exclusive) $369.00. Or $8.00/month§ with. 48 mo. financing* i.

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Epiphone Electric Guitars for sale eBay

5 hours agoEpiphone Es-339 Pro E.guitar Semi Acoustic Type 6 String Pelham Blue. $696.00 New. Epiphone Les Paul Muse Electric Guitar in Radio Blue Metallic. $499.00 New. Epiphone Les Paul Melody Maker E1 - Pacific Blue. $139.00 New. $134.00 Used. Epiphone ENOLEBCH1 Solid Body Electric Guitars Les Paul SL Ebony. 5 out of 5 stars.

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1934 Epiphone Hollywood Masterbilt Tenor archtop.com

3 hours agoEpiphone had been a leading banjo manufacturer, and by 1931 introduced a line of tenor guitars, in parallel to their roster of archtop guitars. In that debut lineup, the Hollywood was the tenor version of Epi's ever-popular Triumph model six string archtop. By 1937, the Hollywood was renamed the Triumph Tenor, which remained in production until

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Epiphone Serial Number Decoder TheGuitarDaterProject.org

9 hours ago The Epiphone serial number decoder currently supports 12 serial number formats from 25 factories. Vintage numbers from 1932 to 1970 are supported. Serial numbers from 70' and 80's era Epiphone guitars made in Japan are not supported. The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period.

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Epiphone Casino Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar

8 hours ago Possibly the most famous Epiphone Guitar in music history, the Epiphone Casino thin-line, hollowbody archtop electric guitar is built with a traditional laminated Maple top, back and sides and solid Mahogany neck with authentic Epiphone Dog Ear P-90 Classic pickups to provide the legendary tone of the Casino made famous by The Beatles nearly 50 years ago.

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Epiphone Acoustic Guitars for sale eBay

5 hours ago The Epiphone EL-00 Pro is an example of one the acoustic guitars on Epiphone’s Parlor line. It has a compact design, a mahogany neck, and built-in Fishman electronics. The Parlor line guitars have nylon strings and smaller bodies that will give you clean tones.

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Epiphone Masterbilt Century Olympic Guitars, Amps, Drums

3 hours ago Product Description. The Masterbilt Olympic Acoustic/Electric Guitar is a smaller-sized archtop with an arched Solid Spruce top with traditional Longitudinal Bracing, a Mahogany body, and classic f-holes. Inside the upper f-hole is a 1930s era replica Epiphone label. The Olympic is available in an aged gloss finish inspired by Epiphone’s

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Recommendations for replacement tuners for my Masterbilt

Just Now It’s the only guitar I have to do this on, too (of the 39 instruments I own in my collection). However, that is because the Epiphone’s Masterbuilt Archtop Century line, which includes the Deluxe, Zenith, and Olympic, uses historically accurate replica tuners like the ones originally on the acoustic Deluxe, Zenith, and Olympic archtop from the 1930s.

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Epiphone Electric Acoustic Guitars >> Vintage Guitar and Bass

4 hours ago Under the ownership of the Stathopoulos family, Epiphone had a long history of producing acoustic and carved top guitars, and mandolins, and developed pickups for lap steel guitars as early as 1935. Epiphone electric Spanish guitars, however, were still some years away. In the early 1950s, Epiphone finally produced a number of full-bodied electric acoustics; very fine guitars

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What kind of guitar is an Epiphone archtop?

Epiphone, an industry leader in affordable professional archtop guitars, reinvents the archtop again by combining Epiphone's original, time-tested designs with 21st century acoustic guitar electronics to bring you the Masterbilt Century Collection.

What kind of guitar is the Epiphone Century Collection?

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What kind of guitar is the Emperor Epiphone?

1959 Gibson-made Epiphone Emperor Zephyr Regent Epiphone Emperor (acoustic), Zephyr Emperor Regent (electric) archtops. Collectibility Rating: Acoustic Cutaway model: A, Electric Cutaway model: C, Acoustic Non-Cutaway model: B.

What kind of guitar is the Epiphone De Luxe?

The De Luxe Classic is part of Epiphone's Masterbilt Century collection of vintage-inspired instruments. The lineup includes other archtops, including the Zenith and Zenith Classic, De Luxe, and Olympic models.

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Collectors' Dozen: Epiphone's 12 Most Desirable Guitars

From the moment in December 1927 when Epaminondas “Epi” Stathopoulo officially changed the name of his musical instrument manufacturing company from the House of Stathopoulo to the Epiphone Banjo Corporation (later shortened to Epiphone Inc. in 1935), the company seemed motivated to outdo their main rival, Gibson. 

The rivalry probably existed well before then, but as Epiphone eventually transformed its primary focus from building banjos and mandolins to guitars, the competition between the two companies became increasingly evident. Almost from the very beginning of Epiphone’s guitar production efforts in 1928, there was a synergy between the two brands – somewhat adversarial at first, but also with considerable admiration on both sides.

Epiphone’s guitar production expanded rapidly during the Art Deco Thirties, and the company quickly became known as a preeminent maker of jazz archtop guitars. Gorgeous and stylish, these instruments lived up to their big city, aristocratic names– Broadway, Emperor, De Luxe – in every way. The rivalry between Gibson and Epiphone significantly drove the evolution of archtop acoustic and electric guitars during this period. For example, when Gibson introduced the Super 400 in 1934, which featured an 18-inch body and was Gibson’s largest archtop at that time, Epiphone responded by developing the Emperor, which boasted an 18 1/2-inch body.

Epiphone also had a geographic advantage thanks to the company being based in the heart of New York’s vibrant music scene, where they had better access to the leading performers of the time than Gibson did in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Epiphone’s factory and showroom at 142 West 14th Street in Manhattan became a hangout for the city’s top players, who regularly turned up for Saturday afternoon jam sessions hosted by Epi and his siblings Orphie, Frixo and Minnie, who were also involved in the family business.

One of the guitarists who frequented the Epiphone showroom was Les Paul. Although his name would later become closely associated with Gibson, Les was very much an Epiphone player early in his career during the Thirties and Forties. He even did some of the work on his pioneering solidbody electric guitar prototype, the Log, at the Epiphone factory.

“The great players like George Van Eps, Carmen Mastern and Freddie Green all had Epiphones,” Les recalled. “A lot of the great players did back in those days, when you really had to thump out the rhythm. That was the sound we all craved.”

Like most other American guitar companies during the Forties, Epiphone persevered but struggled due to shortages of materials and other economic challenges caused by the United States’ involvement in World War II. Epiphone suffered an even bigger setback when Epi died of leukemia in 1943 at age 49. His brothers Orphie and Frixo carried on the business for the next few years, but eventually Frixo moved to Ohio in 1947 to start his own new company. When Frixo died in 1957, Orphie’s interest in running Epiphone seemed to die as well.

Ironically, it was Epiphone’s biggest competitor, Gibson, that breathed new life into the company. Ted McCarty, who became president of Gibson in 1950, played a significant role in bringing Gibson back from the reversals and doldrums of the war years. As the design genius behind the Gibson Les Paul, Flying V, Explorer and ES-335, McCarty successfully ushered Gibson into a new golden era.

Shortly after Frixo’s death, Orphie called McCarty and offered to sell the Epiphone company to Gibson for $20,000. McCarty was initially interested only in Epiphone’s upright bass-making business, but when he found out that the price included everything, including the tools, fixtures, work in progress and even the company name, he decided to establish Epiphone as a subsidiary of Gibson. 

The same energy that had once driven the Gibson/Epiphone rivalry now blossomed into a beautiful partnership, and through McCarty’s leadership Gibson gave new life to Epiphone that still continues to this day. Epiphone’s new solidbody and thinline electric models complemented Gibson’s range of electrics by filling in gaps or exploring alternate approaches, and Epiphone’s flattop acoustic line expanded to provide lower-priced alternatives to Gibson flattops without sacrificing quality.

As current Epiphone president Jim Rosenberg recently pointed out, “the merging of Gibson and Epiphone turned out to be one of the landmark events in pop culture history.” The new breed of Epiphone instruments helped fuel the game-changing sound of the mid-Sixties British Invasion. Prominent use of Epiphone gear by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and other U.K. hitmakers made models like the Casino, Riviera, Sheraton, Rivoli and Texan an integral part of rock and roll’s DNA.

And it’s been that way ever since. Celebrity association, benchmark craftsmanship, beauty of style and killer tone make vintage Epiphone instruments from every era highly collectible, not to mention a savvy investment. Thanks to their relationship to Gibson, both as a fierce competitor and as an eventual partner, the quality of most Epiphone guitars is comparable to their Gibson counterparts, yet on today’s vintage market the Epiphone models are priced significantly less, making them great bargains for players and collectors alike. Here are some of the most sought-after vintage Epiphone classics.

1928–31 Recording Model E

Although the Stathopoulo family built numerous guitars on a custom order basis ever since Anastasios Stathopoulo first opened shop in New York City in 1903, they did not offer standard production guitar models until Epiphone introduced the Recording Model series in 1928. Recording Model guitars were based on the ornate look of the company’s popular Recording series banjos, with pearloid headstock veneers displaying etched neo-Classical scrolls bearing the company’s name and Recording Model designation. Recording Model guitars are also instantly recognizable by their lopped-off cutaway on the body’s upper treble bout. All were offered in both concert size (13 1/2 inches wide) and auditorium size (15 1/2 inches wide.)

The Model E was at the top of the Recording series, sporting a carved spruce top. Features are not particularly consistent, but generally the 1930-31 Model E guitars are actually slightly less ornate than their 1928-29 counterparts, which is perhaps a reflection of the Great Depression that commenced with the stock market crash of 1929. The Recording Model guitars were discontinued in 1931, which makes the 1930-31 Model E the most evolved iteration of Epiphone’s historic first dedicated foray into the guitar market.

1935–40s Masterbilt De Luxe

As the big band era got underway in the Thirties, Gibson and Epiphone competed for jazz archtop supremacy. The Epiphone Masterbilt series – the very name is a riff on Gibson’s Mastertone and Master Model instruments – made its debut in 1931, with the De Luxe at the top of the line. The De Luxe and other Masterbilt models underwent major redesigns in 1935. Created to compete with Gibson’s legendary L-5 archtop, the retooled De Luxe boasted a big, 17 3/8-inch lower body width and Epiphone’s newly developed Frequensator tailpiece. 

It’s far more ornate than the L-5 or any other Gibson archtop of the era, with a generous amount of binding, fan or cloud fretboard inlays, and Epiphone’s iconic “tree of life” headstock inlay. Collectors also value the hand-carved, quartersawn, bookmatched Adirondack spruce tops and highly figured maple back, sides and necks on De Luxes from this prime pre-WWII era.

For many, these instruments represent the apotheosis of Epiphone archtop design. The Masterbilt De Luxe was produced in much smaller quantities than Gibson archtops from the same era, making these beautiful guitars highly collectible.

1948–57 Emperor Regent

Epiphone’s Emperor model first appeared in the mid-Thirties, another product of the jazz archtop “size wars” that raged during that era. It was a marketplace riposte to Gibson’s Super 400, sporting a colossal 18 1/2 inch body width. Outranking the De Luxe, the Emperor took its place at the top of the Epiphone line. The model evolved over time to include a cutaway iteration, the Emperor Regent. 

One of the great jazz archtops, the Emperor Regent represents a high point in Epiphone’s post World War II output. Most collectors rank Emperor guitars from the Thirties as Epiphone’s most desirable archtop model, but for many the later cutaway Emperor Regent models are even more desirable from a playability perspective.

1953–57 Zephyr Emperor Regent

Designed to compete with Gibson’s ES-5, The Zephyr Emperor Regent was Epiphone’s top-of-the-line archtop electric guitar during the Fifties. Like the ES-5, this model is a three-pickup guitar, but pickup combinations on the Zephyr Emperor Regent are accessed via a row of six push-buttons located on the body’s lower treble bout. In addition to allowing the player to instantly access any single pickup or pair of pickups (but not all three pickups at once), the push buttons impart a certain retro, mid-century élan to the instrument.

The Zephyr Emperor Regent was originally introduced with a laminated spruce top, which was later changed to laminated maple. The maple tops tend to be quite attractively figured, and they beautifully complement the Zephyr Emperor Regent’s gold-plated hardware, multi-ply binding and artful inlay work. Finishes were either a rich brown sunburst or natural/blonde and, like with many Gibson models, the blonde finish versions usually sell for higher prices.

1954–57 FT 210 Deluxe Cutaway

This acoustic flattop is one of several gems to come out of Epiphone’s often underrated Continental period, when production shifted form New York to Philadelphia. With a maximum body width of 17 3/8 inches, the FT 210 is a big, boomy flattop designed to compete with jumbo acoustics such as the Gibson J-200. The combination of this body size, cutaway and carved arched back make this guitar unusual for a Fifties flattop and eminently collectible. The shape of the tortoiseshell plastic pickguard, which starts at the bridge and extends upward to follow the contour of the cutaway, is bold and original. 

The “epsilon” E initial on the pickguard, cloud fretboard inlays, and “tree of life” motif adorning the center-dip peghead all proudly proclaim this instrument as an Epiphone. Jazz guitarist Harry Volpe was one notable devotee of the Epiphone Deluxe Cutaway.

1963–69 FT 120 Excellente

The Excellente was one of the flashiest, most ornate flattops in Epiphone’s Sixties product line. The eagle etching on the curvy pickguard invites comparison with aviary-themed Gibson flattops like the Hummingbird and Dove, as does its square-shouldered dreadnought shape, which also suggests a Martin influence. The FT 120 Excellente’s Brazilian rosewood back and sides also contribute to its collectible status. 

The neck profile on the 1963 and 1964 models make them more desirable to players than the 1965 through 1969 iterations, when the neck became smaller. While Epiphone’s Sixties models are often considered “budget” alternatives to Gibson models, in this case the Excellente was actually an equal counterpart of Gibson’s Hummingbird and Dove models in terms of materials, craftsmanship and style.

2006 USA Limited Edition Paul McCartney 1964 Texan

Every guitar aficionado knows the story of Paul McCartney’s 1964 Epiphone FT 79 Texan flattop acoustic guitar, heard on “Yesterday” and many other Beatles and Macca solo tracks. Subsequent use by Kurt Cobain, Noel Gallagher and other prominent rock stars have added to the model’s cachet. Some four decades down the road from Beatlemania, Gibson/Epiphone decided to create a limited edition run that faithfully replicated McCartney’s iconic 1964 Texan. 

They worked closely with Sir Paul himself on the instrument, and in 2006 issued a limited edition of 250 guitars made at Gibson’s acoustic guitar factory in Bozeman, Montana. These were right-handed guitars strung for left-handed players, and each came with a label bearing McCartney’s hand-written signature. Given their high level of craftsmanship, limited quantity and Beatles association, these instruments are prime collectibles. More accessible financially are the Japanese-made Epiphone Elitist versions of the same instrument, issued the same year, in a limited edition of 1,964.

1961–70 Casino

First introduced in 1961, the Epiphone Casino came into its own just as the British Invasion was getting underway. It would become closely identified with this pivotal era in rock history through its prominent use by both the Beatles and Rolling Stones, among many other influential guitar groups. Another great product of the Ted McCarty era at Gibson, the Casino shares many common features with Gibson’s ES-330, including its dual “dog-ear” P-90 pickups (Epiphone also offered a less-desirable single-pickup Casino) and double-cutaway, fully hollow thinline body design.

The most collectible vintage Casinos are the ones most closely associated with the Fab Four. Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison all owned sunburst Casinos, and all three were integral to the Beatles’ music. But there are subtle differences among them. McCartney’s 1962 Casino has a Bigsby tailpiece and a Gibson-style “open book” headstock; whereas Lennon and Harrison’s 1965 Casinos both have Epiphone’s “hourglass” headstock. Harrison’s guitar boasts a Bigsby, while Lennon’s came with a trapeze tailpiece. Given that Lennon and Harrison’s 1965 Casinos were used in concert, and thus photographed more often, this iteration is slightly more collectible than the 1962 model that McCartney played.

Other prominent Casino players such as Howlin’ Wolf, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher further enhance the model’s desirability and collectability.

1958–70 Sheraton

With its double-cutaway, thinline, semi-hollowbody design, the Epiphone Sheraton is a close cousin of the Gibson ES-335. However, the Sheraton is a bit flashier cosmetically than the 335, with generous amounts of binding, inlay work and distinctive block fret markers in mother of pearl, inset with abalone triangles. From 1958 through 1961, Sheratons were equipped with Epiphone’s single-coil New York pickups, white “carousel” tone and volume knobs, gold-plated metal parts and either Epiphone’s Frequensator tailpiece or a Bigsby vibrato. Sheratons from this period are the most collectible.

From 1961 onward, Sheratons became more Gibson-like, with Gibson mini humbuckers replacing the New York pickups and many other small changes. That year also saw the introduction of the rarest Sheraton finish – cherry red. Only about 73 of these were produced between 1962 and 1970, giving this finish some collectible cachet.

Blues titan John Lee Hooker was one of the most prominent Sheraton players, but the model has also been favored by Kings of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill and both Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer of Oasis.

1959–70 Wilshire

With its no-frills slab body and minimal appointments, the Epiphone Wilshire is a quintessential Sixties garage rock guitar that sat midway between the Crestwood and the Coronet in Epiphone’s Kalamazoo-era solidbody line. Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Bruce Springsteen all played Wilshires early in their careers. Originally a symmetrical double-cutaway instrument with two white P-90 pickups, the Wilshire moved to an asymmetrical dual-cutaway design in 1963, at which time the P-90s were replaced with mini humbuckers.

Like many Epiphones in this period, the Wilshire model became increasingly “Gibson-ized” as the Sixties went on. Earlier models tend to be more highly valued, especially those with the older three-and-three headstocks, which preceded the six-on-a-side “batwing” headstock design introduced in 1963.

1960–70 Coronet

A downmarket cousin of the Wilshire, the solidbody, single-pickup Epiphone Coronet has also gained value on the vintage market in the wake of the garage rock revival of the early 2000s. It was initially viewed as a poor kid’s Gibson Les Paul Junior or SG Junior, although today many consider it an equal.

First introduced in 1958, the Coronet came into sharper focus in 1960, when a black Gibson P-90 pickup replaced the Epiphone New York pickup featured on earlier models. The body got a little slimmer, the contours a little rounder and it acquired a funky, symmetrical, plastic pickguard. The cherry red finish that came in at this time also became part of the signature Coronet look. Put it all together and you’ve got a pawnshop beauty that no longer goes for pawnshop prices.

1959–70 Rivoli bass

For gearheads who came of age during the British Invasion, the Epiphone Rivoli is the epitome of bass guitar cool. It was seen in the hands of Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith on the cover of the group’s seminal guitar freak-out album, Having a Rave Up. That alone sent Sixties kids scurrying to find one of these symmetrical, sunburst, semi-hollowbody bass guitars. That very same instrument later passed into the hands of Jimmy Page, during his brief spell as the Yardbirds bassist.

On top of that, John Entwistle played a Rivoli in an early incarnation of the Who, Chas Chandler played one in the Animals, as did Ronnie Lane in the Small Faces. It was also the instrument of choice for the bassists in the Searchers, Herman’s Hermits, Jerry and the Pacemakers, Freddie and the Dreamers, and the Walker Brothers. If you’re looking for that boomy, swooping British Invasion bass sound, a vintage Rivoli should be on your wish list.

The Rivoli was originally conceived during the Ted McCarty era at Gibson/Epiphone as a more affordable version of the Gibson EB-2. It is based around the same semi-hollow design with central body block that McCarty pioneered with the ES-335 electric guitar. When a big, fat humbucker replaced the Rivoli’s original single-coil pickup in 1960, a legend was born.

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Compared with other leading manufacturers like Gibson or Martin, there seem to be more gaps and puzzles in the history of Epiphone instruments of the NY era – especially regarding production figures. Why is that? In fact, no Epiphone factory ledgers or other official production documents from the pre-1957 years are known to have survived. Therefore no reliable production numbers are available for any of the original Epiphone models. To this day, Epiphone’s serial number systems and the rationale behind them still bear some mysteries. The production year of an Epiphone instrument can be only approximately derived from its serial number.” (Wiedler)

ARCHTOP PRODUCTION TOTALS
In 1931/’32 Epiphone started the Masterbilt line-up with seven acoustic archtop models (see picture below). “All models were guaranteed for the life of the instrument.” see guarantee. Wiedler estimates that Epiphone produced over these years a total of about 27.000 acoustic archtops, of which now roughly 2000 six-string and 100 four-string archtops are registered. For the production of cutaway models see: close-up 41. Wiedler’s research so far suggests the following production years for the models:

Blackstone (1932-1949), Broadway (1931-1954), Byron (1949-1953), De Luxe (1931-1955), Devon (1949-1956), Emperor (1935-1955), Olympic (1932-1944), Ritz (1940-1944), Royal (1932-1933), Spartan (1934-1949),Triumph (1931-1955), Tudor (1934-1935), Zenith (1931-1954).

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For the earliest Epiphone models (< SN 5400) see :Reconstructing the 1931 Masterbilt model lineup . For a chronology of Epiphone instruments see: timeline 1931-1956

NOTE: Epiphone named their archtops Masterbilt. However, the Long Island labels read Masterbuilt.

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For a brief and humorous introduction to the model names of the Masterbilt series, it is best to quote Epiphone historian Walter Carter :

Model specs 6-string acoustic archtops: Epiphone models 1930–1956

TENOR / PLECTRUM GUITARS :
In addition to the six-string Masterbilt archtop line, Epiphone offered as special order items six Tenor versions as companion instruments, which “can be had in Plectrum Guitar on order at no extra charge.” See : Masterbilt tenor guitars. The Tenor usually had a scale length of 23 inches, whereas the Plectrum had a scale length of 26 inches. Up until 1937 the tenors bore different names from their companions, but from 1937 on they carried the same name as their companion with the designation “tenor”. (Fisch & Fred, pp. 106-107). See also :Olympic Plectrum sn 16243 For more information on Tenor guitars in general see :Tenorguitar.com

Model specs 4-string acoustic archtops: Epiphone models 1930–1956

OTHER EPIPHONE MADE BRANDS :
By the mid 1930’s Epiphone also produced some archtop guitars under the brand names Howard (≠ Howard Roberts) and Sorrentino (≠ Sorrento). Aside from these two brands, there is also evidence of an Ideal and an Apollo. (F&F pp. 24, 92, 105, 259, 260)

Apollo sold in  the UK (courtesy www.guitarhq.com)

Catalog 1932 : Masterbilt quality statement            Catalog 1939 : A day at the factory

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When did the Epiphone archtop guitar come out?

1931 - Epiphone introduces a full line of f-hole archtop guitars (12 models in all), with the top models (the DeLuxe, Broadway and Triumph) becoming familiar Epi model names for the next 40 years. 1935 - As the latest blow in the long-running competition with Gibson, Epiphone launches the Emperor.

What are all the models of the Epiphone?

Serial Numbers Picture Gallery, Epiphone section Model Information: Archtop (full depth) Hollowbody Models Emperor, Emperor Regent, Zephyr Emperor Regent archtops Deluxe, Deluxe Regent, Zephyr Deluxe, Zephyr Deluxe Regent (and Empire) archtops Zephyr, Zephyr Regent archtops Broadway (and Bretton) archtop Triumph (and Hollywood) archtop

What was the top of the line Epiphone electric guitar?

Designed to compete with Gibson’s ES-5, The Zephyr Emperor Regent was Epiphone’s top-of-the-line archtop electric guitar during the Fifties. Like the ES-5, this model is a three-pickup guitar, but pickup combinations on the Zephyr Emperor Regent are accessed via a row of six push-buttons located on the body’s lower treble bout.

What kind of headstock does Epiphone archtop have?

It’s far more ornate than the L-5 or any other Gibson archtop of the era, with a generous amount of binding, fan or cloud fretboard inlays, and Epiphone’s iconic “tree of life” headstock inlay.

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Models epiphone archtop

Model:BlackstoneFirst made: 1932Last made: 1949Designation: 1932: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on labelBody size:1932: 14¾" wide; 19¼" long (Grand Concert)
1934: 15½" wide; 19¼" long (Auditorium)
1935: 15¼" wide; 20¼" long (Long Auditorium)
1936: 16⅜" wide; 20¼" long (Grand Auditorium)4-string:1936: Blackstone Tenor / Blackstone PlectrumFinish:1932: black
1933: sunburst top (1933–34 only: sunburst semi-opaque top)
1935: sunburst top + back
1940: blond finish optional
1943–44 only: sunburst opaque top / ivory opaque topHeadstock:1932: rounded peak; black banners on white pearloid
1932 (later): rounded peak; white banners on black plastic
1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners on black plastic, later: lighter font (some: marbled plastic)
1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, exclamation point
1934 (later): rounded peak; block letter logo, stickpin
1935: rounded peak; script logo, diamond
1939: center dip; script logo, diamond (pearl)
1945: center dip; script logo, diamond (celluloid)
1947: center dip; script logo, notched oval (pearl)Plating:nickel Tuners:1932: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
1935: single Waverly clipped, plastic buttons
1936: single Waverly clipped wide, plastic buttons
1937: single Grover pointed 6:1, plastic buttons
1939: single Grover pointed 12:1, plastic buttons
1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
1941: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1943: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1946: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons, hex bushingsNeck:1932: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
1933: mahogany, no centerstripe
1940: cherry (1944–45 only: gold sparkle heelcap)
1946: maple (1946–48 only: tortoise plastic heelcap)Fretboard:rosewood, bound (earliest: unbound)
1932: dot, 4 positions (2 dots fret 7)
1935: parallelogram, 4 positions
1936: parallelogram, 5 positions
1936 (later): parallelogram, 6 positions
1942: parallelogram (reversed), 6 positionsPickguard:1932: black plastic, short
1939: tortoise plastic, long Tailpiece:1932: trapeze (1943–47 only: with rosewood bar)
(UK only, late 1930s: Frequensator)Soundholes:1932: segmented
1935: cello styleTop:spruce, carved; single bindingBack/sides:1932: maple, pressed laminate, single binding
1934: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding
1935: maple, pressed laminate, single bindingPrice: 1932: sb $70
1933: sb $75
1940: sb/bl $79.50/$87.25
1941 Oct: sb/bl $87.50/$96
1946: sb/bl $100/$110
1947: sb/bl $110/$125

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Blackstone 57218



Model:BroadwayFirst made: 1931Last made: 1954Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on labelBody size:1931: 16⅜" wide; 20¼" long (Auditorium)
1936: 17⅜" wide; 20¾" long (Large)4-string:
1936: Broadway Tenor / Broadway PlectrumCutaway:1949: Broadway Cutaway (1950: Broadway Regent)Finish:1931: sunburst (1933–34 only: sunburst semi-opaque top)
1940: blond finish optional
1942–44 only: sunburst opaque top
Headstock:1931: asymmetrical; pearl banners+lily
1933: asymmetrical; pearl banners (no lily)
1934: asymmetrical; block letter logo, vine 
1935: asymmetrical; script logo, vine
1939: center dip; script logo, vine 
1941: center dip; script logo, simpler vine
1950: center dip; script logo, dogwood flower Plating:1931: nickel
1934: gold Tuners:1931: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1936: single Grover pointed 6:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushingsNeck:1931: maple, 3 centerstripes
1933: mahogany, 3 centerstripes
1940: cherry, 3 centerstripesFretboard:rosewood, bound
1931: star, 6 positions
1933: block wide, 6 positions
1934: block, 5 positions
1936: block, 7 positionsPickguard:1931: black plastic, short
1934: black plastic, short, single binding
1936: tortoise plastic, long, single binding (1949: with E logo)Tailpiece1931: trapeze
1936: large "compensating" 
1937: FrequensatorSoundholes:1931: segmented
1935: cello style
1949: modern styleTop:spruce, carved; triple bindingBack/sides:1931: walnut, pressed laminate, triple binding
1932: walnut, carved back, triple binding
1939: maple, carved back, triple bindingPrice:1932: sb $175
1940: sb/bl $175/$200
1941 Oct: sb/bl $195/$220
1946: sb/bl $225/$250
1948: sb/bl $225/$250; cutaway sb/bl $290/$315
1949: sb/bl $250/$275; cutaway sb/bl $295/$320
1950: sb/bl $270/$295; cutaway sb/bl $315/$335
1953: sb/bl $290/$315; cutaway sb/bl $335/$355

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Model:ByronFirst made: 1949Last made: 1953Designation:model + SN on labelBody size:15¼" wide; 19¼" long (Auditorium)Finish:sunburst topHeadstock:1949: center dip; script logo with tail decal
1953: center dip; metal Epiphone logo platePlating:nickel Tuners:strip Waverly square, plastic buttons, hex bushings
Neck:mahogany (some: cherry), 1 centerstripeFretboard:rosewood, unbound
dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)Pickguard:tortoise plastic, long, E logoTailpiece:trapezeSoundholes:modern styleTop:spruce, carved; single binding Back/sides:mahogany, pressed laminate, single bindingPrice:1949: sb $70
1950: sb $80

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Byron 59479Byron 65409



Model:DeLuxeFirst made: 1931Last made: 1955Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on labelBody size:1931: 16⅜" wide; 20¼" long (Grand Auditorium)
1935: 17⅜" wide; 20¾" long (Large)
1949: 18½" wide; 21¾" long (Emperor)
1951: 17⅜" wide; 20¾" long (Large)Cutaway:1940 only: Soloist DeLuxe (1 example documented)1949: DeLuxe Regent (some early: DeLuxe Cutaway)
1955: DeLuxe CutawayFinish:1931: sunburst (1933–34 only: sunburst semi-opaque top)
1938: blond finish optionalHeadstock:1931: asymmetrical, volute; pearl banners+lily, blossom branch
1934: asymmetrical, volute; block letter logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves)
1935: asymmetrical, no volute; back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves)
1938: center dip; no back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves)
1940: center dip; script logo, blossom branch (8 veined leaves)
1945: center dip; script logo, blossom branch (8 plain leaves)
1955 some: center dip; script logo, dogwood flowerPlating:gold Tuners:1931: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1934: single Grover clipped, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1936: single Grover pointed 6:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushingsNeck:maple, 3 centerstripes; (1935: rounded heel)Fretboard:rosewood, bound
1931: triangle/diamond, 7 positions
1934: flower, 7 positions
1935: fan, 7 position
1935 (later): cloud (segmented), 7 positions
1945: cloud (plain), 7 positionsPickguard:1931: black plastic, short, white binding
1934: white plastic, short, black binding
1935: tortoise plastic, long with hump, triple binding (1949: with E logo)Tailpiece1931: trapeze
1935: large "compensating" (early: arrow shape)
1937: FrequensatorSoundholes:1931: segmented
1935: cello style, unbound / 17⅜" model: bound
1949: modern style, bound (18½" model: unbound)Top:spruce, carved;
1931: quadruple binding, block purfling
1935: quintuple bindingBack/sides:maple, carved back;
1931: triple binding;
1935: quintuple bindingPrice:1932: sb $275
1939: sb/bl $275
1941 Oct: sb/bl $305/$315
1946: sb/bl $350/$360
1948: sb/bl $350/$360; cutaway/conc sb/bl $400/$410
1949: sb/bl $350/$375; cutaway sb/bl $400/$425
1950: sb/bl $370/$395; cutaway sb/bl $420/$445
1953: sb/bl $410/$425; cutaway sb/bl $465/$480
1954: sb/bl $430/$450; cutaway sb/bl $485/$505

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DeLuxe Cutaway 58823DeLuxe 60956DeLuxe Regent 62726
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DeLuxe Cutaway 69133DeLuxe Cutaway 69134


Model:DevonFirst made: 1949Last made: 1956Designationmodel + SN on labelBody size:17⅜" wide; 20¾" long (Large)Finish:1949: sunburst top 
1951: blond finish optionalHeadstock:1949: center dip; script logo, notched oval
1955: center dip; Epiphone logo platePlating:nickel Tuners:1949: single Waverly yoda head, metal buttons, hex bushings
1953: single Waverly bell-end, metal buttons, hex bushings Neck:mahogany (some: cherry), 1 centerstripeFretboard:rosewood, bound
oval, 6 positionsPickguard:tortoise plastic, long, E logoTailpiece:FrequensatorSoundholes:modern style (earliest examples: cello style)Top:spruce, carved; triple bindingBack/sides:1949: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding
1951: maple, pressed laminate, single bindingPrice:
1949: sb $130
1950: sb $140
1953: sb/bl $155/$170
1954: sb/bl $170/$185


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Devon 59599Devon 65374Devon 69603



Model:EmperorFirst made: 1935Last made: 1955Designation:model + SN on labelBody size:18½" wide; 21¾" long (Emperor)Cutaway:1940 only: Soloist Emperor (3 examples documented)
1949: Emperor Regent (1954: Emperor Cutaway)
Finish:1935: sunburst
1938: blond finish optionalHeadstock:1935: asymmetrical, clipped; back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves), large triangle
1939: center dip, clipped; back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (10 veined leaves), large triangle
1939 (later): center dip, clipped; back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (8 veined leaves), small triangle
1941: center dip, clipped; no back veneer; script logo, blossom branch (8 veined leaves), no triangle
1945: center dip, clipped; script logo, blossom branch
(8 plain leaves)Plating:gold Tuners:1936: single Grover pointed 6:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushings
1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushingsNeck:maple, 5 centerstripes, rounded heelFretboard:ebony (early examples) or rosewood, single binding
1935: split v-block, 7 positions
1946: pearl+abalone v-block, 7 positions Pickguard:tortoise plastic, long with hump, triple binding (1949: with E logo)Tailpiece1935: large "compensating" (early: arrow shape)
1937: FrequensatorSoundholes:1935: cello style, triple binding
1949 Emperor Concert: trapezoid, triple binding

1949: modern style, triple bindingTop:spruce, carved; multiple bindingBack/sides:maple, carved back, multiple bindingPrice:1935: sb $400 (case incl)
1939: sb/bl $400 (case incl)
1941 Oct: sb/bl $440/$450 (case incl)
1942: sb/bl $350/$360 (case extra)
1946: sb/bl $400/$410
1948: sb/bl $400/$410; cutaway/conc sb/bl $450/$460
1949: sb/bl $400/$425; cutaway sb/bl $$450/475
1950: sb/bl $420/$445; cutaway sb/bl $470/$495
1953: sb/bl $470/$495; cutaway sb/bl $520/$545
1954: sb/bl $490/$515; cutaway sb/bl $540/$565

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Model: OlympicFirst made: 1931Last made: 1944Designation: 1931: no model designation, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on labelBody size: 1931: 13⅝" wide; 19" long (Concert)
1935: 14¾" wide; 19¼" long (Grand Concert)
1936: 15¼" wide; 19¼" long (Auditorium)4-string: 1935: Olympic Tenor / Olympic PlectrumFinish:1931: natural top
1932: sunburst top (1933–34 only: sunburst semi– opaque top)
1943: sunburst opaque topHeadstock:1931: curved; black plastic veneer; logo stamp on back
1932: curved; wood; some: logo stamp on back or front
1933: curved; marbled celluloid, Masterbilt banner decal
1934: curved; stained wood, Masterbilt banner decal
1936: curved; wood, script logo with tail decal
1939: center dip; script logo (pearl)
1943: center dip; script logo (celluloid)Plating:nickelTuners:1931: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
1940: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
1943: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttonsNeck:1931: mahogany
1940: cherryFretboard:rosewood, no binding
1931: dot, 4 positions; flat (1933: radiused)
1936: dot, 5 positionsPickguard:1931: black plastic, short
1940: tortoise plastic, longTailpiece:trapeze (1943-44: rosewood bar)
(UK only, late 1930s: Frequensator)Soundholes:1931: segmented
1935: cello styleTop:spruce, carved (earliest: flat top)
1931: no binding
1933: black binding
1935: white bindingBack/sides: mahogany, pressed laminate (binding like top)Price:
1932: $30
1933: $35
1940: $39.50
1941 Oct: $43.50


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Model:Ritz
First made: 1940Last made: 1944Designation: model + SN on labelBody size:15¼" wide; 19¼" long (Auditorium)Finish:1940: blond
1942: ivory opaque topHeadstock:1940: center dip; script logo (pearl)
1943: center dip; script logo (celluloid)Plating:nickel Tuners:1940: strip Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons
1943: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttonsNeck:cherry; heelcap white or tortoise plasticFretboard:rosewood, unbound
dot, 5 positionsPickguard:tortoise plastic, longTailpiece:trapeze (1943–44: with rosewood bar)Soundholes:cello styleTop:spruce; tortoise plastic bindingBack/sides:maple, pressed laminate, tortoise plastic bindingPrice: 1940: $47.50
1941 Oct: $52.50

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Ritz 17071Ritz 20044


Model:RoyalFirst made: 1931Last made: 1934Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on labelBody size:15½" wide; 19¼" long (Auditorium)Finish:sunburst (1933–34 only: sunburst semi-opaque top)Headstock:
1931: rounded peak; white banners
1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners 
1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, fleur-de-lis Plating:nickel Tuners:strip Waverly square, plastic buttonsNeck:mahogany, 3 centerstripesFretboard:rosewood, single binding
dot, 5 positions (2 dots fret 7+12)Pickguard:black plastic, shortTailpiece:trapezeSoundholes:segmentedTop:spruce, carved; single bindingBack/sides:1931: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding
1933: walnut, pressed laminate, single bindingPrice: 1932: $85
1933: $95


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Royal 5721Royal 6904Olympic 6829


Model:SpartanFirst made: 1934Last made: 1949Designation: model + SN on label; (1935 only: f-hole version named Spartan Special)Body size:16⅜" wide; 20¼" long (Grand Auditorium)4-string: 1936: Spartan Tenor / Spartan PlectrumFinish:1934: sunburst semi-opaque top
1934 (later): sunburst top

1940: blond finish optional
1943–45 only: sunburst opaque topHeadstock:1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, exclamation point
1934 (later): rounded peak; block letter logo, column
1935: rounded peak; script logo, column
1939: center dip; script logo, column (pearl)
1945: center dip; script logo column (celluloid)
1948: center dip; script logo, coat of arms (pearl)Plating:nickel Tuners:1934: single Grover clipped, oval metal buttons, round bushings
1935: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1937: single Waverly clipped wide, plastic buttons, round bushings
1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushings
1945: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1946: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1947: single Waverly yoda head, metal buttons, hex bushingsNeck:1934: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
1940: cherry (1946 some: maple; 1946–47 only: tortoise plastic heelcap)Fretboard:rosewood, single binding
1934: dot, 5 positions (2 dots fret 7+12)
1935: slotted block, 5 positions
1936: slotted block, 6 positionsPickguard:1934: black plastic, short
1939: tortoise plastic, longTailpiece:1934: trapeze (1943–44: with rosewood bar)
(UK only, late 1930s: Frequensator)
1949: FrequensatorSoundholes:1934: round (two tonebars)
1935: cello style
1949: modern styleTop:spruce, carved; single binding (1945–49 some: triple binding)Back/sides:1934: maple, carved or pressed back, single binding
1935: mahogany, pressed laminate, single binding
1935 (later): walnut, pressed laminate, single binding
1936: walnut, carved back, single binding
1940, blond finish version: primavera, carved back, single binding
1947 only: maple, carved back, single bindingPrice:1934: sb $100
1940: sb/bl $100/$110
1941 Oct: sb/bl $110/$120
1946: sb/bl $125/$135
1947: sb/bl $135/$150

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Model:TriumphFirst made: 1931Last made: 1955Designation: 1931: model on headstock; SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on labelBody size:1931: 15½" wide; 19¼" long (Auditorium)
1933: 16⅜" wide; 20¼" long (Grand Auditorium)
1936: 17⅜" wide; 20¾" long (Large)4-string: 1935: Triumph Tenor / Triumph PlectrumCutaway:1949: Triumph Regent (some early: Triumph Cutaway)Finish:1931: sunburst (1933–34 only: sunburst semi-opaque top, dark back)
1940: blond finish optional (some: ivory opaque)
1944–45 only: ivory opaque top / sunburst opaque top Headstock:1931: asymmetrical; pearl banners
1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners; later: lighter font
1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, fleur-de-lis
1935: rounded peak; script logo, fleur-de-lis
1939: center dip; script logo, short fleur-de-lis (pearl)
1945: center dip; script logo, short fleur-de-lis  (celluloid)
1947: center dip; script logo, shield (pearl)Plating:nickel Tuners:1931: single Waverly clipped, metal buttons, round bushings
1936: single Waverly clipped wide, metal buttons, round bushings
1937: single Grover pointed 6:1, oval metal buttons, hex bushings
1938: single Grover pointed 12:1, oval metal buttons, hex bushings
1939: single Kluson screwed gear, metal buttons, round/hex bushings
1939 (later): single Waverly yoda head, metal buttons, hex bushings
1940: single E-logo enclosed, plastic buttons, round bushingsNeck:1931: maple, 3 centerstripes
1933: mahogany, 3 centerstripes
1940: cherry, 3 centerstripes
1946: maple, 3 centerstripes Fretboard:rosewood, single binding
1931: zigzag paired diamonds, 6 positions
1933: dot, 5 positions (2 dots fret 7+12)
1934: engraved diamond, 5 positions
1936: diamond, 6 positionsPickguard:1931: black plastic, short
1936: tortoise plastic, long, single binding (1949: with E logo)Tailpiece:1931: trapeze
1936: large "compensating" 
1937: FrequensatorSoundholes:1931: segmented
1935: cello style
1949: modern styleTop:spruce, carved; triple binding (1933–35: single binding)Back/sides:1931: walnut, pressed back, single binding
1934: maple, carved back, single bindingPrice:1932: sb $125
1940: sb/bl $125/$135
1941 Oct: sb/bl $140/$150
1946: sb/bl $160/$170
1948: sb/bl $165/$180
1949: sb/bl $165/$180; cutaway sb/bl $190/$210
1950: sb/bl $175/$190; cutaway sb/bl $205/$225
1953: sb/bl $195/$210; cutaway sb/bl $220/$235
1954: sb/bl $210/$230; cutaway sb/bl $240/$260

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Model:TudorFirst made: 1934Last made: 1935Designation: model + SN on labelBody size:16⅜" wide; 20¼" long (Grand Auditorium)Finish:sunburst (1934 only: sunburst semi-opaque top)Headstock:1934: asymmetrical; block letter logo, vine
1935: asymmetrical; script logo, vine Plating:gold Tuners:single Grover clipped, scalloped metal buttons, hex bushingsNeck:maple, 3 centerstripesFretboard:rosewood, single binding
1934: triangle/diamond, 6 positions
1935: triangle/diamond, 5 positionsPickguard:black plastic, short, single bindingTailpiecetrapezeSoundholes:1934: segmented
1935: cello styleTop:spruce, carved; triple bindingBack/sides:maple, carved back, triple bindingPrice:1934: $225

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Tudor 7453


Model:ZenithFirst made: 1931Last made: 1954Designation: 1931: model on headstock, SN stamped inside body
1934: model + SN on labelBody size:1931: 13⅝" wide; 19" long (Concert)
1934: 14¾" wide; 19¼" long (Grand Concert)
1935: 15¼" wide; 19¼" long (Auditorium)
1936: 16⅜" wide; 20¼" long (Grand Auditorium)4-string: 1936: Zenith Tenor / Zenith PlectrumFinish:1931: sunburst top (1933–34 only: sunburst semi-opaque top)
1943–45 only: sunburst opaque top
1949: blond finish optionalHeadstock:1931: rounded peak; white banners
1933: rounded peak; engraved gothic script banners; later: lighter font
1934: rounded peak; block letter logo, exclamation point
1934 (later): rounded peak; block letter logo, stickpin
1935: rounded peak; script logo, stickpin
1939: center dip; script logo, stickpin (pearl)
1945: center dip; script logo, stickpin (celluloid)
1948: center dip; script logo, cartouche (pearl)Plating:nickel Tuners:1931: strip Waverly square, plastic buttons
1934: single Grover clipped, plastic buttons
1937: single Waverly clipped wide, plastic buttons
1937: single Grover pointed 6:1, plastic buttons
1939: single Grover pointed 12:1, plastic buttons
1940: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons
1943: single Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1943: strip Kluson riveted gear, plastic buttons
1948: single Waverly yoda head, plastic buttons, hex bushings
1952: single Waverly bell-end, plastic buttons, hex bushings Neck:1932: mahogany, 1 centerstripe
1940: cherry (1944–45: gold sparkle heelcap)Fretboard:rosewood, no binding
1931: dot, 4 positions (2 dots fret 7)
1936: dot, 5 positions (2 dots fret 7)
1948: dot, 6 positions (2 dots fret 12)Pickguard:1931: black plastic, short
1939: tortoise plastic, long (1949: with E logo)Tailpiece:trapeze (1943–46: with rosewood bar)
(UK only, late 1930s: Frequensator)Soundholes:1931: segmented
1935: cello style
1949: modern styleTop:spruce, carved (earliest: brace-arched); single binding Back/sides:1931 maple, pressed laminate, single binding
1933: walnut, pressed laminate, single binding
1949: maple, pressed laminate, single bindingPrice:
1932: sb $50
1940: sb $59.50
1941 Oct: sb $66
1946: sb $75
1947: sb $85
1949: sb/bl $85/$110
1950: sb $95
1953: sb/bl $110/$125
1954: sb/bl $125/$140

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1959 Gibson-made Epiphone
Emperor Zephyr Regent

Epiphone Emperor (acoustic), Zephyr Emperor Regent (electric) archtops.
Collectibility Rating: Acoustic Cutaway model: A, Electric Cutaway model: C, Acoustic Non-Cutaway model: B.
On-par with Gibson's Super 400, but not nearly as collectible because the Epi name just doesn't have the collectibility Gibson has.

    18 1/2" wide, maple back and sides, 7 ply binding on top and back, 3 ply binding on F-holes, single bound fingerboard with 2 white lines inlaid along edges, triple bound peghead, vine peghead inlay, gold plated parts.

    1936 Emperor introduction specs:

    • elongated pickguard.
    • 3 segment "V" block pearl fingerboard inlay.
    • Sunburst finish.
    • Treble side dip on peghead.
    • Ebony fingerboard.

    1939 Emperor specs:

    • Frequensator tailpiece.
    • Abalone wedge in 3 segment "V" block fingerboard inlay.
    • Natural finish optional.
    • Center dip peghead.

    1950 Emperor, Emperor Regent specs:
    • Rosewood fingerboard.
    • Cutaway (Regent) optional.
1952 Epiphone Emperor Zephyr Regent
with selector switches

1952 Zephyr Emperor Regent specs:

  • Zephyr Emperior Regent (cutaway) model available with 3 New York pickups, 2 knobs, control plate with 6 small pushbuttons.
    1954 Emperor Electric specs:
    • Zephyr Emperior Regent model renamed Emperior Electric.
    • Non-cutaway acoustic model discontinued.

    1958 Emperor Electric specs:

    • Gibson made.
    • Acoustic model discontinued.
    • Thinbody.
    • 3 New York pickups.
    • Control plate with push buttons discontinued.
    • 4 knobs and a 3-way switch added.
    • Stairstep Grover tuner buttons.

    1961 Emperor Electric specs:

    • 3 Mini-humbucking pickups.
    • Available special order only: 1963.

    Discontinued 1970 (later available in Japanese-made line).

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1951 Epiphone Deluxe Zephyr Regent
51 Zeph Dlx

Epiphone Deluxe (acoustic), Zephyr Deluxe (electric), Zephyr Deluxe Regent archtops.
Collectibility Rating: Acoustic Cutaway model: B+, Electric Cutaway model: C-, Acoustic Non-Cutaway model: C+.
On-par with Gibson's L-5, but not nearly as collectible because the Epi name just doesn't have the collectibility Gibson has. The Empire is the tenor version of the Deluxe and was available from 1931 to 1939.

    16 3/8" wide, maple back and sides, 3 ply binding on top and back, single bound fingerboard, bound peghead, gold plated parts.

    1931 Deluxe introduction specs:

    • Diamonds and triangle fingerboard inlay.
    • 3 segment F-holes.
    • Masterbilt peghead with flowers.
    • Tenor version available called theEmpire (discontinued 1939).

    1934 Deluxe specs:

    • Foral and notched diamond fingerboard inlays.
    • White pickguard.
    • Vine peghead inlay.

    1937 Deluxe specs:
    • 17 3/8" wide body.
    • Dark pickguard extends below bridge.
    • Standard bound F-holes.
    • Cloud fingerboard inlay.

    1939 Deluxe specs:

    • Frequensator tailpiece.
    • Natural finish optional.
    • Center dip peghead.

    1941 Zephyr Deluxe specs:

    • Electric (Zephyr) version available: 1 pickup in bridge position, volume and tone control on 1 shaft with circular "MasterVoicer" control plate.

    1950 Deluxe, Zephyr Deluxe, Zephyr Deluxe Regent specs:

    • Cutaway version (Regent) available.
    • Laminated maple or spruce top or electric versions.
    • New York style pickup(s) on Zephyr Deluxe.
    • Single pickup Zephyr Deluxe has pickup in neck position.
    • Two pickups available with slotted Strat-style switch.
    • Two knobs mounted on circular "MasterVoicer" control plate.
    • Rosewood fingerboard.
    • Some with Emperor style pearl/abalone V-block fingerboard inlays.

    1951 Zephyr Deluxe, Zephyr Deluxe Regent specs:

    • Knobs in line parallel to strings.
    • "MasterVoicer" control plate discontinued.

    1954 Deluxe Electric specs:

    • Non-cutaway electric model discontinued.
    • Zephyr Deluxe Regent (cutaway) version renamed Deluxe Electric.
    • Knobs in line that crosses strings.

    1958 Deluxe specs:

    • Gibson made.
    • Deluxe Electric (Zephyr Deluxe) and acoustic non-cutaway models dropped, leaving only the acoustic cutaway model available.

    1965 Deluxe specs:

    • Available by special order only.

    Deluxe Discontinued 1970.

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1951 Epiphone Zephyr Regent.

1961 Epiphone Zephyr Natural E311TN thinline with Gibson mini-humbuckers.

Epiphone Zephyr, Zephyr Regent, Zephyr Electric archtops.
Collectibility Rating: Electric Cutaway model: D+, Electric Non-Cutaway model: D-.
Electric Epi's have little collectibility because of their plywood construction.

    Maple veneer body, slotted-block fingerboard inlay, nickel plated parts, metal peghead logo plate.

    1939 Zephyr introduction specs:

    • 16 3/8" wide body, non-cutaway.
    • 1 pickup with oblong housing and metal cover in bridge position.
    • Multiple bound top, single bound top and fingerboard.
    • Blond finish.

    1942 Zephyr specs:

    • Pickup in middle position.
    • Single bound top.

    1950 Zephyr and Zephyr Regent specs:

    • 17 3/8" wide body with laminated spruce or maple top.
    • Frequensator tailpiece.
    • 1 New York pickup in neck position.
    • Sunburst or blond finish.
    • Available with cutaway (Zephyr Regent).

    1953 Zephyr and Zephyr Regent specs:

    • Avaliable with DeArmond pickup.

    1954 Zephyr Electric specs:

    • Rename Zephyr Electric (for both non-cutaway and cutaway models).

    1958 Zephyr Electric specs:

    • Acoustic model dropped.
    • Gibson-made thinbody with rounded cutaway.
    • 2 New York pickups.
    • Unbound tortoise pickguard.

    1961 Zephyr Electric specs:

    • Mini-humbucker pickups replace New York pickups.

    Zephyr Discontinued 1964.

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1959 Gibson-made Epiphone Century.
Melita bridge is not original.

Epiphone Century electric archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D--.

    1939 Century introduction specs:
    • 16 3/8" wide, non-cutaway.
    • Blade pickup with oblong housing and metal cover/handrest in bridge position.
    • Output jack on top.
    • Single bound top, back, fingerboard.
    • Dot fingerboard inlays.
    • Metal peghead logo.
    • Walnut finish.
    • Tenor version available called theMelody (discontinued 1958).

    1942 Century specs:

    • 15 1/4" wide.
    • No handrest.
    • Jack on side.

    1946 Century specs:

    • 16 3/8" wide, non-cutaway.
    • Oblong pickup with fat blade in neck position.
    • Square control plate with radial markings.
    • Unbound fingerboard.

    1950 Century specs:

    • Large rectangular pickup with non-adjusting poles.
    • Some Century's with New York pickup.
    • Highlighted mahogany finish.

    1954 Century specs:

    • Blond finish available.
    • Rectangular black pickup housing with oblong chrome plates.
    • Some Century's with New York pickup.

    1958 Century specs:

    • Gibson made.
    • 16 3/8" wide non-cutaway thin body.
    • 1 New York pickup.
    • 25 1/2" scale.
    • Sunburst finish.

    1960 Century specs:

    • P90 pickup replaces New York pickup.

    1961 Century specs:

    • No peghead plate.
    • Royal Burgundy finish available.
    Discontinued 1970 (later available in Japanese-made line).

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1934 Epiphone Tudor.

Epiphone Tudor acoustic archtop.
Collectibility Rating: C.

    16 3/8" wide, trapeze tailpiece, triple bound top and back, single bound fingerboard, floral and notched diamond fingerboard inlay, Masterbilt peghead, gold plated parts.

    1931 Tudor introduction.
    1934 Tudor specs: Maple back and sides, bound pickguard, block letter logo, wandering ving peghead inlay, unbound peghead.
    1937 Tudor discontinued.

 

 

 

 

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1954 Epiphone Broadway Zephyr Regent.

Epiphone Broadway acoustic and electric archtop.
Collectibility Rating: Acoustic Cutaway model: C, Acoustic Non-Cutaway model: D+, Gibson-made Electric Cutaway model: C.

    16 3/8" wide, 25.5" scale, walnut back and sides, 3 ply binding on top and back, single bound fingerboard, bound peghead. The Bretton is the tenor version of the Broadway, and was available from 1931 to 1954 (renamed Broadway Tenor in 1937).

    1931 Broadway introduction specs:

    • 3 segment F-holes.
    • Ebony fingerboard.
    • Masterbilt peghead with flowers.
    • Tenor version available called the Bretton (discontinued 1937).

    1934 Broadway specs:

    • Large block fingerboard inlays.
    • Gold plated parts.
    • Unbound peghead.
    • Wandering vine peghead inlay.

    1937 Broadway specs:

    • 17 3/8" wide non-cutaway body.
    • Pickguard extends even with bridge.
    • Standard F-holes.
    • Multiple bound peghead.

    1939 Broadway specs:

    • Frequensator tailpiece.
    • Maple back and sides.
    • Center dip peghead.

    1941 Broadway specs:

    • Natural finish available.
    • Flower peghead inlay.

    1951 Broadway specs:

    • Cutaway version (Regent) available.
    • Fat column peghead inlay.

    1958 Broadway Electric specs:

    • Gibson made, cutaway model.
    • Acoustic model discontinued.
    • 2 New York pickups.

    1961 Broadway Electric specs:

    • 2 Mini-humbucking pickups.
    • Tunematic bridge.

    Broadway Discontinued 1970.

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1953 Epiphone Triumph Regent. Picture from Folkway Music.

Epiphone Triumph acoustic archtop.
Collectibility Rating: Cutaway model: C, Non-cutaway model: D.
The Triumph is essentially a Gibson L-7, or the poor-man's Deluxe (or L-5).

    16 3/8" wide, 25.5" scale, 3 ply binding on top and back, sunburst finish, single bound fingerboard, bound peghead, gold plated parts. Note: only interested in cutaway (Regent) version. The Hollywood is the Tenor version of the Truimph, and was available from 1934 to 1956 (renamed Truimph Tenor in 1937).

    1931 Triumph introduction specs:

    • Walnut back and sides.
    • Paired diamond fingerboard inlays.
    • Masterbilt peghead.
    • Tenor version available called the Royal (discontinued 1935).

    1934 Triumph specs:

    • Maple back and sides.
    • Notched diamond fingerboard inlays.
    • Floral ornament with fleur-de-lis design at top inlaid on peghead.
    • Block letter logo.
    • Script logo in 1935.

    1937 Triumph specs:

    • 17 3/8" wide non-cutaway body.
    • Script logo.
    • Pickguard extends below bridge.
    • Standard F-holes.
    • Single bound peghead and back.

    1939 Triumph specs:

    1941 Triumph specs:

    • Natural finish available.
    • Center dip peghead.

    1949 Triumph specs:

    • Cutaway version (Regent) available.
    • Fat column peghead inlay.
    • "E" on pickguard.

    1958 Triumph specs:

    • Gibson made.
    • Non-cut model discontinued.

    Triumph Discontinued 1970.

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Epiphone Spartan archtops.
Collectibility Rating: D-.

    16 3/8" wide, nickel plated parts, bound top, back, fingerboard. Tenor version call the "Regent" from 1934 to 1937, then renamed the Spartan Tenor (tenor version discontinued 1950).

    1934 Spartan introduction specs:

    • Round sound hole.
    • Maple back and sides.
    • Dot fingerboard inlays.
    • Stickpin peghead inlay.
    • Block peghead logo.
    • Sunburst finish.
    • Tenor version available called theRegent (discontinued 1937).

    1937 Spartan specs:

    • F-holes.
    • Walnut back and sides.
    • Slotted block fingerboard inlays.
    • Greek column peghead inlay.
    • Script peghead logo.

    1941 Spartan specs:

    • Blond finish available with white mahogany wood.

    Spartan Discontinued 1950.

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Epiphone Blackstone archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D.

    1931 Blackstone introduction specs:
    • 14 3/4" wide, mahogany back and sides.
    • Round sound hole.
    • Single bound top, back, fingerboard.
    • Dot fingerboard inlays.
    • Sunburst finish.

    1933 Blackstone specs:

    • Masterbilt banner on peghead.

    1934 Blackstone specs:

    • 15 1/2" wide.
    • Block letter logo.
    • Stickpin peghead inlay.

    1937 Blackstone specs:

    • 16 3/8" wide non cutaway.
    • Maple back and sides.
    • F-holes.
    • Parallelagram fingerboard inlays.
    • Notched elongated diamond peghead inlay.
    • Script logo.
    • Tenor version available.

    1941 Blackstone specs:

    1945 Blackstone specs:

    • Abalone vertical oval peghead inlay.
    • Abalone peghead logo.

    Blackstone Discontinued 1950.

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1953 Epiphone Devon.

Epiphone Devon archtop.
Collectibility Rating: C.

1949: 17 3/8" wide carved top, 25.5" scale, frequensator tailpiece, single bound pickguard, triple bound top, oval fingerboard inlays, vertical oval peghead inlay, script Epi logo, sunburst or blond finish. Discontinued in 1953. Structurally the same as the Broadway and Triumph models.

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1933 Epiphone Royal.

Epiphone Royal archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D-.

1931: Mahogany back and sides, 3 segment "f" hole, single bound top and back and fingerboard, dot fingerboard inlays, Masterbilt peghead, sunburst finish.
1934: 15 1/2" wide, walnut back and sides, rounded peak peghead.
1935: discontinued.

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1948 Epiphone Zenith.

Epiphone Zenith archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D- (similar to an ES-125).

    1931 Zenith introduction specs:
    • 13 5/8" wide.
    • Segmented F-holes.
    • Maple back and sides.
    • Dot fingerboard inlays.
    • Single bound top and back.
    • Sunburst finish.
    • Tenor version available called theMelody (discontinued 1958).

    1934 Zenith specs:

    • 14 3/4" wide.
    • Walnut back and sides.
    • Stickpin peghead logo.
    • Block peghead logo.

    1954 Zenith specs:

    • Blond finish available.
    • Vertical oval peghead inlay.

    1958 Zenith specs:

    • Gibson made.
    • 16 3/8" wide.

    Zenith Discontinued 1970.

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1934 Epiphone Beverly.

Epiphone Beverly archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D--.

13" wide, flat top, arched back, mahogany back and sides, 3 segmented "f" holes, adjustable bridge, trapeze tailpiece, elevated pickguard, no body binding, dot fingerboard inlays, rounded top pehead, brown finish, tenor available. Introduced 1931 and discontinued in 1937.

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Epiphone Olympic archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D--.

  • 1931 Olympic specs: 13" wide, mahogany back and sides, 3 segmented "f" holes.
  • 1933 Olympic specs: 13 5/8" wide, trapeze tailpiece, rounded end fingerboard with dot inlays, rounded non-peak peghead, sunburst finish.
  • 1934 Olympic specs: decal logo with "Epiphone" on a banner and "masterbilt" underneath banner.
  • 1937 Olympic specs: 15 1/4" wide, standard "f" holes. Tenor and plectrum version available.
  • 1942 Olympic specs: script peghead logo with tail underneath.
  • 1939 Olympic specs: center dip peghead.
  • 1950 Olympic specs: discontinued.

Note in 1937-1939 Epiphone sold a model called the Apollo in England. It was very similar to the Olympic with a mahogany or birch 16" sunburst body, segmented f-holes, rectangle fingerboard inlays, "Epiphone Masterbilt" decal peghead logo, and a black pickguard. It cost less than the Olympic and had a mix of features which Jim Fisch says led to speculation it may have been produced by Regal for Epiphone.

1937 Epiphone Apollo, replaced tuners.

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Epiphone Byron archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D.

15 3/8" wide, mahogany back and sides, adjustable bridge, trapeze tailpiece, unbound elevated pickguard, single bound top and back, dot fingerboard inlays, script Epi logo with tail underneath, center dip peghead. Available about 1938 only.

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Epiphone Ritz archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D.

15 1/4" wide, maple back and sides, tortoise grain binding, trapeze tailpiece, dot fingerboard inlays, center dip pickguard, cherry neck blond finish. Tenor version available. Introduced 1941 and discontinued in 1950.

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Thinline (Gibson-made) Models

1965 Gibson-made Epiphone Sheraton.

    Epiphone Sheraton thinline semi-hollow electric archtop.
    Collectibility Rating: NY parts models: B+, Gibson parts models: C.
    With NY pickups, knobs and neck, this is a very elegant model on par with Gibson's ES-355. However, with Gibson parts it's way less collectible.

    16" wide, double round cutaways, thin semi-hollow body with solid maple block down center (like an ES-355), sunburst or blond finish, 7 layer top body binding, multiple bound neck, back, headstock, pickguard, flower headstock inlay, V-block pearl/abalone fingerboard inlay, 24 3/4" scale, Frequensator tailpiece (optional Bigsby), gold plated parts.

    1958 Sheraton introduction specs:

    1961 Sheraton specs:

    • 2 mini-humbucking pickups.
    • Vibrato standard.

    1965 Sheraton specs:

    Sheraton Discontinued 1970 (later available in Japanese-made line).
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1966 Riveria.

Epiphone Riviera thinline electric semi-hollow archtop.
Collectibility Rating: C-.
Epi's version of the ES-335, but uglier.

    16" wide, double round cutaways, thin semi-hollow body with solid maple block down center (like an ES-335), royal tan finish, bound top and back, single bound fingerboard, 24 3/4" scale, mini-humbucking pickups, Frequensator tailpiece.

    Late 1961 Riviera introduction specs:

    • oval fingerboard inlays (like a Windsor).
  • Single bound tortoise pickguard.

1961 Riviera introduction specs:

  • single parallelogram fingerboard inlays

    1965 Riviera specs:

    • Sunburst finish standard.

    1966 Riviera specs:

    • White 3-ply pickguard with beveled edges.
    • Cherry finish optional.
    1967 Riviera specs:

    Riviera Discontinued 1970 (later available in Japanese-made line).

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1961 Gibson-made Epiphone Casino, royal tan.

Epiphone Casino thinline electric fully hollow archtop.
Collectibility Rating: 2 pickup model: C+, 1 pickup model: D-.
Essentially an ES-330. The fact that the Beatles used this guitar is the key reason it has any collectibility.

    16" wide, double round cutaways, fully hollow thin body (like an ES-330), sunburst or royal tan finish, 24 3/4" scale, trapeze tailpiece (optional Bigsby), 16 frets clear of the body, single bound fingerboard, 1 P-90 pickup in middle position or 2 P-90 pickups.

    1961 Casino introduction specs:

    • Dot fingerboard inlays.
    • Black pickup covers.
    • Metal peghead Epiphone logo
    • tortoise pickguard

    1962 Casino specs:

    • Pearl inlaid Epiphone peghead logo.

    1963 Casino specs:

    • Single parallelogram fingerboard inlays.
    • Nickel plated pickup covers.
    • White pickguard.

    1965 Casino specs:

    • Chrome plated pickup covers and other parts.

    1967 Casino specs:

    Casino Discontinued 1970 (later available in Japanese-made line).

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1962 Professional.

Epiphone Professional thinline fully hollow electric archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D.
A strange bird indeed. All amp controls are on the guitar, and it requires the matching amp to be fully functional. It is usable with other amps via the 1/4" jack on the top of the guitar (to utilize the matching amp requires a special cable plugged into the guitar's multi-pin jack). There is one volume and one tone knob and 5 tone switches (giving a lot of tone variations for a one pickup guitar), which work through the 1/4" jack. The other controls on the guitar control the reverb and tremolo on the original matching amp and are as follows: one on/off switch for the reverb and one for the tremolo, one rotary knob for controlling the amount of reverb, one for controlling the amount of tremolo and one for the speed of the tremolo. So essentially the guitar is fully functional without the matching amp, aside from the treble/reverb functions. But a bit too weird for most collectors, and with the single pickup being in the neck position, this scares away most players.

    16 1/4" wide, double round cutaways, fully hollow thinbody, 1 mini-humbucking pickup, triple bound top, single bound back and fingerboard, single parallelogram fingerboard inlays, 24 3/4" scale, Frequensator tailpiece, tuneamatic bridge, royal tan or red finish. Came with a special amplifier. All amp controls on the guitar's black/white/black pickguard with 7 switches and 5 knobs. Symmetrical pickguard covered almost the whole top of the guitar.

    Introduced in 1962, discontinued 1967.

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Epiphone Caiola, Caiola Custom, Caiola Standard thinline electric fully hollow archtop.
Collectibility Rating: C-.
Essentially a fancy artist-model ES-330.

    16" wide, double round cutaways, fully hollow thin body (like an ES-330), 2 mini-humbucking pickups, ebony adjustable bridge, zero nut, no soundholes, 25 1/2" scale, trapeze tailpiece with wood center insert saying "Caiola Model", single bound fingerboard, 7-ply top and 5-ply back binding, arc-shaped control plate with 2 knobs, 5 switches and pickup selector, "Custom" at end of fingerboard, block fingerboard inlays, fat column peghead logo, brownish-red or royal tan finish.
  • Introduced 1963.
  • 1965: Tuneamatic bridge added.
  • 1966: Renamed "Caiola Custom".
  • 1966: Caiola Standard introduced with 2 P-90 pickups, single bound top, dot fingerboard inlays, no peghead ornament.
  • 1968: Walnut finish only for Caiola Custom.
  • Caiola Custom, Caiola Standard discontinued 1970.

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1961 Windor with 2 mini-humbuckers.

Epiphone Windsor thinline electric fully hollow cutaway archtop.
Collectibility Rating: 2 pickup NY part model: B, 2 pickup Gibson part model: C+, all 1 pickup models: D-.
Basically a fancier Gibson ES-125tc or ES-125tdc models, but with better pickups and better hardware. The 1961/1962 models really rock because of the PAF mini-humbuckers. The 1959/1960 models don't sound as loud and powerful, but have a more jazzy and mellow tone. This model is a personal favorite of mine.

    16 3/8" wide, single pointed cutaway, unbound tortoise pickguard, metal peghead logo, 24 3/4" scale, rosewood bridge, trapeze tailpiece, gold plated parts, oval fingerboard inlays, natural or sunburst finish.

    1959 Windsor introduction specs:

    • 1 or 2 New York pickups (1 pu models in neck position).

    1961 Windsor specs:

    • Mini Humbucking pickups.
    • No peghead plate.

    Windsor Discontinued 1962.

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A single pickup 1967 Sorrento
in Olive sunburst.

    Epiphone Sorrento thinline electric fully hollow cutaway archtop.
    Collectibility Rating: 2 pickup model: C, 1 pickup model: D-.
    Epi's version of the ES-125tc or ES-125tdc, but with mini-humbucker pickups.

    16 1/4" wide, single pointed cutaway, unbound tortoise pickguard, metal peghead logo, 24 3/4" scale, tuneamatic bridge, trapeze tailpiece, nickel plated parts, dot fingerboard inlays, vibrato optional, natural or sunburst finish.

    1960 Sorrento introduction specs:

    • 1 or 2 PAF mini-humbucking pickups (1 pu models in neck position).

    1962 Sorrento specs:

    • Oval fingerboard inlays.
    • No peghead plate.
    • 3/4 size available.
    • Vibrato discontinued.

    1968 Sorrento specs:

    Sorrento Discontinued 1970.

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1965 Gibson-made Epiphone Granada.

Epiphone Granada and Granada Cutaway thinline electric fully hollow archtop.
Collectibility Rating: D-.

    Much like a Gibson ES-120T. 16 1/4" non-cutaway, thinbody, 1 F-hole, 1 Melody Maker pickup mounted into the pickguard, rosewood bridge, trapeze tailpiece, controls mounted into pickguard, 24 3/4" scale, dot fingerboard inlays, sunburst finish.
  • Introduced 1962.
  • 1965: Granada Cutaway introduced with single sharp cutaway.
  • Granada and Granada Cutaway Discontinued 1970.
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Flat top Models

1955 Epi FT-210 Deluxe Cutaway.

Epiphone FT Deluxe and FT210 Deluxe Cutaway flat tops.
Collectibility Rating: Cutaway model: A, Non-cutaway model: B.
Has the same attributes as Epi's Deluxe archtop, but in a flat top version. The cutaway model is like a cutaway J-200; a very rare and unique model. Of all pre-1958 Epi flattops, in my opinion this is the coolest!

  • FT Deluxe specs: 16 1/2" wide, maple back and sides, pickguard, trapeze tailpiece, multiple bound top and back, maple neck, multiple bound rosewood fingerboard, cloud fingerboard inlays, vine peghead inlay, gold plated parts, sunburst or natural finish.
  • Introducted 1939. Discontinued 1942.

    FT210 Deluxe Cutaway specs: 17 3/8" wide, single round cutaway, multiple bound top and back, single bound fingerboard, cloud fingerboard inlays, flower peghead inlay, gold plated parts, natural top finish (some sunburst).

  • Introduced in early 1950's. Discontinued 1957.
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1967 Epi Excellente

    Epiphone FT120 Excellente flat top.
    Collectibility Rating: B.
    The fanciest flat top produced during this period by Gibson. Brazilian rosewood back and sides makes it collectible. 1965 to 1970 models worth less than 1963-1964 models with bigger necks. Too bad this model didn't have "slope shoulders", or it would be top in it's class (most collectors don't like Gibson's square shoulder dreadnought designs).
      Square shoulder dreadnought shape, rosewood back and sides, tune-o-matic bridge, large pointed pickguard with engraved eagle, multiple bound top, back, and ebony fingerboard, cloud fingerboard inlays, large pearl and abalone peghead inlay, single bound peghead, gold plated parts, natural top finish. Introduced in 1963. Discontinued 1970.

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1966 Gibson-made Epiphone Frontier.

Epiphone FT110 (Frontier) flat top.
Collectibility Rating: Epi-made: C-, Gibson-made: C+.

    1942-1957 New York made FT100 specs: 16" wide, arched maple back, cherry neck, multiple bound top, single bound fingerboard, slotted block fingerboard inlays, fixed bridge with compensating saddle, vertical oval peghead inlay.

    Gibson made FT110 Frontier specs: 16 1/4" wide, 25 1/2" scale, square shoulder dreadnought shape, maple back and sides, bound fingerboard, sloted block fingerboard inlays, walnut finish on back and sides, natural or sunburst top, gold plated parts.

    1958 FT110 Frontier specs:

    • Gibson made ("Frontier" added to FT110 model name).

    1962 FT110 Frontier specs:

    • Adjustable saddle bridge.
1964 Gibson-made Epiphone Frontier with rope & cactus design.
    1963 FT110 Frontier specs:
    • Large pointed pickguard with rope and cactus design.

    1966 FT110 Frontier specs:

    • Standard teardrop shape pickguard, often with slashed "C" logo.

    FT110 Discontinued 1970.

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1955 Epiphone Texan.

Epiphone FT79 (Texan) flat top.
Collectibility Rating: Epi-made: C-, Gibson-made: C.
The Gibson-made version is much like a J-45.

    16" wide, walnut back and sides, triple bound top, single bound back and peghead.

    1942 FT79 introduction specs:

    • Slotted block fingerboard inlays.
    • Stickpin peghead inlay.

    1954 FT79 specs:

    • Maple back and sides.
    • Triple bound back (some single bound).
    • Single parallelogram fingerboard inlays.
    • Vertical oval peghead inlay.
1964 Gibson-made Epiphone Texan.
    1958 FT79 Texan specs:
    • Gibson made ("Texan" added to FT79 model name).
    • Round shouldered dreadnought shape.
    • Mahogany back and sides.
    • angled side rectangle fingerboard inlays.
    • oval pearl peghead inlay.
    • Slashed "C" logo on pickguard.
    • Plastic tuner buttons.

    1962 FT79 Texan specs:

    • Adjustable saddle bridge.

    1967 FT79 Texan specs:

    • Metal tuner buttons.
    • Square shoulder body shape.

    FT79 Discontinued 1970.

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1958-1969 Solidbody
(Gibson-made) Models

Epiphone Crestwood and Crestwood Custom solidbody electric.
Collectibility Rating: NY parts model: B+, Gibson parts model: C-.

Mahogany body, 2 pickups, tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece, pickguard with slashed "C" logo, rosewood fingerboard.

1962 Crestwood Custom in Polaris White, 3+3 tuners.

    1958 Crestwood introduction specs:

    • Two New York pickups.
    • 1 3/4" thick symmetrical slab body with squared edges.
    • Square body edges.
    • Sunburst finish.
    • NY style white knobs.
    • Tunematic bridge.
    • Metal peghead logo.
    • 3 tuners on a side peghead style.
    • Asymmetrical pickguard with slashed-C logo.
    • Gold plated parts.
    • Inked serial number a la solidbody Gibsons.
    • Dot fingerboard inlays.

1964 Crestwood Custom, batwing peghead.

    Late 1959 Crestwood Custom specs:
    • Renamed Crestwood Custom.
    • 1 3/8" thick body with rounded edges.
    • Symmetrical pickguard.
    • Cherry Red finish.

    1961 Crestwood Custom specs:

    • Two mini-humbucking pickups.
    • Pearl peghead logo replaces metal plate logo.
    • Oval pearl fingerboard inlays replaced dot inlays.
    • Vibrato tailpiece standard.
    • Gibson style knobs.
    • No pickguard logo.
    • Serial number stamped into back of peghead wood a la solidbody Gibsons.

    1962 Crestwood Custom specs:

    • White finish optional.
    • Vibrato uses a rosewood insert.

    1963 Crestwood Custom specs:

    • Asymmetrical body with upper bass horn slightly longer than upper treble.
    • Asymmetrical pickguard.
    • Vibrato tailpiece optional.
    • Bound fingerboard.
    • Goofy looking "cheap amp" style barrel knobs often used.
    • 6 on a side ("batwing") tuner configuration.
    • Nickel plated parts.

    1964 Crestwood Custom specs:

    • Maestro vibrato has no rosewood insert.

    1965 Crestwood Custom specs:

    • Maestro vibrato standard.

    Crestwood Custom discontinued 1970.

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Epiphone Crestwood Deluxe solidbody electric.
Collectibility Rating: D+.

    Basically a three pickup Crestwood Custom. Asymmetrical body with bass horn slightly longer than treble, rounded body edges, 1 3/8" deep, 3 mini-humbucking pickups, tuneomatic bridge, vibrato, asymmetrical pickguard, bound ebony fingerboard, block fingerboard inlays, triple bound peghead, 6 on a side ("batwing") tuners, cherry or white finish.
  • Introduced 1963.
  • Discontinued 1969.
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1964 Wilshire with a stop tailpiece and the "cheap amp" knobs.

Epiphone Wilshire solidbody electric.
Collectibility Rating: 3+3 tuner models: C+, Batwing peghead model: D.

    1959 Wilshire introduction specs:
    • Symmetrical slab body with square body edges, 1 3/4" deep
    • 2 white soapbar P-90 pickups
    • Symmetrical pickguard
    • Tuneomatic bridge
    • NY style knobs.
    • Vibrato optional
    • Dot fingerboard inlays.
    • Unbound rosewood fingerboard.
    • Pearl peghead logo.
    • Sunburst or Cherry red finish.

    1960 Wilshire specs:

    • 1 3/8" deep body with round edges.
    • Cherry red finish.

    1961 Wilshire specs:

    • Black soapbar P-90 pickups.
    • Stop tailpiece (vibrato no longer optional).
    • Gibson style knobs.

    Mid-1962 Wilshire specs:

    • Two mini-humbuckers.
    • Maestro vibrato optional.

    1963 Wilshire specs:

    • Asymmetrical body with upper bass horn slightly longer.
    • 6 on a side ("batwing") tuner configuration.
    • Gold silkscreen Epiphone peghead logo.
    • Goofy looking "cheap amp" style barrel knobs often used.
    • From 1963 to 1969, the Wilshire and the Crestwood Custom are nearly identical, expect the Wilshire has dot fingerboard inlays, a gold peghead logo, and no fingerboard binding. Also the Wilshire is often seen with a stop tailpiece (where the Crestwood Custom almost never has this option).
    1965 Wilshire specs:
    • Red Silver Fox finish optional (Cherry red stain with yellow/silver pore filler).

    1966 Wilshire specs:

    • Stop tailpiece (vibrato no longer optional).

    Discontinued 1970.

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Epiphone Coronet solidbody electric.
Collectibility Rating: Gen1: B, Gen2: C+, Gen3: C-.

    Mahogany body, 1 pickup, combination bridge/tailpiece (like a Les Paul Junior), rosewood fingerboard, dot fingerboard inlays.

    1958-1959 Epiphone Coronet, first generation

    1958 Coronet introduction specs:

    • 1 New York pickups.
    • 1 3/4" thick symmetrical body.
    • Square body edges.
    • Sunburst or black finish.
    • NY style knobs.
    • 3+3 tuners peghead style.
    • Metal peghead logo.
    • Asymmetrical pickguard.
    • Inked serial number a la solidbody Gibsons.

    1960-1962 Epiphone Coronet, second generation.

    1960 Coronet specs:

    • Black P-90 pickup replaces New York pickup.
    • 1 3/8" thick body.
    • Rounded body edges.
    • Symmetrical pickguard.
    • Cherry finish.
    1961 Coronet specs:
    • Pearl peghead logo.
    • Gibson style knobs.
    • Serial number stamped into back of peghead wood a la solidbody Gibsons.

    1962 Coronet specs:

    1963-1969 Epiphone Coronet, third generation
    with "batwing" peghead, Silver Fox finish.

    1963 Coronet specs:

    • Asymmetrical body with upper bass horn slightly longer than upper treble.
    • 6 on a side ("batwing") tuner configuration.
    • Chrome P-90 pickup.
    • Goofy looking "cheap amp" style barrel knobs.
    • Green Silver-fox finish optional (a translucent green finish with silver pore filler).

    1964 Epiphone Dwight (Coronet) with vibrato, Green Silver Fox finish.

    1964 Epiphone Dwight specs:

    • The Coronet also came labeled as an Epiphone Dwight model. Same guitar, different branding, says "Dwight" on the truss rod cover.

    1966 Coronet specs:

    Coronet Discontinued 1970.

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1967 Olympic Double in cherry red finish,
(2 pickup) model. Note the black, narrow, Melody Maker style pickups.

    Epiphone Olympic (1 pickup), Olympic Double (2 pickups), Olympic 3/4 (1 pickup, 3/4 scale) solidbody electrics.
    Collectibility Rating: D-.
      Combination tailpiece/bridge, dot fingerboard inlays, available one or two pickups and in 3/4 scale length version, thin black Melody Maker style pickups, sunburst finish.
    • Introduced 1960. Single cutaway (like Gibson's Melody Maker), 3+3 tuner configuration.
    • 1963: Asymmetrical double cutaway body with upper bass horn slightly longer than treble horn, logo between pickups, goofy looking "cheap amp" style barrel knobs.
    • 1964: 3/4 scale length version discontinued, 6 on a side "batwing" peghead, Maestro vibrato optional.
    • 1965: vibrato standard.
    • 1966: cherry finish optoinal.
    • Discontinued 1970.
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1963 Epiphone Olympic Special.

Epiphone Olympic Special solidbody electric.
Collectibility Rating: D-.

    One Melody Maker thin black style pickup, dot fingerboard inlays, thin Melody Maker style peghead, logo reads upside down to player, sunburst finish.
  • Introduced 1962. Symmetrical body with sharper cutaway than other Epi solidbody models.
  • 1964: Maestro vibrato optional, goofy looking "cheap amp" style barrel knobs.
  • 1965: Asymmetrical body with bass horn slightly longer than treble horn (still with sharper tips than other Epi solidbody models), vibrato standard.
  • Discontinued 1970.

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