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Vintage Epiphone Guitars
Electric guitars and basses manufactured by the Epiphone Guitar Company

The Epiphone plant at 210 Bush Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan
The Gibson Kalamazoo guitar factory. Gibson occupied a whole block; their main address was Parsons Street (top), Epiphone instruments were built side by side, but the company was officially situated on Bush Street; just the other side of the block (below).
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Vintage Epiphone

The Epiphone company of New York, USA, was created by the Stathopoulos family, making various musical instruments with the first electric guitar in 1935. In many ways, it was just like rivals Guild and Gibson; a very highly respected guitar manufacturer, producing superb jazz boxes for the top end of the US market. Guitars like the Emperor and Broadway established a fine reputation, which still stands with vintage guitar collectors today. But tragedy occured, with the death of Epaminondas Stathopoulos; the driving force behind Epiphone at the time.

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Epiphone bass guitars
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Epiphone electric acoustic guitars
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Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1962 Rivoli Bass Guitar
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1967 Epiphone Rivoli- with two pickups
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Chicago Musical Instruments; the CMI-period

But perhaps the best known guitars built by Epiphone were those manufactured at the Gibson Kalamazoo plant - the CMI period. CMI bought out a struggling Epiphone in 1957, buying tooling, parts, and even unfinished instruments. Production of hollow-bodied jazz guitars and acoustic (upright) basses began immediately. But before long Epiphone was producing new lines, unrelated to the output of previous years. Thinline semi acoustics like the Epiphone Casino, Sorrento, Riviera and Sheraton were soon joined by solid bodies like the Epiphone Wilshire, Crestwood and Coronet; all distributed to dealers that wanted Gibson-quality instruments, but did not qualify to be Gibson stockists themselves.

Gibson ran a whole block in Kalamazoo giving their address as Parsons Street, whilst Epiphone were officially situated on Bush Street; just the other side of the block. The instruments were made side by side, both using the same woods, construction methods, and many of the same components. Numerous Epiphone models had a direct Gibson equivalent that sold at more or less the same price; for example the Epiphone Casino and the Gibson ES330 - or the Epiphone Rivoli and the Gibson EB2 bass. Unlike today, the 1960s US-built Epiphone line was aimed at exactly the same market as the Gibson equivalent instruments.

Epiphone Granada 1967 Epiphone advert featuring a psychedelic fish playing an Epiphone Riviera

Epiphone guitars quickly found favour in the mid-1960s music scene; bands like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals and the Kinks all played Epiphones, along with many more. But as the decade ended, CMI gave way to Norlin, and Epiphone production went to Japan.

The Norlin period

Norlin period Epiphones were initially made in Japan; they were no longer rebranded Gibson guitars, but a new budget line aimed at younger guitarists. Although some of these guitars are interesting, they are not as widely regarded by musicans or collectors as the CMI-period instruments. Towards the very end of Norlins tenure, a few Epiphones were again built in Kalamazoo, but these are very much the exception.

Todays Epiphone guitars are typically reissues of the 1960s Gibson and Epiphone instruments made in Kalamazoo - but being made in China and Korea are naturally very much cheaper instruments.

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Vintage Epiphone guitars for sale


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VINTAGE 1960'S EPIPHONE CORONET/OLYMPIC/CRESTWOOD CHIPBOARD CASE

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Epiphone FT-165 1970s Bard 12 STRING Acoustic Guitar with Hard Shell Case

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Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar Natural LN

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Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 SG-400 PRO Body/Neck Project

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1964 Epiphone Caballero Gibson LGO

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1964 Epiphone Frontier FT110 Acoustic Guitar in vintage burst Sounds Amazing!

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Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric Guitar Silverburst 888365279640

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1961 Epiphone Newport Bass w/hangtag and OC

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Epiphone 50th Ann. "1962" Sorrento Outfit Electric Guitar Natural MC

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Epiphone Les Paul 1960's Les Paul Tribute Plus Guitar w/ Case 129386 H

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Frankenstrat kit 1971 Quarter Epiphone humbucker Reflectors phenolic

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Gibson Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Custom Shop "1966" G-400 SG Electric Guitar

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UK ebay listings

VINTAGE 1960'S EPIPHONE CORONET/OLYMPIC/CRESTWOOD CHIPBOARD CASE

Current price: £63.31
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1964 Epiphone Rivoli Bass EBV232

Current price: £502.00
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Epiphone FT-145 Texan 1970s Acoustic Guitar Made In Japan

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epiphone crestwood custom 1962 50th anniversary guitar

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Epiphone J45 1963 Ltd edition acoustic second hand

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Vintage Epiphone 6830e 1971 Kalamazoo Blue Label Acoustic Guitar Gibson

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epiphone sorentto 1962

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Epiphone EA-250 Hollowbody Electric Guitar. Circa 1974. Candy Apple Red.

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1970s Epiphone Hollow body electric guitar

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1967 Epiphone Sheraton Vintage Guitar

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1966 Epiphone Magazine Ad Howard Roberts (#2)

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Epiphone Firebird 1963 VII Reissue 2005 Sunburst

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German ebay listings

Epiphone Les Paul 1960 Tribute Plus Black Cherry mit Koffer

Current price: €204.00
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EPIPHONE® CASINO BLACK WHITE BLACK 3 PLY PICKGUARD SEMIAKUSTIK JAZZ 1961-1970 ++

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Elektr. Gitarre EPIPHONE Elitist 1963 ES-335 DOT/CH , gebraucht

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EPIPHONE® RIVERA® BLACK WHITE BLACK 3 PLY PICKGUARD KALAMAZOO ARCHTOP 1972-1970

Current price: €21.95
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Epiphone, FT-165, 12-Saiten, Westerngitarre, 1970, USA, Kalamazoo, wie neu

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1964 Epiphone E230TDV "Casino" | Cherry | Rosewood Fretboard | OHC

Current price: €5115.00
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