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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
Epiphone solid-body guitars
Epiphone thinline 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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Epiphone Newport EBSF fuzz bass
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Help to identify vintage Epiphone
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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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Gibson EB2 and Epiphone Rivoli circuit information
Gibson EB2 bass guitar wiring illustrationSchematic and simplified wiring illustration for the 1960s single pickup Gibson EB2 and Epiphone Rivoli bass guitars. The original EB2 and Rivoli basses were very similar indeed, both being made side by side in Gibson's Kalamazoo plant in Michigan, USA. Differences were purely cosmetic, and electronically they were identical: a Gibson EB humbucker, one volume control, one tone control, and a baritone push button switch.
1966 Epiphone Granada E444T
1966 Epiphone Granada E444T A closer look at a 1966 Epiphone Granada. The non-cutaway Granada was the Epiphone version of the Gibson E120T thinline hollowbody. Both were built side by side in Gibson's Kalamazoo plant, and were the least expensive hollowbodies in their respective ranges. Sales of the Epiphone version were never huge (see Epiphone Granada shipping figures, at least compared to the Gibson, even when an otherwise identical cutaway model, the E444TC, was added. No Gibson cutaway version was released.
1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe EBD bass
1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe bassDescription and photographs of a 1962 Epiphone Newport Deluxe electric bass guitar. The Newport series comprised four models, the Deluxe being the top-of-the-range two-pickup model. In reality, this bass is a Gibson EB3 with no varitone control; both are short scale, all mahogany, set-necked basses, and use the same pickups and hardware. Manufactured 1961-1963
Epiphone Constellation EA72 bass amplifier
Epiphone EA72 ConstellationPage updates for the Epiphone Constellation EA72 bass amplifier. Pictures, catalogue information, specifications and shipping figures.
Epiphone Sorrento E452T - page update
1966 Epiphone E452T SorrentoPage updates for the Epiphone Sorrento 6-string thinline. New photographs of a 1966 Epiphone Sorrento thinline semi-acoustic guitar.

Vintage Epiphone guitars for sale


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Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1962 Crestwood Custom Reissue Cherry w/ Case

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Epiphone lefty Inspired by "1964" Texan Left Handed acoustic electric guitar

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Epiphone Crestwood Custom 1964 Vintage Willshire Coronet

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Epiphone ET-275 Crestwood w / Vibrato Vintage 1973-1975 Japan Model

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Epiphone 1962 Sorrento 50th Anniversary Hollowbody Electric Guitar + Case

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1970's epiphone FT -150 acoustic guitar aka "bard"

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Epiphone Limited Edition 50th Anniversary "1964" Caballero Acoustic Ebony Extras

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Gibson 70s 1970s Firebird Fire Bird Tribute Epiphone Hardshell Case

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

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1970s Epiphone ET-290 electric guitar ET290 vintage Japan RARE

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

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Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO Electric GuitarĀ - Cherry

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UK ebay listings

Epiphone J45 1963 Ltd edition acoustic second hand

Current price: £219.00
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ELECTRIC GUITAR JOHN LENNON EPIPHONE CASINO LIMITED EDITION 1965 spec. 4/4

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Epiphone Casino 1967 Real Relic - Plays Like butter - Made By Gibson USA

Current price: £1950.00
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Epiphone Crestwood Custom 1964 Vintage Willshire Coronet

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1967 Epiphone Sheraton Vintage Guitar

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1960s Epiphone / Gibson interior label - Casino / Riviera etc.

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Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1962 Crestwood Custom Reissue Cherry w/ Case

Current price: £255.18
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OLD VINTAGE GUITAR EPIPHONE FT95 FOLKSTER 1966 Made in USA kalamazoo

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1964 Epiphone Pacemaker Amplifier.

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Rare LTD ED 50th Anniversary 1962 RI GIBSON EPIPHONE SHERATON E212T Guitar +OHSC

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1970's Epiphone FT-130 Acoustic Guitar plays great!!!

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1963 Epiphone EBSF Newport Fuzztone Vintage Fuzz Rare

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German ebay listings

Epiphone Ltd. Edition 1966 G-400 Standard Naturalburst E-Gitarre

Current price: €101.00
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1967 Epiphone Riviera, vintage 6 string conversion, Case,

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Epiphone 1962 Sheraton Reissue , limited Edition, mint condition

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1967 Epiphone Riviera 12-string - Sunburst

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1964 Epiphone Professional - Cherry - w/ matching amplifier RARE !!!

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Epiphone, FT-165, 12-Saiten, Westerngitarre, 1970, USA, Kalamazoo, wie neu

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