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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
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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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EPIPHONE Inspired by 1964 Texan Acoustic Electric Guitar Vintage Cherry Gig Bag

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VINTAGE 1976-1979 EPIPHONE GIBSON - FT-140 ACOUSTIC GUITAR - & ALSO SOME EXTRAS

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Epiphone 50th Anniversary "1962" Sorrento Hollowbody Guitar

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Epiphone Ltd. Ed. 1964 Caballero Acoustic Electric Parlor Guitar

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Vintage 1970's Epiphone EA-250 Riviera Electric Guitar GREAT CONDITION!

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Vintage Epiphone Chipboard Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar Case 1970's 1980's

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1967 Gibson ES330 Guitar Original P90s & Epiphone Casino Vibrato

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EPIPHONE SHERATON 1962 E212T REISSUE - EXCELLENT CONDITION!!

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1970's Vintage Epiphone EA250 Riviera Guitar Body and Neck

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Epiphone ET-285 1972 70s Vintage Wilshire Newport Bass

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Epiphone / 50th Anniversary "1962" Crestwood Custom guitar Gig Bag δ

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1964 Epiphone Pacemaker Amplifier.

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UK ebay listings

Epiphone J45 1963 Ltd edition acoustic second hand

Current price: £219.00
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Epiphone FT-150 Six-String Acoustic Guitar (c. 1970), made in Japan.

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Vintage Epiphone 6830e 1971 Kalamazoo Blue Label Acoustic Guitar Gibson

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Epiphone Limited Edition 1966 SG G-400 Silverburst Guitar

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1965 Epiphone Wilshire, Rare “Red Fox” Finish (#EPE0283)

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1963 Vintage Epiphone Rivoli Bass Guitar with case

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1970s Epiphone Hollow body electric guitar

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Gorgeous EPIPHONE EA-260 (RIVOLI) BASS -- Early 1970s

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Epiphone by Gibson G400 1966 Pro Reissue - Ebony Black & Coil Tapping Humbuckers

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1967 Epiphone Riviera (#EPE0278)

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

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1963 Epiphone Casino (#EPE0245)

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German ebay listings

1965 Epiphone Olympic Double - Cherry - Compensated Stop Tail

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Epiphone 1966 G-400 SG Pro Pe - Top Zustand

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1966 Epiphone Olympic Single No2 - Cherry

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1965 Epiphone Olympic Single - Cherry

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1969 EPIPHONE SORRENTO - made in USA by GIBSON

Current price: €1999.00
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Elektr. Gitarre EPIPHONE Elitist 1963 ES-335 DOT/CH , gebraucht

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