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Epiphone Crestwood Custom

SB332 solid-body guitar

Epiphone Crestwood Custom from the 1964 Epiphone catalogueThe Epiphone Crestwood Custom from the 1964 Epiphone catalogue
Model Crestwood / Crestwood Custom SB332
Available 1349 instruments shipped between 1959-1969
Pickups Initially 2 'New York' single coil pickups, later 2 mini humbuckers
Scale 24 3/4"
Body Mahogany. 12 3/4" wide (lower bout), 15 5/8" long, 1 3/8" thick
Neck One-piece mahogany, rosewood fingerboard with pearloid oval inlays. No binding, 22 frets. Early models had a double sided headstock, changing gradually around 1964 to the Epiphone batwing one-sided headstock
Hardware 2 volume and 2 tone controls with 3-way selector switch. Tune-o-matic bridge. Epiphone Tremotone vibrato. Nickel plated throughout.
Finishes Cherry, White (from 1962) and custom colours: Sunset Yellow, California Coral, Pacific Blue

The first two Epiphone solid body guitars were manufactured at Gibson's Kalamazoo plant, in Michigan, USA. The SB332 Crestwood, and SB533 Coronet launched in 1959, using Gibson-built bodies and (usually) necks, fitted with a mix of standard Gibson parts, and old Epiphone parts, from when production was in Philadelphia, before Epiphone was bought by Gibson parent company CMI. These included the 'New York' pickups and white pointer control knobs. As they were used up, they were replaced with mini humbuckers and bell knobs respectively.

Epiphone Crestwood Custom and the Gibson SG Standard

Bodies and necks were mahogany, whilst the fretboard was rosewood; the Epiphone solid-body range could be directly correlated to the Gibson SG range sharing many features; hardware, pickup configurations, body and neck woods, construction and controls. They were all made side by side, so this is not surprising. The Crestwood Custom corresponds to the SG Standard in terms of build, pickup configuration (although the Epiphone uses smaller humbuckers) and ornamentation - despite the fact that this model precedes the SG Standard by two years. The Crestwood did have some interesting features of it's own - naturally the mini humbuckers were used in several Epiphone models, but the clear plexiglass scratchplate of early examples is quite unique and a very distinctive feature.

1962 Epiphone Crestwood Custom1962 Epiphone Crestwood Custom - image courtesy Garys Classic Guitars

60s Epiphones were not regarded as second class Gibsons, demonstrated by the fact that the Crestwood Custom actually costs more than the SG Standard, $340 vs $305 (1/10/66 pricing). It also sold less in its entire run than the Gibson sold year by year. In total 1349 Crestwood / Crestwood Custom's were shipped over ten years.

Epiphone Crestwood body style

Most 1960s Epiphone solid guitars used the same body shape - double cutaway, and initially symetrical. In 1963 the entire series was redesigned; the overal body dimensions didn't change, however the lower cutaway was shortened slightly, and the old two-sided headstock changed to a single sided 'batwing' style. The Crestwood got a very new scratchplate design - white (or tortoiseshell on White guitars) replacing the old clear plexiglass version, and with the controls mounted into them, rather than directly into the guitar's body. The three-way pickup selector switch was relocated to the far end of the guitar. Around this time a similar model with the same second Crestwood body style, and an additional pickup, the Crestwood Deluxe was added to the line, shipping through to 1969.

Epiphone Crestwood Custom catalogue appearances

Epiphone 1961 full line catalogue

1961 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalogue

The professional player who wants the finest quality in a solid body guitar finds it in the Epiphone Crestwood Custom.

Epiphone 1962 full line catalogue

1962 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalogue

A double cutaway model with two adjustable polepiece pickups, it offers superb tone, perfect response, fast easy action, low frets, plus solid body durability

Epiphone 1964 full line catalogue

1964 full line catalogue

This is the first catalogue to show the new-style asymetrical Crestwood, with six-a-side tuners

Epiphone 1966 full line catalogue

1966 full line catalogue

Epiphone is proud to present solid body instruments that offer the depth, the sharp treble, the biting tone and the virility that all guitarists seek from a solid body instrument

Epiphone Crestwood Custom shipping statistics

Shipping figures for the Crestwood Custom indicate that 1349 Customs were produced in total. The figures below are as available from the factory, but may actually be a little misleading. Shipping figures prior to 1966 do not separate by finish; each years total is for all Cherry, White and custom colour guitars. Beyond 1966, Cherry guitars are separated from other finishes. It would be incorrect to assume Cherry finishes began in 1966, when in fact it was the only finish listed as available throughout the period of production. White was added as a finish option in 1962.

  1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
SB332 43 45 135 259 134 291 229 15 9
SB332 Cherry 132 33 9 15

In the 1970s the Epiphone (now Japanese manufactured, Matsumoku) launched a new guitar dubbed Crestwood, however with a model number ET278. This was a double pickup instrument with a similar body shape, but a bolt-on neck, and very different hardware.

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